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A soft yet structural alternative to the smoky eye.
Written By Jess Basser Sanders
Photography By Alex Cayley
Makeup By Rachel Goodwin
Hair By Mara Roszak
Nails By Karen Gutierrez
Styled By Elizabeth Stewart
The Wedge Eye Tutorial featuring January Jones for the #VIOLETFILES

— ACTRESS JANUARY JONES, PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALEX CAYLEY

For one of January Jones’ six “beauty test” cover-story looks, her makeup artist of many years, Rachel Goodwin, wanted to devise an eye with structure and strength that remained soft and beautiful at the same time. To achieve this, she used her favorite olive-khaki shadow to create a strong wedge-shaped eye, complemented by equally strong cheeks and a just-left-the-gym sheen. Below, Goodwin’s step-by-step instructions for recreating the look at home.

THE wedge
eye Tutorial

MAKEUP BY RACHEL GOODWIN

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Olive-toned shadow, according to Goodwin, is a shade she loves to use on the eye for its versatility and compatibility with many skin tones. A brush will help to create a structured V-shape around the eye once the shadow is applied to the lid area, while a fingertip will soften and blur the edges. 

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Using an eyebrow pencil, Goodwin made Jones’ brows thicker and extended the line to frame and balance the dramatic shadow below.

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To emphasize the cheek, Goodwin relied on Chanel’s creamy Bronzing Makeup Base. The formula was swept from January’s ear to underneath the cheekbone, stopping when Goodwin reached the hollow of the cheek. Using an angled cheek brush, she gently buffed upward in light strokes to soften any hard lines away. Finally, a Beautyblender with a small amount of foundation was lightly applied over the top of the cheek using a stippling motion.

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To fully unite the overall warm tones of the look, Goodwin painted Jones’ lips a harmonious shade of nude pink. 

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To mimic the fresh-faced sheen of this look without appearing greasy, Goodwin recommends a water-based moisturizer or gel, mixed with foundation. Apply on top of the cheekbones (or wherever you’d like shine) with fingers, a Beautyblender or foundation brush.

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