Get Rose Byrne’s Black Smokey Eye in Instyle’s UK May 2012 Issue

The Bridesmaids actress has made quite a name for herself over the past year. She was chosen as the feature of the May 2012 issue of InStyle UK magazine. And we LOVE everything about her from her fashion sense to her humor, she really is the perfect package. And to top it off, she’s down to earth, making her one of our favorite people of 2012.

Rose Byrne wore a sequined silk top from Diane von Furstenberg with a cotton/linen-mix skirt from Fendi and a Heahter Huey leather hat for the first page of the elegant Giampaolo Sgura shot spread comprising the piece titled “Byrne Baby Burn”.

Looking better than ever  at age 32, she rocked a super dark black smoky eye. Her makeup was done with black eyeliner and black eye shadow, but with a twist that involved applying a cream shadow with some glitter in the bone of the brow to add a contrast.Creating a dark smoky eye like this can be tricky. If you’re not careful you could end up looking like Lindsey Lohan on a bender. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Here’s How To Replicate Rose Byrne’s Dark Black Smoky Eye:

1. Create a stay-put base: To prevent your shadow from slipping mid-evening, sweep foundation or concealer across your eyelids and dust with powder. You could also try using an eye shadow primer that will the oil in your lids, giving your makeup extra staying power.

2. Line your lashes: Line your upper lashes with pencil eyeliner. Go for black if you want dark, smoldering eyes. Line them as close to the lashes as possible, making the line thicker at the middle of your eye.  For the lower lashes, use a lighter shade of eyeliner along the bottom lashes, smudging it slightly with a smudge brush.

3. Lighten up:  Apply a light base shadow. Anything with shimmer, especially silver will add a lightening effect to the upper eye lid. Apply this on your eyelids and all the way up to your brow bone.

4. Go dark: Sweep a dark shadow (ideally, in the same color as your eyeliner) along your lash line; start at the outer eye and work inwards, blending and smudging until the eyeliner disappears. Then, beginning at the lash line, use a light touch to apply the same shadow from lash line to just above the crease. Blend upwards, so that the color fades from dark to light. Go heavier on the outer corners of your lids.

5. Final touch: Use a cotton swab to clean up any spots where the shadow is too dark or uneven. Finish by curling your eyelashes and applying a volumizing mascara for extra pop.

6. Make sure it lasts: Use Skindinavia Original Finishing Spray to make sure your eye make up doesn’t smudge throughout the night. The Original Makeup Finishing Spray greatly extends makeup wear, maintains color and prevents makeup from slipping, melting and creasing.


Tone down your lipstick. Smokey eyes look best when the rest of your make-up is subtle, so opt for nude or pale pink lips.

To make your eyes look brighter, apply a touch of white eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes.