“Bond, I’m going to need you to be on your toes for this next assignment. This group is very dangerous.”
“Whatever you say, M.”
“I’m serious, Bond. Cat ladies are the real deal. They’ve been known to actually persuade spies to abandon their missions and join the cat crusade. They will not stop until the world goes full-on feline!”
“So…does that mean I have to keep my paws to myself?”
Yeah, so if the curmudgeonly cat lady thing doesn’t pan out for me over the next couple of years, I might just become a full-time, self-employed Bond girl. Seriously! I’d have no problem slinking around the house by myself all day long looking all mysterious and sultry like Sévérine, the Bond girl from Skyfall, the latest installment in the series.
I’d be totally fine with that.
In the movie, which opens this Friday across North America, Sévérine is played by French actress Bérénice Marlohe. I’ve forbidden myself from reading any spoilers, even though I desperately want to (just two more days!), but movie stills are okay, especially when the makeup, hair and nails are to die for, like they are in these pics of Sévérine.
Ooh, I that gray eye look… It’s kinda smokey, and I dig the cat eye shape.
See how the shadow slightly wings out at the ends? I feel like it elongates the eye. Oh, and peep the inner corners, and how her eyeshadow tracks her tear duct, ending in a slightly pointed tip. Makes it look even more feline, meow!
I was really inspired today by Sévérine’s look, so I thought I’d give it a try this afternoon and wear it with OPI’s dark plummy red Skyfall nail polish.
The eyes: step by step
Mostly, for my eyes, I used a mix of products from new MAC, NARS and Hourglass fall/holiday makeup collections — products like the MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in Evening Gray and Tall, Dark & Handsome; the NARS Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette from the Andy Warhol collection; and the Hourglass Film Noir Kohl Eye Pencil in Eclipse.
But you could do something very similar to this with related colors.
1. First things first, pat a light gray eyeshadow on your lids, slightly winging it out at the ends to create the overall shape of a cat eye.
2. Next, layer a darker gray eyeshadow directly on top of your lighter gray, concentrating most of the color on the outer wing.
3. Then, line your upper and lower lash and water lines with a black liner, and soften the appearance of the liner along your lash lines by smudging it. Now, with an angled brush, pat your darker gray eyeshadow directly on top of your smudged liner, and create a soft point in the inner corners of your eyes. Finish by filling in your brows and applying a few coats of mascara.
Cheeks, lips and nails
Peachy pink cheeks and lips serve to offset the smokey factor from the eyes and balance the overall look.
Here I’m wearing the new MAC Easy Manner Blush on the apples of my cheeks.
And then two coats of OPI Skyfall nail polish tie everything together.
Um…where can I get one of these dancing horses!?
If anyone knows, HOLLA, because I want to go to there.
The video is from OPI’s website. Basically, a dancing horse battles one-on-one against other dancers.
The horse does a great job, too. It’s very compelling, LOL!
Okay, that’s enough crazy talk for one evening…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,