How To Get Cara Delevingne's Orange Smoky Eye

by Jessica Willingham

The wild hair color trend is still going strong with celebrities - they love looking like pastel, magical mermaids. Yet, one celebrity is taking the trend to her beauty routine: Cara Delevingne's orange smoky eye is out of this world.

Paper Towns hits theaters soon, and model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne is promoting the John Green book-turned-movie with some serious fashion and beauty inspiration. At the Australian premiere, Delevingne wore a deep green, backless short dress with a striking orange smoky eye. The look was, to say the least, jaw dropping. The It girl looked like some mega-sexy, mysterious and amphibious creature that just crawled out of the ocean.

We know Delevingne for her bold brows, but even those beauties took a backseat to her eyeshadow look on the red carpet. Rust, orange, and yellow tones blended together around the entire eye, making a dramatically buffed out liner and smoky affect. The rest of her makeup was minimal and extremely understated, while her hair was slicked back to bring the most attention to her eyes.

I gotta admit, I love this look. The smoky eye technique can be really intimidating - without the right amount of shadows or time blending, you'll like you have a black (or, in this case, infected) eye.

The trick is to use many, yes, many, shadows and colors. Sounds counterintuitive, but the more you blend together the more seamless the look will be. Always start with a base, warm-toned color that is a few shades darker than your skin. From there, build and blend colors together, never extending darker shadows past the eyelid. It's a science, guys.

Below is a toned-down version of this orange smoky eye, thanks to our girl crush forever Jaclyn Hill.

And if you really want to turn up with the citrus-inspired colors, you can check out the tutorial by NikkiTutorials.

Go big or go home, as Cara would say.

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