“Living Like Jim Morrison” A Lana Del Rey Makeup Tutorial

  Today I have for you a tutorial I’m really excited about. A Lana Del Rey inspired makeup look. I’m a HUGE fan of her and her style, the way she can mix young hipster, sleazy lounge singer and classic elegance all in one. I want to make a small series of looks inspired by Lana.

First up I wanted classic Lana, dramatic liner, and full nude lips. Now, on to the tutorial!


My inspiration for this look was this gorgeous picture of Lana. I loved the softness of her face in contrast to the sharp clean lines.

 I first started by applying a moisturizer, today I opted for the Algenist Sublime Defense Anti-Aging Blurring Moisturizer with SPF 30. I smoothed this all over my face and let it soak in while I styled my hair. Ideally, you want to give the moisturizer time to absorb into your skin before applying your makeup to avoid dryness.

This moisturizer is very nice, has a silicone like a feel similar to a silicone primer. Your skin feels very smooth and soft with it.

 For primer, I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I quite like it but there are more affordable options that perform just as well; like the one by E.L.F.

I smoothed this on my face with clean fingers, focusing mainly around my T – Zone where I have larger pores and tend to get oily.

 I used a very budget friendly eye primer from E.L.F. which works just as well as any to me.

I spread this from the lid and into my brows to help my brow product last also. I even brought it down on my lower lid too

I decided to experiment with my brows and try out a new product with my holy grail Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Ash Blonde. The new guy to the brow party was the NYX Automatic Brow Pencil, I ran out of my trusty NYX Microbrow so picked this up at CVS just to try, and pretty much sucked. Way too soft and smudgy in texture and the color is basically auburn, though on the package it looks blonde. You can see below how red it appears. I did use my other favorite, the Maybelline Brow Drama in blonde. It’s a great brow set and helps them look much fuller than they are.

 I have very light brows and a bald patch from where my eyebrow was pierced and ripped leaving a scar where no hair grows, so filling the brows is a must.

I started by mapping them out with the pencil and slowing building them up with The Dip Brow Pomade. Then finishing them off with the Maybelline brow gel.

For the shadow, I used The Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette. I wanted to use very neutral cool shades so I used the center quad and one from the left quad. Also, I wanted to use all matte shades.

Labeled here are the shades I used and below is the placement.

As an all over base shade I used Laetus, a neutral cream shade close to my skin tone, applied from lid to brow bone to create an even colored canvas. To apply I used a large dense fluffy brush by Sonia Kashuk

For my blending or transition shade, I used Lazarus, the cool taupe color in the center quad with a fluffy blending brush. I used this to create a nice gradient for my crease color.

I brought Lazarus upward and pulled out toward the tail of my brow to create an elongated effect. Then used windshield wiper motions to blend out a diffuse.

With The Base Shadow Brush from Real Techniques I built up the pigmentation and create depth, concentrating Lazarus in the crease and again pulling outward toward the tail.

Now on the same Base Shadow Brush I added in Saleos slowly, using small amounts of product and blending, switching between The Base Shadow Brush and the fluffy brush. I keep slowly adding color until I was happy with the pigmentation and elongated shape I was creating.

On the same Base Shadow Brush I added my brow bone highlight, Leberatus. Also placing it on the mobile lid and inner corner.

Then taking a flat shader brush, I intensified the crease, creating a soft cut crease using Saleos again and blending gently with a fluffy brush. I made sure I pulled the color outward toward the tail of my brow every time.

For the dramatic wing, I started with Nyx Gel liner and a small liner brush from Real Techniques

I carefully mapped out my wing and built it up.

Then set it with Shax, the matte black from The Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette with an angled liner brush.

For foundation, I used the Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation in Monte Blanc, The Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, and the Light Reflecting Setting Powder in Crystal.

Before I started my foundation I cleaned up any fall out from the eye shadow Then dotted the foundation all over my face, then blended with a damp Real Techniques Complexion Sponge.

Then applied The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer anywhere I wanted to brighten and highlight and blended that with the same damp sponge. Also took a moment to clean up my liner and sharpen the edges.

After that, I set my face with The Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder using a puff and pressing and rolling it into my skin. Then dusted away any excess with a kabuki brush.

On that same flat shader brush, I blended Lazarus on to my lower lash line.

The used Urban Decay’s 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet

Carefully lining the lower lash line without touching the waterline, then blending out with the shader brush.

I cleaned up any black in my water line with a q-tip and then lined it with this skin toned Wonder Pencil from NYX in light.

For the lashes, I gave them a good curl first. Then I used a coat of The Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express in black and followed it with a coat of Hypnose Drama from Dior. The print rubbed right off my tube but it’s not that old, I promise.

For the contour, highlight and blush I used my three favorites at the moment, Wet N Wild Contour Palette, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Memorable and E.L.F’s Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls.

I contoured the usual places, hollow of the cheek, and jawline, but for this look, I decided to take it a bit further. In an attempt to make my nose look more like Lana’s chiseled nose, I took a thin brush from E.L.F. and ran it around the tip of my nose and the underside between the nostrils in the concave area, and carried it down to the hollow in my cupids bow with a fluffier brush. I also contoured under my lip to give a fuller appearance.

Then highlighted all the high points on my face including the tip of my nose and cupids bow.

With my blush, I started toward the backs of my cheeks and pulled it forward toward the apple for a sculpted look.

For Liner, I used the NYX Lip Liner in Peek-a-boo neutral

Over top of that, I layered the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi

Then over the top of all that I added this Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rukugien.

The lips came out a bit more pigmented than I had planned but a pale nude isn’t flattering on me.

    Finally, I finished off with the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.

In all, I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out. In fact, I think I found my new favorite way to contour my nose!

Thank you for taking the time to read through this, and remember feedback is always welcome. I’m still learning and experimenting with different ways to present looks. I’m liking the format of this post if you agree or don’t let me know. Have a great day and thank you again for stopping by.

Bee you!

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