I think there is a very few number of people who has not yet heard the name of Smokey eye. It is one of the most requested looks for makeup-artists.
The beauty of a Smokey eye lies on your blending. The more you blend, the more the look will become flawless.
Today’s look is another readers’ choice. It’s a black-brown Smokey eye with nude lip inspired by this look.
Let’s get started!
Urban Decay primer potion- Original
BH cosmetics 120 eyeshadow palette 2nd edition
NYX jumbo pencil in Black bean
Almay one coat dial up mascara
Givenchy phenomen’eyes mascara
L’Oreal Base Magique Transforming Smoothing primer
MAC studio fix fluid foundation [NC40]
MAC studio finish concealer [NC35]
MAC select moisturecover corrector [NW30]
MAC studio fix powder foundation [NC40]
MAC bronzing powder in Bronze
MAC soft & gentle
MAC lipstick in Taupe
As we are working with dark shadows, it’s helpful if you start with your eyes 1st.
Prime your upper & lower eye lid with a primer. If you do not have a primer, use your concealer lightly on the lids. I have used UDPP (original).
Take a black creamy kohl and apply it on your upper lids like the following image. This is going to be our base for the black eyeshadow. Do not cross the crease of your eyes (shown here with a white line). I have used NYX jumbo pencil in Black bean.
Take a blending brush and blend the upper part and side of the black kohl like this.
Take a matte black shadow and apply it on the black base, concentrating on the lash line.
I have used 2 different shades of brown to smoke out the crease of the eyes (shown in the picture as no. 1 and no. 2).
The 1st brown shade is a very dark one and matte and the 2nd one is lighter than the 1st one and has warm undertone to it.
[TIP: if you do not have this kind of warm brown shade, use your bronzer to warm up the combo!]
As shown in the picture, I have placed the 1st brown color just above the black shadow. Blend this well.
Then apply your 2nd brown color just above the 1st one. Blend again.
After placement of these 2 browns, the shadow combo should look like this. Don’t forget to blend well!
Now take a brown which is similar to your skin color. This will help to blend out the harsh edges.
Apply this color to blend the edges (shown with white lines).
After blending, it will look like this.
Take your black kohl and line the water line of your lower lid and tightline your upper lid.
Apply the matte black shadow along the lash line like this.
Take the darkest brown shadow (or shadow no. 1) and blend with the black line like this.
Now take a shimmery white shadow and apply it in the inner corner of your eyes and under your brow. Blend well.
Fill in your brows, add false lashes. Apply eye-liner, mascara and the eyes are done!
Wipe any fallout with a wet cotton pad and apply your foundation, concealer.
As the eyes are the main focus in this look, keep your cheek and lips understated. Slightly contour your face and add a highlighter.
Neutralize the color of your lips by dabbing your foundation with the brush/sponge you have used for face. Apply a nude lipstick. I have used MAC Taupe.
Don’t get disheartened if your 1st try is not very flattering…. just try the various techniques until you can customize it for your eye-shape. As my eyes are slightly hooded and wide, I tend to concentrate on the lash-line and blend my shadow upwards. You can change it by adding the darkest color on the outer corner and blend outwards to make eyes appear larger/wider, it’s your choice!
So tell me, do you like smokey eyes? What is your favorite color combo?
Chime in below!!
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