Recently I had the pleasure of attending a virtual beauty Master Class with celebrity makeup artist and “lazy girl makeup” guru Jillian Dempsey. Famous for painting easy, sexy, slept-in looks on the likes of Kristen Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, and Emilia Clarke, Dempsey is synonymous with ageless makeup that defies rules by looking perfectly imperfect.
“Jillian approaches each face with a mandate to create a fresh look that lets every client shine. Building on her artistic skills as a painter “making up” the faces of celebrities, Jillian enjoys developing new products and pioneering innovative beauty trends. She hand selects organic and naturally-derived ingredients when formulating her eponymous line. The result: healthy makeup solutions without any questionable ingredients. Feel good about your beauty!”
Dempsey was nothing short of charming. A bit edgy, honest, and witty, she took the entire class by storm with her effortless attitude towards beauty, using her fingers and a single brush to create a glowing bronze face on daughter, Talula. But more than the bronze eye, I was intrigued with Dempsey’s quick 2-product smokey version. Yes, you heard right. She turned light, daytime makeup into a by-night look requiring little effort or expertise using just two of her signature products: the Lid Tint and Kohl Eyeliner.
Jillian Dempsey 4-Step Easy Smokey Eye Look
Create a striking smokey eye look for a date night in or out. Revel in the imperfection that makes this rugged eye all the more mysterious. Using two makeup products and two steps from the Jillian Dempsey master class, you’ll be able to create an easy, sexy evening look in practically seconds.
Start with a hydrated canvas. Choose your favorite daily moisturizer to prep the skin for makeup.
My favorite: Chantecaille Rose de Mai Cream ($212)
Awaken the skin by using a massage tool to contour, de-puff, and minimize the appearance of fine lines. A massage tool will also help the skin better absorb your moisturizer.
Check it out: Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar ($195)
Description: 24K gold vibrating bar that instantly makes skin feel and appear toned, lifted, contoured and revived.
A luxe, breakthrough bar that helps the skin look lifted and toned with each vibration. The 24-carat, gold plated, vibrating t-bar is an innovative skin sculpting and contouring tool from professional makeup artist, Jillian Dempsey. Ideal for men and women, the Gold Bar’s vibrations mimic the effects of a massage, instantly relaxing facial muscles to release tension
- 24-carat gold plated, vibrating t-bar
- Instantly lifts and contours
- Helps revive tired, puffy looking skin
Cheaper Alternative: Mount Lai The Jade Gua Sha Facial Lifting School ($28)
Grab Dempsey’s Kohl Eyeliner in Jet Black and line the top and bottom lash line. Bonus JD tip, also draw an upside down “V” in the crease to create depth.
Check it out: Jillian Dempsey Kohl Eyeliner in Jet Black ($20)
Description: Intense color and built-in smudger put the power of sultry eyes at your fingertips.
Organic jojoba oil, organic shea butter and marula oil combine for a super smooth application.
- Excellent color intensity
- Plant-derived oil and wax based ingredients
- Not tested on animals
- Natural antioxidants
The last step is to sweep Dempsey’s famous Lid Tint in Smoke across the eye. You can use your fingers as shown below or opt for the JD brush for a mess-free application.
USER NOTE: Don’t mind any creasing. This look is intended to be smudged for an alluring, rock n’ roll finish. And since we aren’t going in with any face color, the eyes will be the focus and you’ll better achieve the efortless #lazygirlmakeup vibe.
Check it out: Jillian Dempsey Lip Tint in Smoke ($28)
Description: An instant pop and glow on the eyes with just the swipe of your finger.
Loaded with organic ingredients, these vegan Lid Tints™ are a fresh and easy approach to makeup. Can be worn alone for a natural look or mixed with eyeshadow for glossy dimension.
Mistake proof and easy to blend. Tint it in an instant!
Includes skin loving ingredients and natural antioxidants:
- Sunflower seed oil
- Coconut oil
- Shea butter
Formulated without: parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petrochemicals, GMOs, synthetic fragrances or dyes. Special features: Cruelty-free. Vegan.
Final Cheeky Bits:
If the idea of throwing on a liner and some shadow to-go isn’t quite polished enough for you, feel free to add some base makeup, a light cheek flush, or highlight. Skip the bold lip so as to not overdo it and try to keep the look simple. This smokey eye has the Jillian Dempsey essence written all over it: embrace smudgy, majorly easy makeup that lets your natural beauty shine. You might even find yourself ditching the mascara and all the other finishings more often, opting for Kristen Stewart-style chic edge.