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Up in Smoke: Keri Hilson Bronze Smoky Eyes at 2011 Soul Train Awards

Up in Smoke: Keri Hilson Bronze Smoky Eyes at 2011 Soul Train Awards

No one wears a smoldering smoky eye with a bronze twist than Keri Hilson.  Tres chic with on-trend hair cascading from an updo to an elongated braid, Hilson was extra hot on the red carpet at the Soul Train Awards 2011 at The Fox Theatre on November 17, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Blacked out smoky eyes are the norm, so stepping out of the beauty box and working a trendy twist on the smoky eye is a look that we can all embrace and take from the cubicle to the club.

While we may not all have Keri's nearly perfect canvas to start with, it is certainly easy enough to copy her look with little effort.  By simply creating a flawless complexion, grooming brows, sculpting cheeks and defining eyes, you can create as dramatic a bronzy eye as Keri wears with red carpet skill.

Get Keri Hilson's Bronze Smoky Eye

1.  Flawless Face

Even skin, paying attention to keep under eye darkness at bay.  A foundation that works under harsh lights and a concealer that disguises under eye darkness are must-haves.

Try: Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation $62

What it is:

A high-definition mineral makeup cream foundation that applies like a liquid.

What it does:
Provides the superior buildable coverage of a cream with the natural-looking, sheer finish of a liquid foundation.  Two types of light-reflecting powder particles work together to diffuse fine lines, pores and uneven skin surfaces.

Try:  Illamasqua Concealer $20

What it is:
A cream concealer.

What it does:
Cover blemishes and problem areas for beautiful skin that feels smooth and looks flawless. Tested under the harsh lights of film sets, Illamasqua Concealer is guaranteed to keep your secrets so you can take center stage carefree.

2. Sculpt Cheeks

Use a blush and bronzer combination that creates a beautiful cheek with color,  highlight and shadow.

Try: NARS Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo in Orgasm/Laguna $40

What it is:

A blush-bronzer duo compact.

What it does:
These complementary pairings, ranging in shades from shimmering iridescent pink to deep golden brown, deliver summer's quintessential glow both with ease and convenience—anytime of year.

3.Groom Brows

Perfect eyebrows are the icing on the cake to dramatic eyes.  Insure that your brows are filled in and well-groomed.

Anastasia Beauty Express For Brows and Eyes $39.50

What it is:
A portable brow maintenance kit that includes a sampling of some of Anastasia's core brow products.

What it does:

This kit includes everything you need for perfectly groomed brows on the go. The portable palette contains Brow Powder Duo, Brow Wax, stencils, and an Angled Brow Brush with a mirror and instructions all in one convenient place.

4.  Create Bronzy Smoky Eyes

Two shades of bronze shadow and lots of black liner and mascara create the ultimate bronzy smoky eye.

Apply eyeshadow over entire eye, from lash to brow bone.  

Rim entire eye, upper and lower lashes with bronze liner.  

Liner upper lashes close to lash line and in the lower lash line water line with black waterproof eyeliner.

Apply two coats of mascara.

Try: Sue Devitt Silky Sheen Eyeshadow in Secret Dreaming $18

What it is:

A perfect balance between matte and shimmer eye shadow, this makeup brightens your eyes and creates the ideal finish. 

What it does:

Silky Sheen Eye Shadow was created and designed to bring light to makeup application, creating a delicate luminous result. 

Try Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil in Tanzania  and Pointe Noire $22

What it is:

Long Lasting, Water-Resistant Eyeliner Pencil

What it does:

Anti-aging ingredients lock in moisture and expand and contract with facial movements without creasing to create a long-lasting, luminous eye.

Try: Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara $19

What it is:
A volumizing and lengthening mascara.

What it does:
Inspired by Smashbox's on-set technique of layering fiber mascara over volumizing mascara for the biggest, longest lashes on camera, Full Exposure Mascara creates a 104% increase in lash volume for scene-stealing lashes at every angle without smudging, clumping, or flaking.

5. Nude Gloss Finishes the Look

Try: Too Faced Glamour Gloss in First Time $19

What it is:
A super-shine lip gloss collection with a natural plumping and cooling action.

What it does:


The innovative formula provides the plumping results of Lip Injection with a sensual cooling sensation


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