Get the Look: Play in the Darks

Clinique Play in the Darks Fall 2007

One of our readers (Hi Rebecca!) asked us how to re-create CLINIQUE’s Play in the Darks look, and here’s the scoop:


Begin with a base by applying the lightest shade found in the Colour Surge Eye Shadow Trio in Black Truffle to the entire eye, followed by an application of the medium shade to the lid only. To create a beautiful contour, use the deepest shade to line the lower lashes and to contour the crease, blending the colour up into the crease and toward the center.

Gently hold the eye taught from the outer corner. With the edge of the Eye Liner Brush apply Brush-On Cream Liner in Graphite to the upper lashline, from corner to corner, with a strong, precise stroke. Thicken the line as you near the outer corner.

Application Tip: To apply Brush-On Cream Liner, lightly dip the Eye Liner Brush, a stiff bristled brush, into the cream liner pot. For the most precise application, use the back of your hand as a palette to dab off any excess product before applying. If you don’t have a steady hand, gently dab three dashes along your lashline – outer corner, middle and inner corner. Then, go back and connect the dashes.

For a more defined look, as you see in the image, apply Brush-On Cream Liner to the lower lash area and smudge with the medium shade in the Colour Surge Eye Shadow Trio in Black Truffle.

Use High Definition Lashes Brush Then Comb Mascara in Black on the upper lashes. Brush on colour, then comb through root to tip for extreme length and definition.


This look uses a soft application of the Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Sunset Glow. Apply the blush colour from the apple of the cheek up toward the temple. To achieve a natural, blended look apply in a circular motion.


Apply Almost Lipstick in Black Honey to complete the look.

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  • Thankyou so much! That was really a cool and nice thing to do. I’m going to print that out right now and test this line. Take care!

    Rebecca (Reply)

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