Sunday, August 14, 2011

Smokey Summer Rain

Bonjour les filles!!

Happy summer rainy days everyone :)) I love summer rain and could sleep all day hearing the raindrops beat against my window, it is such a soothing sound... August is one of my favorite months, not only because it's summer, but also because of all the great people who celebrate it as their birth month. So, Happy Birthday to Kenya who turns the BIG 3-0 today & to my bro & sis who turned 4 on Friday!!! Yaaayyyy & roooarrrr for all the amazing LEOS in my life!!!

In my maquillage du jour or makeup of the day, I'm featuring another ready-to-wear look: a simple, silver / gray smokey eye using my NYX Smokey Eye palette in honor of the rain gods :)) Hope you likey...
Read more for pix & how-to

A classic gray smokey eye is a "must-know" for every girl in her makeup repertoire. The smokey eye look is chic, flattering, and easy; plus, it can be worn with any outfit and on any occasion. I love the smokey eye on rainy days, hence I'm pulling it out today :)) Here's my NYX Smokey Eye palette that made it all possible :)

To achieve the eye look, start with a good primer (NYX white base or Urban Decay primer potion)
  1. Using a flat stiff brush and patting motions, apply the lighter silver shadow all over your lid, staying under the crease.
  2. Next, apply a darker silver to the outer corner using the same brush and technique. This step gives the eye more dimension and smokiness.
  3. Take a warm matte brown shadow on a fluffy dome shaped brush and blend out the edges of the silver using windshield wiper motions. The shadow should be applied on the crease or slightly above the crease.
  4. Clean the fluffy dome brush and "erase" or blend out the edges of the brown using the same windshield wiper technique.
  5. Add a highlight to the inner corner and at the high point of your brow arch.
  6. Line the top lash line (optional) and apply mascara. I like a bit of sharpness with my smokey eye, so I usually line :)
Above is my favorite summer rain picture taken by moi, while living in Paris a couple years ago. I was coming back from an Erasmus (EU student exchange program) outing in Montmartre and was sitting cozy inside the bus on my hour bus ride back home. I lived on the border of 6th & 14th arrondissements (all the way across town from Montmartre)... I remember feeling very content and melancholy while taking this pic and now I know why...



Maryam Maquillage


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  1. did you read my mind? nothing is better then warm summer rainy days... those days are the most creative for me. lovely picture of rainy Paris and all above..

  2. i love that pic! I bet if you put it in photoshop and did some adjusting with colors it look like a piece of art :)


  3. Very pretty, love that picture in paris

  4. Love the eye make up and the Paris pic! I was just listening to Edith Piaf! heheh ^_^

  5. Beautiful look dear.
    Wow I wish to visit Paris someday. I took French in high school, but I hardly remember anything, lol. In college, I decided to study Japanese instead.

  6. I love this combo!! Rain makes me really melancholic, I just want to snuggle up inside, under a blanket.
    I hope you took advantage of all those birthdays and had some lovely cake, girl!!! Hahaha :)
    I have also left a piece of my heart in Montmartre..

  7. love this look! your teeth look super white!!! :)

  8. such a great look!!! I definitely need to get my hands on that nyx palette. I hope to visit Paris one day, seems like such a beautiful place :)

  9. Umm, I think my life would be complete if I got to experience rain in Paris. I bet it doesn't get ANY better than that. You my dear look drop dead gorgeous per usual! You have such amazing skin! I'm sure you could bring a zombie back to life with that smile! Besos!<33

  10. How beautiful! love how the gray looks. :D
    I too love rainy days! So soothing and I love how the earth smells, all wet.

  11. you are just so PRETTY BABE!! and LOVE your nail art designs

  12. thanks ladies!!! Paris rain is indeed the best, it's so darn romantic haha :)) and yes, I definitely got lots of bday cake!!!

  13. I love silver and grey smokey eyes~ It's such a lovely look on you~

  14. The rain gods are pleased by your offering! Beautiful smokey eye, reminds me of the sky during an evening thunderstorm.

    And now you've gone and made me miss jolie Paris. I really need to go back. Alors, I do not have l'argent.

  15. very simple and pretty, and that picture should be a postcard!

  16. Hey babe,

    was just wondering if you liked my blog as much i liked yours would you want to follow each other?

    if YES all you need to do is follow me and i will follow back for SURE:)

    PS: you just have STUNNING features!!!

  17. you look pretty and love the look. :)

    I love the shot that you took in Paris <3

  18. I love this look - it's so striking yet understated at the same time.


    Lots of love from Sydney,

    x Kel

    being a backstage diva

  19. I lovee summer rain or just rain in general esp. when you're about to sleep! It makes everything so cozy (: Your eyemakeup look is so pretty! I would love to go to Paris one day!

  20. Very pretty as always:) I love that picture, i'm a fan of the rain!

  21. super cool makeup! im going to try it out this weekend!

    the fashlight

  22. That's a really pretty look Maryam and I love the rain picture too.

  23. I love the Paris pic! I agree, a grey smokey eye is a makeup essential, it's classy and it always looks beautiful! I love your take on it!


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