Black Tie Makeup
New York, NY

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of attending a number of black tie events.  From formal weddings, to charity events, galas, and dinners, I’ve learned how to do an elevated makeup look that is natural and relatively quick.  I usually avoid getting my hair and makeup done because unfortunately more often times than not, I end up feeling uncomfortable with caked on makeup and crazy hair.  My formal makeup look takes about 20 minutes from start to finish.  The night before an event, I’ll throw on a face mask or use this clay mask to take away impurities.  In the morning, I don’t use a face wash, I simply splash my skin with cold water.  I don’t overly wash my face because natural oils are essential for healthy, glowing skin.  I do however, exfoliate with this 3 times/week after a workout.  To achieve my formal makeup look – I start with this moisturizer (I also love this one.)  I then use this foundation primer under my eyes, on my nose and on my cheekbones and cover it with this foundation that I rub into my skin using a dime size amount on my index finger.  I brush this bronzer in “Bali Brown” over my cheekbones, nose, and jawline.  Then I use this eye shadow in “Rose Gold” as a base, this darker eye shadow in “Tuxedo” on the outer edges of my eye, and blend the two together with the darkest color shadow from this palette.  I line my eyes with this liner in “Marlene Midnight” and smudge shadow into the liner so it looks more smokey and natural.  A strong brow frames your face – and I swear by this brow filler in “Mahogany” which I apply with this brush.  For mascara I love this one.  I apply 3 coats (I wait about 5 minutes to apply the third coat before heading out the door), and finish my look off with this lip color in “C-Thru”.  If I’m feeling super fancy I’ll throw on these fake lashes.  My formal makeup routine is almost the same as my everyday one – except I just go heavier on the bronzer, foundation, and mascara – and use darker eyeshadows.  The secret to creating that gorgeous smokey eye is getting a brush like this and really blending it into the outer crease of your eye.  It takes a bit of practice to feel comfortable using it, but this brush is a game changer for any makeup look!

Moisturizer // Foundation Primer // Foundation // Gloss
Bronzer // Eye Shadow Base // Shadow Palette // Mascara
Eye Liner // Smudge Brush // Blending Brush // Bronzer Brush
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31 Comments

  • barbara says:
    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • Natali says:

    Such a gorgeous woman!!! Beautiful makeup do!

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    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    I really love the au naturelle make up look … So classy and always timeless. Simply gorgeous Mademoiselle Kat :)

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    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • Rach says:

    You look so elegant and beautiful! I definitely want to check out that brush!

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    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • Sophie says:

    I totally agree, caked on makeup makes me feel uncomfortable too! You look stunning :)
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    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • Azanah says:

    I love how simple this routine is because the results are stunning! I will have to try this out sometime.

    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • Ewa Macherowska says:

    Perfect makeup <3

    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • Benedetta says:

    Love this make up..so chic!!!
    Be Happy with Fashion

    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • Keshia says:

    Your makeup is always so flawless!

    Ill def have to try some of these products out :)

    xo,
    K

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    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • Carey says:

    Sounds like a fantastic look!

    xo, Carey
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    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • sasa says:

    Fabulous, babe!

    Shall We Sasa

    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • Sincerely Miss J says:

    I love the blue dress! So beautiful! :)

    Sincerely Miss J
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    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • Emmy says:

    Love your makeup routine and the finished look. Can you share where your dress is from?

    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • Taylor Winkelmeyer says:

    Love this post! Always in need of new makeup tips. You look gorgeous! ♡
    xx Taylor | http://www.mycupofchic.com | @taylorwinkelmeyer

    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • Danni says:

    Your make-up looks amazing…I love how it doesn’t look over done yet you look dressed up.This has convinced me to get this foundation.

    -Danni
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    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • Jessica says:

    Gorgeous look girl, love it ! Such a nice look for any occasion really <3

    XOXO
    Jess
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    January 25, 2017 | Reply
  • Helen says:

    I also prefer doing my makeup myself when it comes to dressing up for formal events. Your hair and makeup look beautiful in these photos, and I just love how simple and quick your black tie makeup routine is.

    -Helen
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    January 26, 2017 | Reply
  • Mlle Perrier says:

    beautiful ! love the black dress

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    January 26, 2017 | Reply
  • Vitri says:

    You are trully a beauty! You look so beautiful, Kat!

    xo, Vitri
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    January 27, 2017 | Reply
  • cheryl says:

    I totally agree with your black tie make-up mentality. You should still look like yourself for special occasions….just amped up a bit. Too much heavy make-up tends to age or harden someone too. A nice bold red lip with killer eyelashes and luminous skin would also work. :)

    January 27, 2017 | Reply
  • cheryl says:

    I totally agree with your black tie make up mentality. Simple is always best. You should look like yourself for special occasions…just amped up. Too much make up and elaborate hair can age someone. A bold red lip and killer eyelashes would also work. : )

    January 27, 2017 | Reply
  • Ayesha says:

    Great post! What are the shade names of the Laura mercier caviar sticks? For some reason I can’t see them on my phone!

    January 27, 2017 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Rose Gold is the light color and Smoke is the darker color I love :)

      January 27, 2017 | Reply
  • Cathy says:

    What is the color you use for your lipstick and eyeshadows and eye liner? The link takes us to the site but not to the exact colors.

    January 28, 2017 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Hi! I used Rose Gold and Tuxedo caviar sticks and then the grey color from the YSL palette!

      January 29, 2017 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Lip color is C-Thru <3

      January 29, 2017 | Reply
  • Marilyn Bruny says:

    I love your outfit! Can you tell us about the dress and your accessories?

    February 21, 2017 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Thanks! Dress is L’Agence and accessories are Kenneth Jay Lane! xx

      February 21, 2017 | Reply
  • Sue says:

    I have almost the same color skin as yours, would you mind sharing the Armani foundation color you use? I have tried 5.75 and 6.5?

    March 9, 2017 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Hi! I use the 6.5 :)

      March 9, 2017 | Reply