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Sonam’s Makeup Artist Reveals The Secret to Her Cleopatra-esque Eyes

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We’ve been following ace makeup artist Namrata Soni’s work for a long time now, and one thing we can say with certainty is that the already excellent artist has evolved to another level of amazing. While we spend a considerable amount of time drooling over her flawless makeup application (and wonder what products and techniques went into achieving those looks), we absolutely love it when she spills the beans herself. I mean isn’t it infinitely better when she dishes out the secrets of her art rather than playing the guessing game?

Recently, Sonam Kapoor walked the ramp for her close friend Pernia Qureshi looking beautiful in heavily-kohled eyes.


Modern Egyptian eyes ❤️❤️❤️ #makeup #makeupbynamratasoni #celebrity #sonamkapoor #bloggers #love #lifeofamakeupartist I created for sonam was really cool it was for @perniaq show and it was so dramatic . Wanted to keep the makeup modern so we decided to go for dark eyes which were super defined EYE MAKEUP TUTORIAL 1) use a gold eye shadow all over the eyes and blend really well so that there are no lines 2) add a little bit of contouring on the eyelids with a soft brown shadow used in the V of the eyes towards the outer corner. ( is the natural dip in your eyes that’s where u contour. 3) use a black Kajal pencil and draw a thick winged liner stretched out as far as u like it and repeat the same thing below the water line underneath and with a soft pencil brush blend the Kajal with a black eye shadow to give it depth and darkeness 4) don’t forget to put at least 2 layers of kohl inside your water line up and down to intensify this look. 5) For EXTRA ❤️❤️❤️ drama use false lashes and curl them and apply mascara. 6) Add a touch of gold to the inner most corner of your eyes it instantly opens it up.

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Soni calls this look a modern rendition of the Egyptian-style of eye makeup. Egyptian eye makeup is traditionally centred around intense, kohl-filled eyes. However, Soni wanted to keep the makeup modern so she decided to go for dark eyes that were super defined. Here’s how she achieved the look:


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1. Use a gold eye shadow all over the eyes and blend really well so that there are no harsh lines.


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Maybelline New York The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette (Rs 809)

2. To really bring out the eyes, contour the eyelids. Pick an eyeshadow in a soft brown colour and use it in the outer corners bringing it up halfway into the crease to form a “V”. This is where your eyes dip naturally, so follow the natural contours of your eyes.


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Inglot Kohl Pencil (Rs 850)

3. Use a black kohl pencil to draw a thick winged liner. Draw the wing as far out as you like. The longer the wings, the more dramatic your look. Line your lower lashline and join it to the wing in a seamless, fluid line.


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4. Pick black eyeshadow with a soft pencil brush and blend it into the eyeliner. This adds depth and darkness to the liner.

5. Line both your upper and lower lashline with kohl. Go over a second time with your kohl pencil to intensify the look.


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6. Curl your lashes and apply mascara. For extra drama, add a pair of false lashes.


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L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eye Liner – Gold (Rs 518)

7. Your eyes can look small and closed in with an all-around ring of kohl. Add a touch of gold to the inner most corner of your eyes. It instantly opens them up.


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