Sonam Kapoor Cannes Inspired Makeup Look & Pictorial!

I received a suggestion last night to do Sonam Kapoor’s makeup she wore for The Cannes Festival 2013. I hadn’t really heard of Sonam Kapoor until last night. She is bloody stunning! For those of you who don’t know, she is an Indian actress who stars in Bollywood films. When I saw the picture and googled more pictures, I fell in love with the look. The makeup, the hair, her glamorous dress.

I knew right away I wanted to do this look as soon as possible, I thought I would do a tutorial too. This is far too much a gorgeous look to not do a tutorial for anyone to recreate! (Btw sorry for my hideous face demons, breaking out at the moment:sob:)

Step 1: After applying a loose translucent powder to the under eye area (to catch any eyeshadow fallout), Take a shimmery dark Brown and a fluffy brush, brush this shadow all over the lid. Bring it higher towards your brow bone like Sonam’s. Sonam has very natural looking eyebrows and wide-set eyes, however, the space from her lids to her brows is smaller than mine; so I extended the eyeshadow onto my brow bone in order to achieve a similar look. Note: Sonam doesn’t have a highlight colour on her browbone. My browbone looked too pale from the primer so I just lightly applied a matte Cream shadow and blended.

Taking a lighter Brown with Golden hues (or just Gold and dab it lightly if you don’t have this kind of shadow), pat this onto the lid. We want to lighten up this area a bit as we can see a lighter iridescent colour peeking through on Sonam’s lids.

Step 2: Apply a darker, more intense Brown colour and sweep this over the top of the darkest shadow, to intensify the look. I also took a Brown with slight Purple undertones and sweeped this over the same colour with a fluffy brush.

Step 3: The highlight of Sonam’s look is the eyeliner. It is extremely winged and extended on the outer corner of the eye. I would never do my eyeliner this way if I was going out but this is an important part of the look, so I applied a liquid liner pen first as a guideline, then used gel liner. Draw a thin like from the inner corner of your eye and first just line your lid. A plain simple line. Continue to go over it and thicken it even more until you have your desired thickness.

Notice in the last picture how the winged liner reaches out to the very outer corner of the eye? From the outer corner, draw straight angled line upwards, then connect it to the rest of your eyeliner. ( I later thickened the line even more, but this is optional).

Step 4: Taking the darkest Brown shadow you used earlier and a flat angled brush, sweep this under the eye. It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect. Messy is fine. We want to blend this out a little and create a sultry feel to the eyes.

Step 5: Apply a glistening Champagne eyeshadow to the inner corner of your eye. This will highlight and open your eyes. Take a liquid liner, and line as close to your bottom lash line as possible. Make sure this is a thin line and it connects to the wing.

Step 6: Intensify the eyes a tad more by extending the liquid liner to the middle of your bottom lash line. Take a White eyeliner and line your waterline with it. Don’t worry if you don’t have a white eyeliner! I seem to have lost mine temporarily, so I used a matte White eyeshadow instead. If preferred, tightline using a gel liner. This draws the look tighter.

Step 7: Apply your mascara generously! To deepen the eyes further, go back and apply more dark Brown pigment to the crease and browbone.

Step 8: This step is optional, but is recommended. Apply a pair of false lashes to heighten the volume of the desired look. This look is very fierce so I would recommend this step! However, if you do not have false lashes, just apply more coats of mascara to increase volume.

Note: As you may or may not have noticed, my brows are a lot less thick and harsh looking. I wanted to captivate Sonam’s look as much as I could, so I filled my eyebrows in with a dark brown. My brows are naturally very dark, like jet black dark, so this was a minor inconvenience. But if you’re blessed with lighter brows, lucky you!

After this, blend the translucent powder under your eye and you’re good to go for the eyes!

Sonam is another stunning woman who is blessed with a great structured face. Her face is sharp so it doesn’t require much contouring. I contoured quite a lot as I wanted my face to look as sharp as hers. She is also wearing a generous amount of a Reddish-Pink blush. I used Gleeful by MAC for the cheeks as I thought this would be perfect.

Now for the lips! (Excuse my face/lips looking so grainy! The lighting was weird)

Step 1: You want to apply a foundation to your lips so that you can achieve the true colour of the lip products you will be using, this also prevents your lip colour from bleeding through.

Step 2: If preferred, apply a highlight colour to your Cupid’s bow to accomplish the appearance of fuller looking lips. Then grab a dark Mulberry/Wine lip liner and apply all over the lips. This creates the perfect base for Sonam’s lip colour.

Step 3: Apply your favourite Red lipstick over the lip liner! Clean up any mistakes with a small lip/eye brush and concealer.

Hint/Tip: Apply a rich moisturising lip balm all over your lips before you start your makeup, any time you get ready. Your lips will be soft and much more easy to work with by the time you’re ready to apply product to them! I do this all the time:grin:.

I later applied a lip gloss to give that gorgeous finish. I didn’t include this in the photos of my lips but you shall see now!

Are we ready for the final look?

I am absolutely in love with this look! What do you think? I think it’s perfect for date night. Ahh!

Here are the products I used:


  • NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC30
  • Collection Sheer Loose Powder in Translucent
  • Contouring Powder/Bronzer from NYX Makeup Artist kit
  • MAC Mineralize Blush in Gleeful


  • The Naked Palette by Urban Decay – Virgin, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted and Hustle
  • Matte Cream Eyeshadow from Accesorize Exposed Palette
  • Matte White Eyeshadow from NYX Makeup Artist Kit
  • N.Y.C High Definition Liquid Liner Pen
  • Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Black
  • Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara
  • Eylure Pre-Glued Lashes in 191 (read my review on these here)


  • Astor Rouge Couture Automatic Lip Liner in 005 Marone
  • Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Stiletto (fave Red lipstick ever)
  • Sally Hansen Maximum Moisture Lip Treatment in Crystal Clear

I love how Sonam’s makeup look is so dramatic and bold, yet it still maintains that elegance and classiness. I was going to do my hair properly like Sonam’s as it was so gorgeous, but I have lost the products I was going to do it with:weary:. I decided to just do the classic middle-parting and tie my hair back in a bun. That way it’s still kind of similar. As for the dress, I don’t own any Asian clothes haha. I wish I had a lovely dress like that though! All I could find was an old Ivory coloured dress so I threw it on and took pictures for you guys!

So what do you think? What is your favourite part of the look? I really hope you guys like it.

I’d like to thank the person who suggested doing this makeup look. I’m so grateful, and I would love more suggestions from anyone reading this! Leave a suggestion in the questions page of my website? :innocent:

Let me know if you find the tutorial helpful, and if I inspired you to do this look, please tag me with a picture on any of my social networking sites (You can find at the bottom of every page)! I would love to see.

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Take care for now lovelies, :kiss:

Louise Yafai

Louise is the founder of Non-Fiction Beauty. She studies Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy and has an addiction to sweetcorn.

  1. Wow! You are stunning! and this look is goregous and super wearable. Im Pakistani so I definitely know who Sonam Kapoor is. Beautiful -x-

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