Kylie Minogue and the Non-Traditional, Shimmery, Smoky Eye

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Kylie Minogue - Kylie Fashion book launch, Saks, NYC, June 2013

I was in NYC this week, and I'm so mad that I missed (by a day) a Kylie Minogue sighting. I love her, so I totally would have gone. She was at Saks Fifth Avenue (a stone's throw from my hotel) for a public appearance to promote her new book, Kylie Fashion... and holy eff, she looked amazing.

Kylie Minogue - Kylie Fashion book launch, Saks, NYC, June 2013

Her SKIN! It's glowing. And Kylie is 45 years old. Now, I'm not kidding myself that she hasn't done injectables (although this journalist interviewed her at the event and observed that her forehead still moves when she talks); it's more the über-flawlessness that I'm astounded by. There's no retouching in these photos... and at this resolution, even the best makeup job can't cover up uneven texture and pigmentation (which she clearly does not have).

The head-to-toe is also impressive:

Kylie Minogue - Kylie Fashion book launch, Saks, NYC, June 2013

I love that she actually wore an ankle bracelet (a crime on anyone else). And God, how many 25-year-olds would kill for her figure... let alone 45-year-olds? Insane!

But what I want to talk about regarding Kylie isn't just her apparent agelessness... it's her makeup. We may never be able to get her rad body or flawless skin, but at least we can do the cosmetic part!

Take a closer look:

Kylie Minogue - Kylie Fashion book launch, Saks, NYC, June 2013

See the eye area? It's a smoky eye, but it's not the kind everyone thinks about when you use that term. Here's the breakdown:

  • A sheer wash of warm, slightly shimmery, taupe eyeshadow all across the lids, extending above the crease more dramatically at the outer edges. The easiest smoky eye technique you'll ever do! The key thing is to choose a colour that's not too dark compared to your skin, and to blend really, really well. Lately I've been using Stila Smudge Crayons (waterproof primer + shadow + liner all in one) for everything, and the shade Antique is really close to what Kylie is wearing. It goes on like a creamy pencil so you'd just need to blend it out with a brush.
Stila Smudge Crayon in Antique
  • A second, soft layer of plum eyeshadow just at the outer edges to add interest. You can only really see this when she lowers her gaze, so I'd say this step is optional.
  • A defining black mascara on both the upper and lower lashes. The new one from Maybelline New York would be a good choice, and there is also the new MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara (my latest obsession), which has an amazing skinny brush so you can get super-close definition.
MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara
Too Faced 3-Way Lash Lining Tool
  • Brown eyeliner softly smudged along the lower lash line to add definition without closing up the eyes.

I love this makeup because it's dressy but without the harshness you tend to get with darker colours. Hooray—there IS another way to do a smoky eye!

Kylie Minogue - Kylie Fashion book launch, Saks, NYC, June 2013

As for the rest of Kylie's look, her eye colours harmonize really well with the pale peach (not-too-shiny) lipstick, peach blush and of course ridiculously good skin. I'm debating over whether her eyebrows needed filling in, but I think I'm okay with them just natural like this. It keeps everything nice and soft and blonde—a cool contrast to her graphic black earrings and dress.

Do you think Kylie looks good here?
Are you a fan of the non-traditional smoky eye?
What are your favourite shadows and mascaras right now?