Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kat Dennings Picture Tutorial

My friend Amanda wanted to know how to do a look like Kat Dennings has in these photos:

I decided to do a picture tutorial to help her out, and post it here for you guys! The pictures aren't great, I have to admit. They are a little blurry and dark, and in the flash photos at the end, the coppery color is showing up as really browny orange and it totally wasn't! Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

I started off by applying Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance all over my face. Then I applied the Physician's Formula Youthful Wear Foundation in Fair. Kat has more of a matte coverage with a subtle radiance underneath, so I figured this would be a good combo for that look.

I applied Too Faced Shadow Insurance and a shimmery cream eyeshadow on the lid. The cream eyeshadow is optional, but I used Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige.

I used the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette for the eyes. To make it easier, I will be referencing the eyeshadows as they are labeled above (1, 2, 3 and 4).

I first applied #1 to one half of the lid with a flat eyeshadow brush. I also started to apply it into the inner corner.

I used #2 in the upper crease with a pointed crease brush, and then blended out with a fluffy blending brush. This may take a few layers to get the desired opacity. Just be sure to blend the edges lightly; these shadows are very soft.

Apply a mixture of #3 and #4 into the outer lower crease with the same pointed crease brush, and blend with the fluffy brush. Again, this may take a few layers.

Use the same #3 and #4 mixture (more #3 than #4) on the outer bottom lashes. Be gentle in this area -- the shimmer can easily get into your eye.

Apply #1 into the inner corners.

Using Wet n Wild eye pencil in Black, I first used the pencil straight from the "tube" and applied a thin line to my upper lashline. Immediately after, I used an angled eyeliner brush to smudge the line out. This gives a softer look. I also used the brush to wing out the edge.

Using the same angled brush and what was left over from the upper lash line, I smudged the black liner onto my bottom lash area. I would not recommend putting this particular pencil directly against your skin there; it's not super soft and it will also create a really harsh line.

Apply mascara (I used Rimmel Sexy Curves in Black) and you're done with the eyes!

For bronzer, I used the Barry M Natural Dazzle bronzer and focused on contouring my cheekbones, forehead, and jaw. For blush, I used NYX blush in Terracotta, and kept it mostly towards the back of my cheeks. Highlighter is optional; I skipped it because the NYX blush is pretty shimmery.

The lip was pretty difficult to match on this, and even this combo will not look the same on everyone. I got it as close as I could on my skintone. First, I applied NYX lip liner in Nude all over my lips and followed by patting on Maybelline ColorSensational in Let Me Pink. It's important to pat this on instead of applying it strongly from the tube, if you want to match Kat's lip color. On top, I applied NYX gloss in Cosmo in the center of the lips for a bit of sparkle and shine.

And you're done! Hopefully you get a bit of Kat Dennings' famous pout going...


  1. God job lady, I like the look on you a lot!

  2. One would also recommend a wonderbra for this particular look. HOLY BOOBS BATMAN. You did a good job with the tutorial :)

  3. Gorgeous look! Awesome job on the tutorial!!

  4. Great tutorial. Need a fan blowing next time for da hair!!! lol