How Many Eye Makeup Products Does it Take to Create a Red Carpet-Worthy Look?

While perusing photos from the fabulous 2012 MET Gala, I came across this shot of Glee star Lea Michele. I totally dig her eye makeup look here, and wondered: What does it really take to create a similar look? One that would photograph equally as well. I recently had some photos taken and I am always amazed at how natural I end up looking in shots, even after applying more makeup than usual. So, I was curious to know what Michele’s makeup artist did with her eye makeup for this occasion to create this stunning, notice-me look. Here’s what celebrity makeup artist Melanie Inglessis did:

First, she lined Michele’s eyes with a plum eyeliner. She used Avon Eye Brightening Pencil in Plumberry, $7. Next she swiped Michele’s lids with two shades of creamy copper eyeshadow — one neutral, one brighter. She used Avon Eye Brightening Pencil in Honey Blue, $7 from lashlines to creases and Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Enrapture, $26 on the inner corners of the eyes. Then, using a crease brush, she blended the edges of the plum liner with the copper shadow to create a smoky effect.

To add more drama to the eyes, she swiped a dark chocolate colored shadow over the plum liner (she used Chanel Ombre Essentielle in Mahogany, $28.50), and finished the eyes with two coats of black mascara (she used Avon ExtraLasting Mascara in Extreme Black, $9.50). Though she didn’t mention adding false lashes or the fact that Michele has lash extensions, I’m assuming that one of the two things helped complete the lash-heavy look.

Who would have known by looking at this photo that Michele was sporting both plum and copper shades on her eyes? It’s so not obvious, but those sneaky additions of color are probably what give her eyes that dimensional, sparkling finish. And, it proves that layering products — ones that vary in color and texture — is also key to creating a red carpet look. In total, Inglessis used five products on Michele’s eyes alone, and that doesn’t include the false lashes or lash extensions, so six is the more accurate answer to my initial question.

So now I need to know, how many eye makeup products do you use when creating a special occasion look?

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