You should really wear this smoky eye tonight

For her Rose Inc. profile, Jessica Gomes was feeling a laid-back, rock ‘n’ roll vibe. And makeup artist Sara Denman came up with just the idea: a smoked-out, shimmering eye and barely-there lip to match.

“I love the smoky eye and nude lips—this look really brings out my features,” JG says. “I’m not huge on a lot of makeup, but this is my go-to look for feeling sexy and done.”

Yours too? Here, Denman breaks down how she created the look. So grab your brushes and paints, crank up your Spotify playlist, and let Jessica Gomes inspire your next night-out face.

"This is my go-to look for feeling sexy and done."


“With a smoky eye, it’s a good idea to do the eye first so the shadow doesn’t drop on the foundation,” Denman says. So let’s start there. Denman applied Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Warm Brunette (one of JG’s favorites) for full, groomed brows. Next, she used ISH Eyeline in Black Out to outline the eyes, staying near the lashes.

After that, she used a soft blending brush to apply a light, grayish beige shadow—try Urban Decay eyeshadow in Verve—up and slightly out from the upper lash line, blending in small circular motions. Next, she blended the same shade along the lower lashes. “I stayed close to the lashes on top and made it heavier on the bottom,” Denman says.

She created a smudgy, sexy look by brushing a pearly taupe (we like Make Up For Ever Artist Color Eyeshadow in M-554) along the lower lash line. A coat of MAC InstaCurl Lash mascara was the finishing touch.


To create a smooth, softly glowing canvas, Denman applied Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance all over. Next, she used Giorgio Armani Beauty Maestro Blending Brush to apply La Mer The Soft Fluid Foundation in Sand. Next, she pressed Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour in Sunrise, a warm coral color, onto the apples of cheeks. Light shading with a matte bronzer (in this case, Benefit Hoola applied with a medium-sized brush) helped further define cheekbones.

For even more radiance, Denman swiped Madina Chic & Shine highlighter on the high points of the face. A makeup-artist fave from Italy, it’s nearly impossible to find elsewhere, so try Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator in Spotlight for a similar look.


“If you have naturally a reddish tone on your lips, you might want to dab a little foundation to make them more beige,” Denman says. Then try Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in Futurist for a full, natural-looking lip or MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Quartzette for a more metallic gleam. Done.

Photographed by Emanuele D’Angelo.

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