Two Taylor Swift-inspired makeup looks (that you’re not expecting)

Posted on February 17, 2015 under FOTD

If I never see another winged eyeliner and red lipstick Taylor Swift makeup tutorial again, it will be too damn soon. It’s not that I don’t like the look, on her and in general; it’s a classic for a reason. But the beauty blogging and vlogging world does not need seventeen thousand identical tutorials! (See also: any and all Kardashian Kontouring tutorials.)

This is especially true when you consider that in her eight-year career, Taylor has worn a variety of interesting, pretty makeup looks that most people ignore. She’s one of those celebrities who, in my book, always looks good, and that includes her makeup. She has been settling on more of a makeup uniform in the past year or so, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a little inspiration from some of her most excellent past looks!

For both of these looks, I started by perfecting my base: I filled in my eyebrows with my trusty Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Tough As Taupe, and on my face I used Revlon ColorStay foundation in 110 Ivory, MAC Studio Finish concealer in NC15, and L’Oréal La Touche Magique Highlighting Concealer in Rose Beige.

Look One: Bronze smokey eyes and light pink lips


Taylor wore this look to the People’s Choice Awards in 2013.


I started by using Stila’s eyeshadow in Sunset, a shimmery copper found in the In the Light palette, all over my eyelid. I brought the shadow up fairly high, since Taylor’s goes nearly to her brows in this picture.


Next, I used Stila Sandstone, a matte brown found in the same palette, on the outer third of the lid and a bit in the crease. This picture is pre-blended, of course; never fear!


And here it is blended properly. I ended up adding more of both Sunset and Sandstone after blending the first time, to darken the colours and to really layer them up to get the same effect as Taylor. I also added a bit of Sunset under the first half or so of my lower lashline.


To finish of the eyes, I lined my upper lashline and waterline with black gel liner and applied several coats of MUFE Smoky Extravagant mascara on the top and bottom lashes. I’m pretty sure Taylor was wearing false lashes as well (or else her lashes are just crazy long!), but I didn’t want to go through the hassle of applying them.


To complete the look, I added some peachy blush (theBalm FratBoy), a light pink lipstick (Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in #17), and a matte white highlight under my eyes, on the tip of my nose, and in the cupid’s bow. Taylor’s lips had a brown undertone, but this pinker lipstick suits my complexion better, which is why I chose it. I figure it’s all about the nude look, not about using the exact same colour. And there we have it: smokey bronze eyes and light pink lips, à la Taylor Swift at the 2013 PCAs.

This look ended up being a bit more on the copper side (rather than bronze), but I still really like it. Next time I’d use the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze as a base to stay more faithful to the makeup Taylor wore.

Look two: Blue on the eyes, coral on the lips


Taylor’s 2014 Country Music Awards look is THE BEST THING SHE HAS EVER DONE TO HER FACE. I love it so much! I took some liberties with it here, making it a bit more dramatic and confining the blue to the lower lashline, but I recreated it more accurately this summer, and even curled my hair to match:


Anyway, let’s get on to how I interpreted it this time around.


I used my trusty Stila palette yet again, using Bare, a matte off-white, as a base. I then mixed two matte Sleek shadows, Thunder and Noir, respectively a medium grey and a black, and used that to define an angled corner on the outside of each eye.


Here it is blended. It’s meant to be quite subtle, since the rest of the look is fairly dramatic.


Eyeliner! This is probably where I took the most liberties; though I suspect Taylor’s soft, short flick was made with eyeshadow, I made mine a lot thicker and longer and used gel liner. My hooded eyelids tend to swallow winged liner, so I had to make it bigger so it would show up properly. I used the Real Techniques Eyeliner Brush for this, and used their Silicone Liner Brush in my waterline.


As I mentioned, I only used blue on my lower lashline, although Taylor had some on both the upper and lower. I thought my eyelid was already heavy enough! This blue is Infinitely Indigo by Lancôme, which I applied using the ELF Small Smudge Brush. I also brought some up under the wing.


I kept the same cheek colour for this look. Taylor also seemed to have more of a glow here, so I used my beloved Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polished on the tops of my cheekbones. On the lips, I used Revlon’s Balm Stain in Romantic, a sheer warm red, with Lancôme’s Fever Gloss in 100 Degrees on top. I love this combination on the lips, and I think it complements the blue beautifully. As you can see, I didn’t have it in me to curl my hair this time – sorry!

This is definitely more dramatic than the source look, but I think it’s nice like both this and with my more delicate initial interpretation.

And if you need any more convincing that there is more to Swiftian makeup than matte true-red lips and winged liner, well…


There are 7 responses to “Two Taylor Swift-inspired makeup looks (that you’re not expecting)”

  • I’ve also been annoyed by so many winged liner and red lip tutorials because… well, that’s basically the most classic look around! And I love what Taylor does with her eyes because they’re such a unique shape and as a small-eyed lady I can relate.

    I’ve been really into bronzes lately. My Woodwinked eye shadow is my go to, and On and On Bronze, of course. :D

    • Yeah, her eye makeup is often very interesting and pretty. And I agree, there are so many “red lips and winged liner” tutorials that don’t have anything to do with Taylor that I think it’s pointless to add more to the mix!

    • Thank you!!! I’m so drawn to that look because the coral-y red and blue is so unexpected but somehow really works. The colours play off each other perfectly instead of competing for attention.

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