23 Aug 2012

Tutorial: Brandy inspired

This tutorial is inspired by Brand's latest music video, "Put It Down". One of the looks she wore in the video was this fantastically stunning smokey makeup that just looked so sultry and alluring. After watching the video a few dozen times on full-screen, I could make out that a silver-charcoal shadow was used on her lid, and some smokey browns to blend it out. Since Brandy has a darker complexion, the brown shadows obviously looks a lot more subtle than on my own fair skin, but I wanted to recreate the look as closely as possible.

Her lips were kept a glossy nude shade, her face was contoured and brightened up with a rosy blush, and lashes were used on top and bottom.


Here's my spin on this look.

Want to see how I did it? Then watch my video tutorial below!

L'Oreal Visible Lift cream foundation, Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Peony, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Shimpagne

Sleek Molten Metal 715, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour in Ironic, Barry M Dazzle Dust N. 97, MAC eyeshadows in Soft Brown, Handwritten, Copperplate, Solar White, Shroom, MAC Feline kohl pencil, Inglot AMC Shine shadow, Sigma highlight pencil (from their Brow Kit), Kryolan mascara, Amazing Shine lashes Nr. 47, (lower lashes I don't know which brand it is), Duo lash adhesive

KIKO Sheer Lipstick Nr. 400, Revlon Lipgloss in Peach Petal

KIKO Nr. 288

Do you like this look and where would you wear it? Let me know in the comments!


  1. It's amazing! I'm following your tutorials for a while and I really love your tutorials.

    This is my favourite makeup from you, it's sooo beautiful.

    Hugs from Hungary,


  2. Anonymous10:27 pm

    Seriously... what you have on you is way gorgeous x Sue

  3. I love this look! It's really beautiful. One of my favourite smokey eyes. Your tutorials are amazing.
    Hugs from Portugal :)

  4. I like your version more than the original. You look very glamorous!

  5. Wow.. the first photo is amazing! You look so beautiful!

  6. Beautiful, but that is no surprise! Thanks for always inspiring me! =) Luv you channel!



  7. Anonymous1:07 am

    I really loved the color pallet. can you tell me the exact model, I'm wondering if I can find it at mac

  8. Anonymous1:48 am

    I absolutely love this look! I actually think i'm going to attempt recreating it for my first day of school>

    Quick question? Where did you use the copperplate Shadow, because you don't mention it in the tutorial.


  9. Sultry and different...really enjoyed this tutorial.

  10. Wooooowwwww!! Hammerschön!! Sieht an dir echt sooo klasse aus!
    Ganz liebe Grüße

  11. Gorgeous!! I would wear this anywhere. I have little regard for how loud my makeup is at a certain place haha

  12. Anonymous5:25 am

    Hello, Julia! I've been enjoying your tutorials for several months (I especially enjoy the ones you did w/ your Mom, she's delightful!). Thanks so much for doing them! I'm in my early 50's and stopped wearing makeup for several years, but you've inspired me to attempt a more polished look! I'm wondering if you could do a "nude eye" tutorial. I'm very fair, blonde/grey hair. Would love to see what colors would go well w/ that. Thanks so much, look forward to more videos!

  13. Anonymous6:46 pm

    Dear Miss Chievious,

    I just wanted to thank you so much for your brilliant, easy to follow makeup tutorials. I am a freelance makeup artist (mainly for brides). I have to give you all the credit for saving the day! My bride wanted a dark smoky eye. This is hard to make look good for a bride without being overdone. Well, the wedding was today and I stumbled upon your Brandy tutorial LAST NIGHT! Thank goodness I did, i followed you step by step and my bride was thrilled with the results!

    Thanks for sharing your talent with us!
    Jessica (USA)

  14. dear, what are the codes of the brushes that you used?

  15. Lovely...am still messing up eyeshadow..just cant seem to get it right. Love watching how you make amazing looks so achievable

  16. Emilia Serrano4:39 am

    love this look!!

  17. One word: FABOLOUS!
    You Look amazing! I love this look, can not wait to try it

  18. Anonymous7:34 pm

    I really respect Your work! You are so talented :D



  19. Anonymous6:53 pm

    I have watched most of your tutorials over the years and this is your most beautiful look! Gorgeous xxx

  20. Anonymous9:52 am

    I love the look and I would wear it out to special evening events or even day time to special occasions such as weddings, fancy parties!

    Absolutely beautiful and of course, you have the eyes for it too! :-)

  21. Hi! I really loved it!

    Kisses from Brazil!!!!

  22. I love this because you go out of the line ! This is what make me follow you since 2 years almost, lol, i love your work and wanted to nominate you to The Versatile Blogger Award !(http://www.nunaavane.com/2012/12/the-versatile-blogger-award/)

    Your blog helped me sooo many times, from finding my makeup storage to discovering new places to buy makeup... you are the bomb ! Hope you have a blessed end of year with your relatives Julia
    xxx frm France