27 Feb 2013

Creating an easy smoky eye with Autograph from Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer sent me some products from the Autograph makeup range for creating a red carpet look.  Slightly lacking in red carpet invitations, I decided to try them when I went out for dinner on Saturday night.  

The products I used were - 

Base | Clarins beauty flash balm | Laura Mercier silk creme foundation in sand beige | Soap & Glory trick and treatment dark circle concealer 

Eyes | Urban Decay primer potion | *Autograph mono eyeshadow in gunmetal | *Autograph eyeshadow brush | *Autograph khol pencil in charcoal | Maybelline mega plush mascara

Brows | MUA brow palette 

Cheeks | Illamasaqua hussy

Lips | Maybelline color whisper in lust for blush

I tend to avoid dark eyeshadow as I'm not at all confident applying it and I always think the darker the colour the more obvious the mistakes!  I think I didn't do too badly here though, as I just used the grey shadow all over the lid up to the crease.  It's when I try to get clever with a two colour smoky eye that I get into trouble.

The Autograph eyeshadow was easy to apply and I used the Autograph brush to apply the colour over the lid and got a pretty even result.  The brush was a lot softer and easier to use than I expected considering it only costs £6.  I did move on to a MAC 217 to blend the edges, but the M&S brush was perfect for applying the colour.  I lined my eyes with the Autograph liner which was really smooth and soft - it seems to tie the look together and gives a bit more depth to my fairly basic smoky eye.  The colour makes my eyes look browner too.

As I was going out I used my Laura Mercier silk creme foundation, which gives a more dewy look than my usual daytime choice of Estee Lauder double wear, and I couldn't resist my go to blush of the moment, Illamasqua hussy.  

I'm also wearing my favourite lip product right now which is a Maybelline color whisper.  They're a lot like Revlon lip butters but in some cases creamier and more pigmented, depending on the shade.  This colour is called lust for blush and it's barely left my lips since I bought it in Canada.  I'll do a post showing the three shades I bought soon - I really hope these will be coming to the UK.  

I quite enjoyed this little challenge using some eye colours I wouldn't usually experiement with.  I thought I'd go all out and curl my hair to complete the look as the boy was taking me for dinner at Gaucho at the O2 (which was awesome btw).  

The Autograph makeup range from Marks and Spencer is available here.  

What do you think of my smoky grey eye attempt? 
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  1. You look lovely and I'm LOVING your hair! What did you use to style it? x

    1. Thanks so much Alice! I sent you a tweet to let you know it was the Enrapture heated rollers xx

  2. I like the look, simple yet glam; and your eyeshadow looks great too! :)

  3. I love this look, more of a subtle smokey eye which I like. You look fab.

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    1. Thank you - it's all down to the lovely shadow being easy to blend I think!


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