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The Sultry, Smoky Makeup to Try

The Sultry, Smoky Makeup to Try
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The sultry, smoky makeup look might be a classic, but the products we rely on for it are always changing. If you are a bit of a makeup junkie, this is our pick of the new must-haves that have landed on site just in time for Valentine's Day. Get ready to fall head over heels!

Smoky Eyes and Sultry Lips

The new sultry look is doing things a little bit differently. Gone are the nudes and neutrals of the traditional smoky look; now eyes feature a bit of shimmer and colour, whilst the lips are going plump, defined and luscious.

With new launches from NARS, Benefit and Elizabeth Arden, these are some of our current favourites.

NARS Cosmetics Duo Eye Shadow (Various Shades)

Featured in our Make Me Blush Valentine's edit, this limited edition eyeshadow duo adds just the right amount of shimmer to your eye. Use the soft pink as an inner eye highlight and the smoky violet adds subtle shadows. We love to use it wet for a more intense application, or as a shimmering layer over other colours.

benefit They're Real Duo Eyeshadow Blender Provocative Plum

If you're looking for the simple way to do smoke, look no further than the new They're Real Eyeshadow Palettes from Benefit. With silky smooth shadows it is so easy to build up into a rich smoky eye. There are a range of different shades but the Provocative Plum is our favourite.

Illamasqua Pure Pigment 1.3g (Various Shades)

If you're looking for shimmer, then you won't find better than the Illamasqua Pure Pigments. Finely milled, they give a high shine, metallic finish that makes an incredible addition to any eye makeup look. Android is the one we are head over heels for right now.

NARS Cosmetics Velvet Shadow Stick - Usbek 1.6g (Limited Edition)

The NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks are a staple in our makeup bags; soft and creamy, they are a breeze to apply and blend. Their new limited edition shade is Usbek, a rich shimmering purple that we love to pair with dark blues and blacks for a colourful, sultry eye.

Elizabeth Arden Lasting Impression Mascara (Various Shades) - Lasting Black

No sultry look is complete without a great mascara and the new Elizabeth Arden Lasting Impression is a must-try. With a unique brush, it helps to capture every lash with the formula that is enriched with Avocado oil. It is incredible for giving you defined, fanned out lashes.

benefit They're Real Double The Lip Lipstick 1.5g (Various Shades) - Juicy Berry

The new lip look is all about definition. We love that the new benefit They're Real Double the Lip lipsticks work like both a liner and a lipstick, with two shades in one. Apply with the darker shade facing the outer edge of your lips and it will look instantly like your lips are fuller and plumper.

GLAMGLOW Plumprageous Matte Lip Treatment 3.8ml

GLAMGLOW have already won our hearts with their amazing face masks but now they've caught on that we are all after soft, plump lips with their latest lip launches. This one works as an incredible plumping lip primer, leaving a soft matte finish that helps extend the wear of your lipstick.

NARS Cosmetics Lip Gloss 6ml

Go high shine with this gorgeous limited edition gloss from NARS. The Aragón is a rich, deep red that gives the perfect touch of high glamour to any look. With a long-lasting formula that doesn't feel sticky, it is a new favourite.
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Major fan of scented candles, Make Up brushes and Highlighter. I’m always on the hunt for those Holy Grail products and my dressing table is covered in more beauty products than I like to admit. As an adopted Northerner originally from Brighton, I spend most my days wondering what all this rain is about. My hair isn’t grateful for the move. Currently loving: NIOD Photography Fluid