How to Achieve Olivia Wilde's "Smoky Eyes on Steroids"

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Olivia Wilde

Makeup artist Melanie Inglessis breaks down the extreme look.

For Olivia Wilde, the Met Gala in New York on Monday was a very shiny affair. Not only did her Michael Kors gown feature a wide metal collar and metallic detailing, but her makeup — and even her ears — shone and reflected light. Of Wilde's dress, makeup artist Melanie Inglessis told Pret-a-Reporter, “It’s very modern but also has a little 1970s Paco Rabanne feel to it, so we decided to have a really metallic chromatic eye that has a lot of luminosity to it.”

The “really strong editorial smoky eye” has a dramatic shape, bigger than Inglessis says she’d normally do on Wilde. “We do a lot of smoky eyes, but it’s definitely out there — something you can probably only do at the Met Ball. It’s a classic Olivia look and I pushed it times 10.” The effect: “Smoky eyes on steroids,” as she calls it.

While it’s not something the makeup guru advises replicating exactly for real life, Inglessis says someone could do a smaller version of it with silvers and blacks. Her tools for the night: Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadows in Precious Metals ($6.50) and Black Magic ($6.50), Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Matte Eye Pencil in Coal ($9) and Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara in Blackest Black ($9), all well blended and smudged, of course.

To further the reflectiveness of the actress’s visage, Inglessis made sure Wilde's skin was plump and hydrated, with Sisley Sisleÿa L’Integral ($525) moisturizer, and she added shine with the not-yet-launched Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Sticks in Gold Light. Says Inglessis, “We wanted luminosity on the cheekbones, on the brow bones, on the bridge of the nose — it’s about that reflective look. She really wanted to play on the textures: metallic, reflective, luminous.”

As for her almond-shaped nails, manicurist Chelsea King found a way to tie in both the black and silver of her gown for a look that used Revlon Knockout ($5), an opaque black, on top and Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Lucky Us ($8) underneath the free edge. “To me, when I think of how technology and fashion collide, I instantly think of metallics and interesting finishes,” says King, “so her nails needed to be unique as well!”