smokey eye


On my trip to Europe last month I treated myself on some makeup goodies for the first time in ages. I either get makeup to review or I buy makeup for my kit. The Nars Skin Deep Pallette plus the Natasha Denona and Fenty Beauty goodies are all for me. I am definitely not sharing those with the models I work with. The Nars palette is so pretty with warm neutral matt shades and then some gorgeous shimmer shades. I love the rust shade so I went with that for this makeup look.


Gone are the days off fumbling for a pencil sharpener when you realise your eyeliner is blunt or after you have applied its slowly fading away. These days more and more makeup brands are making eyeliners that have built in sharpeners (happy dance) and are long wearing and I mean they seriously don’t budge all day long.

I was first introduced to the Samshbox Always Sharp Waterproof Eyeliners last year at their launch. I love the fact that you twist the cap and then hey presto its sharp really its magic. This makes my life as a makeup artist so much easier plus there is no mess. The liner glides on so easily and really lasts all day and they are perfect on their own to create a smokey eye and I don’t lie when I see at the end of the day you still have a smokey eye. There are 2 editions to the liner the matt version and the 3D version of which has a slight shimmer and gives the smokey eye more of a pop.

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My latest purchase after attending the Bobbi Brown launch last week is the Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner, which is basically their gel liner in a pen version. So no more angle brush and pot you just take the liner and apply onto the lash line and within a minute when dries it won’t budge. Plus the big bonus is you take the bottom part of the pen off and there is a sharpener so no more trying to find the eyeliner sharpener you have it in built. Its super matt and long lasting which is basically what we need, who wants to be applying eyeliner every 5 mins I know I don’t.

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Makeup is all about making our lives easier these days and for those of us who struggled in the past its now so easy to create the perfect line or the perfect smokey eye using just one product.

Have you tried any of these liners yet?

Shahnaz x

In this video I use the Stila In The Moment Palette to create a day time natural look to more of a smokey for the evening. Its a great palette to have with you at work and then when its time for drinks or dinner you can just smoke it up with the eyeliner and darker shades.

In this video I used:

Dr Haushka Day Rose Cream in Light

Stila Palette In The Moment

Smashbox Brow Tech

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder

Mac Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle

Lancome Blush in Love

Mac Fall 13 Lip Palette -Autumn

Soap and Glory One Heck of A Blot

Hope you enjoy the video.

Shahnaz x

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The 2 Minute Smokey

So I am off to a business dinner tonight and because I never have much time to really get ready I thought a quick smokey eye with the Rimmel Scandal Eyes in Guilty Grey which I have blended in and finished off with the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara.

Enjoy your eve.

Shahnaz x

My Latest Beauty Shoot: Its All About The Drama

My latest beauty shoot with photographer Justin Polkey and model Emma Menteath was all about the drama. Strong facial expressions was the essence of the shoot and focus on different parts of the face so the lip, the cheek and the eyes and with a hair change each time.

The image above was the first shot where the hair was tonged and set in pin curls first while I prepped the skin and then when make up was done I brushed the hair out and spritzed with spray. The key make up for this look was the red lip. I used Mac Ruby Woo and a Mac clear lipgloss to create the lip. Justin wanted the skin really flawless so I prepped skin with a rich moisturiser and then buffed in the Georgio Armani Luminous Skin Foundation.

For the second look Justin wanted to focus on the cheek so it was all about contouring and highlighting which is a favourite of mine:

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I used the Chanel Healthy Glow Powder in no 30 and 40 for the contouring of the face and for the highlighting I used Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in Lightscapade which creates an amazing luminous finish. For the hair Justin wanted it ip and over so I flipped the hair over the head to the side and pinned into place.

For the last look it was about a dramatic eye we filmed a video tutorial on how to create the smokey eye so check out the video: https://www.shahnazlovesbeauty.com/videos/smokey-eye-tutorial/

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We changed the lip to nude so that the focus could be on the eye. I based the lid with mac Blacktrack Gel Liner as its amazing as a base for a smokey eye, it dries quickly so be sure to blend immediately and when you apply another colour onto the black it makes the colour really pop. To blend out the edges I used Mac in Carbon and then on the lid I used a silver shade from my YSL Chromatics in no 10 on the lids up to the crease. For the hair I created a chignon at the back and teased the top of the hair and pinned it in.

So here is a little insight into one of my shoots. Check out the behind the scenes of the shoot: https://www.shahnazlovesbeauty.com/makeup/beauty-shoot-behind-scenes/

Hope you enjoyed my post. x

I recently got my hands on the new Nars Eyeshadow Outremer which is an amazing Colbalt bright blue colour and I really wanted to create a tutorial using this shade. Its also a great alternative to a black or brown smokey eye and its very modern plus on trend! I also matched it with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hr eyeshadow in Electric blue as the base. If you can’t get your hands on the Nars shadow then you can just use the Maybelline cream shadow as its amazing on its own.

Here are the products I used:

Maybelline 24 HR Colour Tattoo in Electric Blue

Nars Eyeshadow in Outremer

Charlotte Tilbury Liquid Eye Pencil Rock n Kohl

Mac Brow Pencil in Fling

Charlotte Tilbury Fat Lashes Mascara

Topshop Glow highlighter in Gleam

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze

Makeup Forever HD Cream Blush in Coral

Maybelline Colour Whisper Lipstick in Cherry on Top

Hope you enjoy the tutorial. x

In a recent beauty shoot with photographer Justin Polkey and model Emma Menteath and we filmed a video tutorial on the last look of the shoot. Emma has her own youtube channel My Life in Pink and is also a very successful model and she asked if we could film a tutorial and a behind the scenes video (this will be live in a week or so).

So here is the video on how to create a smokey eye with black and silver:

Here are the products I used:

Mac Blacktrack Fluidline Gel Liner
Mac Eyeshadow in Carbon Shanaz
YSL Pure Chromotics Eyeshadow Palette in No 10 – Silver shade
Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara
Mac 217 Blending Brush

Hope you enjoy the video. x


I love these colours for the eye and it gives the smokey eye a more modern and fresh feel over a black smokey that can be really harsh on some people. Here is a look I did for an evening out and the products I used:

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For the face I used the Geogio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and buffed it in with my Real Techniques Stippling brush. I then highlighted with my Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand on the top of my cheek bones and contoured using the bronzer from the NYX Bronzer/Blush Duo in Ibiza and I used the blush from the Duo on my cheeks.

For the eyes I applied the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyshadow in no 86 Ebloui on the lids up to the crease and then in the crease I blended the Mac Eyeshadow in Mauveless and winged out slightly and under my eyes. To add a little more pop I applied the Mac Pigment in Rushmetal on the centre of my lids and in the inner corners of my eye. I filled my brows to create shape with Mac Pencil in Lingering in just the areas where needed and applied the L’Oreal Volume Excess Lashes Mascara in black.

For the lips I wanted more of a stain effect so I dabbed the Mac lipstick in Amplified Watch Me Simmer Lipstick.

Hope you enjoyed my post. x

So this morning I was filming some more make up video’s and one of the looks was a smokey eye that I had done for last week’s South African Grazia. I did the look this morning but changed it slightly and 8 hours later the eye make up was still intact. (The image is a pic I took of the make up I did for Grazia.)

If you are going on a night out and you want your smokey eye to last the night. Apply a gel liner as your base blend it in at the crease so it loooks seamless it can be any colour you want. Then blend the same colour shadow into the crease. Then you can apply your colours onto the gel if you want to create more intensity. The gel liner sets very quickly and has amazing staying power.

Hope you enjoyed the post.