Arlenis Sosa sports a smoky eye on the cover of Latina's March issue. Courtesy photo.


This week, Lancôme fêted Dominican model Arlenis Sosa at their sleek New York City boutique in honor of the 20 year-old's splashy Latina March cover. We love how the beauty - who signed a contract with the luxury French brand only six weeks after being discovered on the streets of her home country - is rocking a dramatic smoky eye and pretty flushed cheeks on the latino-loved book.

And Sosa helped dream up the inspiration behind the fierce image.

"I wanted a very womanly feel, very sensual, with a strong eye. And I wanted to wear Hypnôse Drama on top of Ôscillation, which is my favorite way to layer mascara for a dramatic look," Sosa says of Lancôme's two newer additions to their best-selling mascara portfolio.

Makeup artist Renee Garnes partnered with Sosa to make the model's vision a reality. To get the look, line with a black-grey pencil like Le Stylo in Fumée and smoke out the top and bottom lash lines and crease with Color Design Eye Shadow in The New Black. Then load up lashes with Sosa's favorite mascara combo and slick lips with Color Fever Gloss in Tumultuous - a sheer golden bronze. Lastly, dust a Tropiques Minérale Bronzer over cheekbones and subtly around hairline, then top cheeks with Blush Subtil in Shimmer Coral Sunset.

"I suggest just putting a little base over the eye area only, then do your smoky eye application - before your foundation. Clean up is easier and you get a cleaner look. If your eyes get too dark, try brushing a light shimmery powder - not a cream, it'll destroy your application - over the whole eye. It'll soften the darkness and make it more blended and sultry!" advises Garnes.



But the day-to-day makeup look for the 5'11 model is decidedly more low-key.

"For everyday, I just put some eyeliner on and a nude lipgloss. Maybe a little concealer. I might have fun with my mascara," says Sosa.

And even though Sosa's modeling career is heating up the runways as she walked in New York Fall 2010 Fashioin Shows for prestigious designers like Carolina Herrera, it's the job of role model that is most close to this Dominican's heart.

"I'm so very happy and proud to be on the cover of Latina. I hope it inspires other women to go for their dreams."