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Groupie Beauty: How To Get Nancy Spungen’s Seventies Smoky Eye

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The winner of last week’s beauty face-off was seventies punk. Punk means many things to many people. You could go for Patti Smith‘s androgynous shag and barely made up face or a head full of liberty spikes, but I tend towards the “more is more” end of the spectrum and decided to copy Nancy Spungen‘s smoked out eye and ratty hair.

Start with an eye cream ( Origins GinZing, obviously) and a light moisturizer. For ghostly matte coverage, I applied  L’Oreal Magic Nude foundation with my fingertips (as recommended on the bottle). I bought this foundation for my Golden Globe tutorial and am obsessed with it. The texture is very liquidy on application, but it dries down as promised to a lovely powder finish. Skip undereye concealer. Looking like you party is good for this look.

foundation

Apply a matte cream shadow to the browbone and inner thirds of your eye.

cream shadow

Using a packing brush, apply charcoal grey shadow on your lid from lashline to the crease. Create a rounded shape.

shadow

Blend out the edges with a fluffy brush.

blend

Next, create the smolder. We want to approximate the look of applying heavy eyeliner, playing a rock show, sweating at the after party, sleeping in our makeup and waking up on the bus.

liner

Line your upper and lower lashline generously with a creamy pencil liner. I use Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama pencil liner in Midnight Magic because it’s intensely black and smudges easily. With a Q-Tip (for more control) or your fingertip (you’ll lose less pigment from your eye), smudge the line outward. How far you take the line is up to you. I took the color far below the lashline for a dramatic look I very seldom wear.

smoked out

For added emphasis, I drew on a cateye with liquid liner. This step is optional, but I like that it gives the eye more definition.

finished cateye

Finish with a light coat of mascara. I used CoverGirl Lash Exact.

contour

Joan Jett, Patti Smith, and Nancy Spungen all have defined cheekbones. I do not, so I faked it with bronzer. Use a fluffy blending brush rather than a contour brush for a sharper line, then blend out with a clean kabuki brush. I brushed Tarte Amazon Bronze under my cheekbones, on the sides of my nose, around my hairline, and under my chin.

Dust mauve shadow on your cheeks. This week, I like Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink.

finished

For a pinky nude, matte 70s lip, try Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Primrose. For a glossy blood red pout, slick on L’Oreal La Laque in Lacque-onic (currently in drugstores only). The blood red color would make Nancy Spungen proud, and you get full coverage immediately for rock girls on the go.

red lip

Be warned, if you’re blessed with fuller lips, this product in this color can get a little clownish. I literally purchased it for a French clown costume. It is, however, a great product with phenomenal color payoff.

The hair is easy. Mist a volumizing hairspray, like Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play, through dry hair. Rough up the texture with your hands, then tease. I teased a few sections at the root, but focused on the bottom of my hair to boost volume all over. Push sections upward using a plastic bristle brush rather than a comb to build texture quickly. For more defined waves, spritz in Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. This product adds grip, smells like coconuts, and is easily buildable without weighing hair down. It also looks good the next day, a solid rock star bonus.

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  • elle

    Love. Next time I go out with friends this is definitely the look I’m going for.

  • Kaitlin Reilly

    Love it!

  • Alishmcmalish Dayum

    I love the eye makeup but the bronzer is a little blunt. You have very strong pink undertones in your skin and that bronzer is very orange. You would benefit from a more brown/mauve colored bronzer to avoid that kinda dirty look. Orange bronzers are for people with olive skin tones like myself. (who by the way would look terrible with red lipstick, a color you can pull off fantastically – olive skin types require browns, corals and purples)