Maquillage Professionnel: Maquillage du Soir (Night Makeup)

30 Sep

This is a first of the series of three different eye makeup techniques we learned during my makeup class.

There’s day makeup, night makeup, and smoky eye makeup. I decided to start of with my favorite, night makeup.

I’m going to focus on the face first:

Night time makeup for the face is all about… coverage, coverage, coverage.

  • Even though you might not necessarily need the coverage, you might want to reconsider given how unforgiving night time photography can be especially under different lights.
  • Stick to matte foundation coverage (it’s easy to add shimmer using bronzers and highlighters!) especially if you have oily skin.

Focus on one area

  • Want to show off those pouty lips? Keep everything else simple and bring out that va-va-voom red lipstick, instead!
  • Draw attention to those beautiful green, blue, or brown eyes by ensuring that those lips, cheeks look natural.

Let’s move to the eyes!!

Before we start, prime those eyelids to make your eye makeup look more vibrant last longer! Cult favorites include Too Faced Shadow Insurance (my personal favorite- I find this works better for dry lids), and Urban Decay Primer Potion (which I find works better for oil lids). On a budget? Try the Etude House Proof 10 primer.

Let’s play a game! (Sorry, no prizes!) Does this look familiar to you?

closed banana

  1. Light color on the lid
  2. Medium color on the crease
  3. Dark color on the outer corner
  4. Highlight the brow bone

It seems like the very basic eye makeup placement you can see on Youtube, et al. Well, it is. Except now, we can call this the “closed banana” eye makeup technique.

But I know for certain that plenty of girls have trouble with this technique because they do not have a defined crease, and have very little lid space to work with. How do I know for sure? Because I am one of them! You only need two key things to making this technique work:

  • A well tapered blending brush- you can do an entire eye look with this one brush
  • Proper eye shadow placement- right below the crease and right inside your outer corner



A well-tapered blending brush (such as MUFE’s, MAC’s 224, or ELF’s blending brush) will be your best friend for eye shadow placement. Though they are designed for, well, blending (duh), the shapes of these brushes are better suited to place eye shadow on small creases and lids. Its smaller surface area makes color placement on your “crease” easier too.


Side note! Speaking of creases: IMG_6021

  • Your “crease” will be where your eyeball ends. Slightly weird, creepy and disgusting, but hey, it works.




Eye shadow placement:

closed banana

The eye shadow placement and application are pretty basic. You can use an eye shading brush or just grab your new best friend, the blending brush.

The key here really is to make sure that eye shadow does not go on or beyond the crease and the outer corner.

Don’t forget to line the bottom of your lash line with the medium shade eye shadow using a pencil brush.

Line those eyes (lash line and water line), curl those lashes, and coat your lashes with mascara, and you are done!

 Follow up with cheeks and lips, and ta-da! Party all night long!

Oh! Almost forgot!

Use a setting spray such as Urban Decay’s All Nighter, MUFE’s Mist & Fix to make sure no makeup embarrassments happen as the night goes along!


2 Responses to “Maquillage Professionnel: Maquillage du Soir (Night Makeup)”

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    […] over a rule from Maquillage du Soir, do not extend the eye shadow above your crease as well. Remember to blend the dark shade with the […]

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