July 30, 2015 08:56 PM

Pump up the drama!

To honor Waylon Jennings, country music’s original outlaw, Kacey Musgraves decided to show off her bad girl side with a bold beauty look.

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While her jeweled fishtail braid (scroll to the end for some hints on how to pull that off!) finished off her down-home diva look, it was her fierce smoky eye that caught our attention. Makeup artist Ashley Donovan, who also helps Kelly Clarkson get her glam on, gives a step-by-step guide for how to pull off the eye-catching, unapologetic dip to the darker side:

1. I smudged a thin line of Kevyn Aucoin Basic Black pencil into her upper and lower lash lines. Using a small smudging brush and a dark gray shadow, I smoked and softened the liner, extending it just past the corner of her eyes, but not connecting the top and bottom lines. This keeps it looking mod!

2. Then, using a blending brush, I swept the gray shadow like a windshield wiper onto the top lid just to the crease. (To give the eye extra dimension, try pressing your ring finger into a metallic gray shadow, and then pressing it directly onto the center of your lid.)

3. Next, I lined her lower waterline with a nude liner to give it that wide-eyed retro look. I also extended this just outside the corner of her eye, between the top and bottom black lines I had previously left disconnected. I used Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Inner Rim Brightener.

4. Next, I curled Kacey’s lashes and applied one coat of Mary Kay Lash Love waterproof mascara to prep for the star of the show: false lashes! Kacey loves big lashes, so we went dramatic. If you want to be bold as well, try using Ardell Spiky Lashes #385. Be sure to trim the width of the lashes to fit your eye size! For a modern Twiggy vibe, I added bottom lashes to the outer half of her eye. Try using Ardell Lashes #112 cut in half. I like to blend the falsies into real lashes with a final coat of mascara. I also disguise the shine of the eyelash band and glue into the lash line with another pass of black liner.

Donovan also stresses to keep the rest of the face simple with a nude lip and subtle contouring blush.

What about that to-die-for braid, you ask? Simple: use some dots of eyelash glue to apply some crystals and pearls to your hair. As Donovan says, “I called it her #braiddazzle!” Now that’s a hashtag we can get behind!

Are you loving this smoky eye? Sound off below.

–Mary Margaret

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