How to Get Runway Eyes Like Lily Donaldson

Lily Donaldson at Gucci

Emulating looks you see in magazines is a great way to experiment and find your personal style. I remember I would tear out pages like this one and keep it handy to try out for a special occasion that called for something with a little more drama.

The key to creating a rich eye shadow look like the one shown, is layering. You’ll see I began with a cream eye base, then a powder shadow , followed by Laura Mercier’s Caviar Eye Liner used on the lid, topped by more powder shadow. By using cream, then powder, then cream, it creates a look that is rich and textured with more staying power than just powder alone.

Items used;

M.A.C Paints- Bare Canvas

Jane Iredale Brown Sugar Trio- On the lid

Laura Mercier Cavial Eye Liner- Black, used with my fingers on the lid

CARGO- Black pencil liner to tight line

Stila Liquid Eye Liner- Black, top lid only

Laura Mercier Metallic Cream Eye Color- Gold

Pixi by Petra- No. 9 Smokey Palette, used the violet and black shadow

Jane Iredale Eye Pencil- White to rim the lower lid

Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara- Waterproof, black


  1. Hooked On Beauty says:

    Any pointed smudgey brush will do. I think this one is from Sephora.

  2. What kind of brush was used for the lower lid? Thanks for the tutorial! It was very helpful!

  3. Organic Skin Care says:

    I think this stuff is so cool.

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