This Month’s Makeup Exam – Farah Dhukai

Welcome to This Month’s Makeup Exam. This is a new segment on my blog in which at the end of each month, I test/recreate a makeup look that a YouTuber has done using products that I have in my collection.

The goal of This Month’s Makeup Exam is to:

  • learn new techniques
  • experiment with different looks
  • discover new tips, tricks, products, & dupes
  • find bloggers who do excellent tutorials

I’ve chosen Farah Dhukai for my first Makeup Exam because I really value her tutorials, and I admire the fact that her main YouTube channel, farahdhukai has stayed true to beauty, and she hasn’t expanded to a million other things like most YouTubers eventually do. All of her videos are incredibly informative and she walks you through products and techniques step-by-step. She recently did a Blue Smokey Eye, and I knew I wanted to take a stab at recreating the look. Please click here if you would like to watch it.

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Please bear in mind that the lighting and angles can really affect how things are conveyed to you. Trust me, I’m trying to improve my tech game!

Blue Smokey Eye 2

Blue Smokey Eye 3

Blue smokey Eye Products

 *All products have been linked to their own pages for more product information.*


Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Light Beige 53 – This is the only foundation I’m wearing on my skin in the photo. Light Beige is a good match for me and I like the coverage and finish it gives. Two pumps give me medium to full coverage, and the formula is great for dry skin. It doesn’t cling to any dry patches, and if anything, it adds a healthy dose of moisture back into my skin. The Bourjois Foundations & Serums carry a light floral scent this isn’t overbearing. I like the dewy finish it gives and I it’s a nice drugstore foundation for everyday.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 – I had heard loads about this concealer and that a few beauty bloggers liked this more than the NARS creamy concealer. Though I haven’t tried the NARS concealer, I don’t feel like there is much of a need because this product does a great job concealing and highlighting under my eyes.


Sleek Contouring and Blush Palette in Light 373 – This palette includes a matte bronzer, a champaign highlighter, and a pink blush with gold shimmer running through it. I really like that the bronzer is matte and that it has an ashy undertone for a more natural finish. I used the bronzer lightly along my cheekbones and hairline.


Clinique Eye Liner in Intense Ebony – Love this stuff! I used this as an eyeshadow and eyeliner. First, I applied this all over my eyelid, then tight lined my upper lid and lower lash line.

Stila Eye Shadow in Ocean – This is a deep navy blue with blue simmer running through it. This eyeshadow formula has a lot of fall out, so please beware to press down instead of smudging,

Stila Eye Shadow in Light Apricot – This is a pinkish-mauve color that is very pigmented. I applied this in my crease.

Victoria Secret Eye Shadow in Gold School [discontinued] – This is a very pretty gold pigment that I added to the inner corner of my eye.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Mascara in Smoky Extravagant – This is a late comer to my collection, but my goodness, how did I ever live without this stuff?! It’s the most black and volumizing mascara that I’ve found and the cone shaped applicator lets me get down to the roots.


Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Precious, 050 – I added this to just the center of my lips to add a bit of dimension and to mute out the pink in my lips.


Daily Look as of Late: Brown Smokey Eye & Nude Lip


BEFORE Smokey Eye

Before 2








For the past month, I’ve been inspired to wear heavier makeup during the day. Now, this is probably not “on trend” with the more natural look that’s popular for the summer time, but hey, why the heck not. Putting on makeup in the morning is without a doubt the most enjoyable part of my morning. So lately, I’ve been going a bit  heavy on the lids by wearing a matte, brown, smokey eye paired with a pinkish nude lip. This is how I’ve been getting ready in the morning most days this month. I find this look to be incredibly feminine and sultry for the day time and I feel good wearing this look with or without my huge specks! Let me know if you have any suggestions for adding more of a smoke to this look while keeping it day time appropriate!

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*All products have been linked to their own pages for more product information.*

1) Eucerin Daily Protection – I have really dry skin that can get flakey if I’m not consistent with my morning and night skincare routine. I’m always in a mad rush to push back moisture and nutrients into my skin after washing my face. I love that this face lotion is hydrating and has SPF 30. Two in one, always a winner!

Step 1: Lather up your favorite moisturizer onto you face. Really work it in. I’ve come to learn that your moisturizer is more important than your foundation. Trust me.

2) NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz – Let me start off my saying that I do not have perfect skin. I have quite a few pock marks and red acne scars on the sides of my cheeks and in the middle of my chin. My skin is a challenge, but I have come to accept that I have and will have imperfect skin. C’est la vie, and for me, the solution has been this tinted moisturizer. I don’t care too  much for perfect coverage, because I don’t want it to be a secret that I have imperfections. My goal is to tone down the redness that accompanies aggravated skin. This product does the trick beautifully!

Step 2: Squeeze a dime size of this tinted moisturizer onto a stippling brush and just like your moisturizer, work this onto your skin. The longer you buff, the more natural this looks. So buff buff away!

3) Fred Farrugia/ Eye Kit Chestnuts and Brunettes – I bought this eyebrow product when for a fleeting moment, I thought my brows just weren’t dark or thick enough. Which is so not the case! The left side of the palette is a stiff black gel/wax and the right side is a rich matte brown powder with red undertones. I’ve been susing the brown powder as an eye shadow. The color payoff of this product is AMAZING! I don’t have to put much effort into layering this shadow.

Step 3: Take an eyeshadow brush (I really like ‘Quick Color & Crease’ by Bare Escentuals) and pat it all over your lids. Don’t go above the socket.

Step 4: Take a pencil brush and deposit an extra layer of this brown shadow to your outer ‘V’ and drag it under your water line as well. Just beneath your bottom lashes to balance out the smoke.

Step 5: Take a fluffy eyeshadow brush and soften the edges in your socket. Gently sweep the outer ‘V’ up.

4) Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in #09 Intense Ebony – I haven’t tried a ton of high end black liners, but I can vouch for this one. It’s a deep, opaque black that glides on seamlessly. You have a few seconds to smudge it in, before it sets, so work quick!

Step 6: Draw a thin line on the top of our lids. From about half way to the edges with a slight flick at the end.

Step 7: Tight line your top lid.

Step 8: Take the smudge tool and smoke it out to your desired level of smokiness. I like to elongate the flick as I smudge.

Step 9: Take whatever is left on the smudge tool and smudge the outer ends of your bottom lid, just under your bottom lashes.

5) Rimmel Scandal Eyes in Nude – This is a nice nude eyelet that adds a subtle brightness/contrast into your look. It’s creamy and stays put all day!

Step 10: Line bottom rim.

6) L’Oreal Voluminous Hydrofuge – I used to use Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ Mascara, but I disliked how crispy and brittle my lashes became. Not to mention the amount of work it took to get it all off. I’ve moved on to this gentler and more affordable drugstore alternative. I like the consistency of the product – it’s wet, adds volume, and doesn’t clump!

Step 10: Add two coats of mascara to your top and bottom lashes.

7) SEPHORA Sculpting Disk – This was my first Sephora purchase a few years ago. I’m not a fan of the illuminating powder, but I like the blush bronzer and setting powder. I’m not in love with it, but I’m happy to use it while I have it around. I have my eye on Benefit’s Hoola.

Step 11: I swirl this blush bronzer at the very back (toward my ears) of the hollows of my cheekbones to add some definition and color.

8) Revlon Lip Butter in Precious + L’Oreal Color Riche Extraordinary in Molto Mauve

Step 12: Complete the look by mixing these two products to create the perfect pinkish nude!