Girl Crush: Get Nikki Reed’s Striking Makeup (Bold Brows and Large Doe Eyes) at the 2015 CMT Music Awards
Gahh – Nikki Reed is just too beautiful for words. Look – just look at her striking face.
If you want to copy Nikki Reed’s bold brows, wide dramatic eyes and nude muted lip that she donned at the 2015 CMT Music Awards, then follow my simple step by step below.
Here’s how I looked after I copied Nikki’s makeup:
1. With clean primed skin (I like NP Set’s Brightening Primer, $20) take Stila’s Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer, $65. Push the foundation into your skin and your neckline with warm fingers and finish off by buffing out any uneven areas with a damp Beauty Blender, $28.
This long-wear foundation also comes with a concealer in the lid (genius, I know!) so you can hide any under eye bags or blemishes as well.
2. Time to set your foundation. A great way to do this is with a powder contour palette. If you can get your hands on the Lorac Pro Contour Kit ($45, available in the US only) use this to shape your face. If you’re in Australia, a great alternative is Smashbox’s Step-By-Step Contour Kit, $60. Concentrate the darkest shade under your cheekbones, across your hair line and under your chin and blend away until you’ve creating supermodel-worthy definition. Here’s a great video that shows you how to use this kit.
3. Now that you’ve perfected your base, it’s time to add definition to your eyes – basically the focal point of this entire Nikki Reed beauty look. Start by taking Kat Von D’s ah-mazing Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette, $46. This palette is so clever and allows you to create either a really neutral highlighted eye, a more smokey darker eye or a light-peachy wide-eyed look.
To get Nikki’s look above, I’d stick to the first four shades on the left side of the palette. Use the creamy beige (large rectangle pan) all over your lid, highlight with the lightest colour on your brow bone and inner eye and use the darker chocolate pigments on the outer corner of your eye and blend out so that they all merge together flawlessly. Make sure to run one of your eyeshadow brushes under your bottom lash line to bring the whole look together.
4. Once you’ve mastered your eyeshadow, it’s time to apply some false eyelashes. For Nikki’s wide-eyes you need to pump up the drama with fanned out falsies – and not just one pair, but two! Yes, layer on two pairs of natural looking false eyelashes.
I recommend Eylure’s Volume 101 Lash Starter Kit, $13.99. Buy two packs and stack the lashes – you won’t believe how gorgeous your eyes will look!
5. When your eyelashes are securely in place and dry, take Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black, $29. Keeping your eyelid taunt, draw a neat line from your inner corner and flick outwards creating a beautiful wing. Make sure your line is thiner at the inner corner of your eye and thickens towards the end of your flick.
6. Take any mascara that you have and carefully fan out your bottom eyelashes. It doesn’t really matter what mascara you use for this as we don’t want overly loud or long lashes. Just a quick neat coat.
7. With your big and beautiful eyes done, it’s time to emphasise your brows. Nikki has defined and darkened hers with an eyebrow pencil. Take L’oreal Paris Color Riche Le Sourcils Eyebrow Pencil, $22.95, and use the spoolie on the end to brush your brows up and out before filling them in with light and feathery strokes. You want to build slowly until you reach the perfect amount of depth.
8. Finally, Nikki was smart to keep her pout muted considering her eyes are heavily made-up. Take NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita, $39, and line and fill in your lips. Smooch together and voila! You’re done!
Take a mirror and sigh in satisfaction at how gorgeous your makeup look. Thanks for the inspo Nikki Reed!