Avengers-inspired looks: Iron man's ultimate smoky appeal

Avengers-inspired looks: Iron man's ultimate smoky appeal

Robert Downey Jr's character Tony Stark/ Iron Man is a superhero with millions of fans. In trying to recreate his magic, we bring you a glam party look that's easy on the eye and fun to wear ...

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Iron man puts his best foot forwards.
Photo: Susanna Yeung

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This hairdo is less complicated than it looks. Really!
Photo: Susanna Yeung

The key to a glam look is to not go over the top; there's a fine line between terrific and tacky. Iron Man's primary colours are red and gold, which look great together for a party outfit, but too much of either or both will land you in the OTT category. So stick with one colour as your dominant shade and use the other as accents. 

For this look, YP cadet Christy Cheung sports a deep red (it's sophisticated, not gaudy), with leather details, and gold accessories. 

Some other things to keep in mind: fitted is great, but so tight you can hardly move is bad. And for girls: if you opt for a mini-skirt or dress, avoid sky-high heels. The higher the hemline, the lower the heel.

Smoke it out

Don't be intimidated by the words "smoky eye"; it doesn't necessarily mean you have to use dark colours. 

If you're a beginner, a soft brown can create what beauty vloggers call a "neutral smoky eye". Make Up For Ever's (Mufe) make-up expert Janis Yuen suggests using a Mufe Aqua Matic waterproof glide-on eyeshadow as the base. Apply this to your lashline and then use a dense shader brush to smudge it and blend it upwards into the crease of your eyelid. It should be darkest along the lashline and fade towards the crease. 

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic #M-11 ($200 at Mufe)


If your crease isn't obvious, you can create the illusion of one by applying the Aqua Matic where you'd like your crease to be, and blending away any harsh edges. 

Super easy version? Apply cream or stick shadows, like the Aqua Matic, which tend to be very pigmented, then blend with your pinky finger. Yuen suggests then applying a regular, powder eyeshadow in a similar or darker shade to help blend it out. 

"Powder eyeshadow will help complete the look and give a more even finish," Yuen says.

If you're doing a smoky eye, keep your lips neutral

Chic complexity 

This hairdo looks more intricate from the back than it does from the front, but don't worry, it's simple enough to do yourself. 

First, part your hair on either the left or right. Take a 5cm wide section from each side of the parting, then clip the rest of your hair out of the way. French plait each section down to the nape of your neck. It may help to tie up the section of your hair that won't go into these two plaits first to keep it out of your way. 

Once your French plaits are finished, release the rest of your hair, and tie all your hair in a low ponytail on the same side as your parting. Wrap a piece of hair around your hair tie and tuck it in or secure it with a bobby pin. You can leave the ponytail as it is or curl the ends.

Finally, gently tug loose pieces of hair from your French plait so it isn't too neat or stiff.


Hair: Jeffrey Yuen, Senior Stylist, and Victor Leung, Assistant - Essensuals by Toni & Guy 
Make-up: Janis Yuen, make-up expert - Make Up For Ever
Clothes: Provided by Zalora
Photographer: Susanna Yeung


Don't forget to check out how to recreate our other Avengers-inspired looks!

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