Look I Love: Shu Qi on Harper’s Bazaar 2011 (Smokey Eyes and Nude Lips Makeup Tutorial)

Maybe Mother Nature was listening to my cries of beauty blogger burnout, but she gave us a snow day in Toronto today! That means I have a tutorial for you! πŸ™‚

I don’t know who Shu Qi is. Okay… was just told that she’s a Taiwanese actress who started out as a Playboy model. There’s your trivia for the day. The other thing I know is that wow, she’s stunning.

Photographed by Chen Man

I’ll give you a second to pick yourself up off the floor. πŸ˜‰

I am crazy — absolutely bananasΒ — over this smokey eye. I thought it would be a great look to recreate with the Urban Decay Smoked PaletteΒ and Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette.

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Get the Look

  1. Start with a matte ivory base (Urban Decay Kinky) all over the eye lid up to the brow bone.
  2. Place a matte medium brown (Laura Mercier Cafe au Lait) all over the lid.
  3. Start sketching out the smokey eye shape with a deep bronze (Urban Decay Barlust). Place on the inner crease and outer crease and pull out towards the temples.
  4. Blend that out like your life depends on it.
  5. Deepen the inner crease with a matte dark brown (Urban Decay Backdoor). Also place the same colour along the inner and outer thirds of the lower lash line.
  6. Brighten the lid and middle of the lower lash line with a shimmery light taupe (L’Oreal Tender Caramel).
  7. With a pencil brush, darken the outer and inner crease with a matte black (Urban Decay Blackout). Also take this on the outer corner of the lower lash line.
  8. Blend that out like your life depends on it. Seeing a pattern here?
  9. Highlight under the brows with a shimmery champagne (Laura Mercier Sunlit).
  10. Line the waterlines and smudge a black pencil (Urban Decay Perversion) on the top lash line. Add mascara and the eyes are done!
  11. Fake fuller lips by outlining with a nude brown lip pencil (MAC Oak).
  12. Fill in the lips with a sheer nude lipstick (Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani SheerΒ 100Β — part of Spring 2013 collection).

Keep reading to see the tutorial and more pictures!

More Pictures!

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I hope you try this smokey eye technique. πŸ™‚ It’s more dramatic than I’m used to. If you want to tone it down, don’t take it too far out and up the crease. I promise you’ll love it.

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  • This is absolutely beautiful! That look is just so stunning on both the model and you! I’m definitely going to try this out for myself sometime! Now I’m getting excited! :] You did a great job!

    • Let me know how it goes, okay? πŸ™‚ Glad you liked it.

  • dowantmakeup

    I’m in love! I have such eye-look envy right now. Stunning, beautiful, etc
    You might know Shu Qi from the first Transporter movie. Always thought she was gorgeous.

    • You should try it Angela! πŸ™‚ I don’t think I’ve seen Transporter.

  • Linda

    I LOVE this smokey eye. It looks sophisticated, and pretty. Great job in replicating it perfectly!

  • You are the best. The BEST!!!!! <3

  • Eeee WHOA TOO GORGEOUS! Me likey! I have to learn how to do this!!

    Shu Qi is actually Taiwanese. She started out starring in adult films, but then proved herself to be a serious, award-winning actress. She’s also the face of Flower Kenzo this year!

    • Hope you do give it a go Sunny! Thanks for the correction, I’ve updated my post. πŸ˜‰

  • Gorgeous, gorgeous! I need more eye brushes in my life, I think. Recs, Arianne? Affordable recs, preferably T_T

    • UMMM… Bdellium might be a good place to start. Have you tried them? My MUA friends are always raving about the MAC 217 dupe from Bdellium.

  • emlangille

    This is so amazing. I agree, I need more eyebrushes in my life to accomplish this. Also, maybe some talent lol but it looks awesome on you

    • Haha just practice! πŸ™‚ A lot of MAC 217s hahaha.

  • Wow, I really love the eye technique that you used, I never tried this myself but now I totally want to! You did the look justice, it’s totally hot, smokey and sexy!

    • Good luck Teri! πŸ™‚ Would love to hear how it goes.

  • Omg! You look stunning.. Just as gorgeous as Shu! I’m definitely going to try this technique! I really cannot wait. I’m so excited ha! Also could you enlighten us on what pencil brush you used? As the white bristle one? Thank you gorgeous!

    • Yayyyy I wanna hear how it goes Taylor!

  • lilladylife

    how gorgeous you look!!!! i couldnt stop staring at the eyes and i def need to see that lipstick in person!! bravo!

    • Thanks J! The lipstick is pretty sheer, but I still love the formula!

  • Oh wow! The smokey eyes are absolutely stunning on her and equally so on you! I’m inspired to create my own version… like you suggested, I’ll probably keep it concentrated just in the crease

    • Would love to hear how it goes Catherine!

  • You are kinda sorta really super hot? Stop it? Ugh I love this on you. I swear any lip color looks great on you…bolds, nudes, etc!

  • Wow! You totally nailed this look.

  • Liz

    GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! *thud*

    • *picks you up* Thank you Liz.

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  • nini

    i love this, i guess it is the first time where a blogger copy a look and the make-up is spot on (the intensity of colour, the shimmer, etc, perfect.) and i love this site but i notice, that from time to time i get really distracted with….your nostrils. there are pics where instead of me appreciating the look, i end up just getting a little hypnotised by yr nose….in a bad way hehe. BUT, wait, i DID say i love this site, right?? some pics i dont notice it much….but in this particular one…….i am going insane hehe.

    i love the step by step, im looking forward to going out and putting the same look on! thanks so much.

    • Thanks for the feeback @b06c97c37cf86a8a05cc1465bc60b669:disqus. I’m glad you found it useful.

      My nose has been an ongoing joke in my family for a while, so that doesn’t bother me. I’m perfectly happy with my nose. However, I think if a person is self-conscious about a body part (whether it’s on their face or rest of the body), a comment like this can really affect a person’s confidence, so I ask you to think twice next time before criticizing someone’s face. Of course, constructive criticism is always welcome on makeup application or technique.

  • Lily

    You definitely nailed this look, babe… down to the minor details! The photo of Shu Qi looks filtered, but either way, you look stunning. I have to try this look one day. Gorgeous!!!

    • I’d love to see your interpretation Lily! Thanks!

  • Oh Arianne! This is fierce. FIERCE! Absolutely LOVE!

  • Wow! This is GORGEOUS! You look absolutely stunning. I’ll have to give this a try! Thanks, Arianne!

  • Ari, this is so stunning. I’m jealous! You gorgeous girl!

  • Damn girl, I’m loving this dramatic smoky eye on you! Both of you are stunning πŸ™‚

  • This was amazing–truly amazing! You are really good at this! πŸ˜› Thanks for the tutorial, Arianne! I’m off to practice πŸ˜€

    • How did the practising go, Becca? πŸ™‚

  • The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    This looks amazing and beautiful.

  • Yep – LOVE IT! I love the look and love the inspiration it came from! You really can’t beat a bronze-y smokey eye.

    • Love a bronze-y smokey! πŸ™‚ Thanks Toya!

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  • WOWZA! This is one of your best makeup looks ever!

    • Thanks so much, A Stylized Hysteria!

  • i’ve bookmarked this! YAY. i’ll have to try it. that girl is too pretty!

    • Thank you Joyce! Let me know how it goes!

  • You have the most perfect face and complexion to pull off this look. While I love bright lips on you, I think I love a nude lips/sultry eyes look the best. You’re absolutely stunning!

  • Lenita

    wow ariane, that is spot on! will go and try!

  • ABI

    It looks amazing!!!!! Great tutorial πŸ˜€

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  • You and JLovesMac on youtube are like totally twinning.

  • Lorraine

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have and love both these palettes and have been looking for new ways to use them. Bonus since I can use them together! Tried today and paired with Laura Mercier Eye Kohl in Black Gold instead of the black pencil. It came out fantastic! More looks and tutorials featuring these palettes, pretty please?

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  • Carol Pennington

    I love this look! I am a huge fan of smokey and bronzey eye make up and I’m half Asian (even though I don’t look particularly Asian) so I am pleased to have stumbled across your tutorial. The colours are great and create such a sexy eye. You have such beautiful skin by the way. β™₯

  • I love this smoky eye….I’m going to try and find the alternative in my MK makeup and if I can’t I will def purchase those you suggest.

  • Am obsessed with this tutorial, A — gorgeous. And that shot of Shu Qi is stunning (I think she was in The Transporter with Jason Statham). LOVE this so much. And could you be hotter?