The Smokey Eye (3/22/12 requested by Tori M.)
This is a traditional smokey eye, but you can make this a more day-friendly look by using browns and you can always use colors too. I also used e.l.f. cosmetics Studio Makeup Clutch ($15.00) for the eye shadows in this look. Keep in mind this look can be made as dramatic and dark as you'd like by layering the shadow or wetting the color to give it a deeper pigment. I went a little lighter so it's appealing to a bigger audience.
1. Begin by prepping the entire eye lid with primer. I always use MAC's paint pot in "Painterly" ($17.50), which is described by MAC as a "nude beige".
4. Next, you will apply the outer corner color. I used a combination of a matte black and a sparkly black. I used the "angled contour brush" from e.l.f. cosmetics. The trick to getting this to look like a "smokey eye" instead of just a big blob is to make a sideways "V". The picture to the right shows where this "V" is. Work the brush from the outer corner upwards into your crease 1/3 to 1/2 way in, depending on how dark you want the lid to look. Then apply the color from the outer corner inward about 1/3 of the way in on the lash line.
7. I then applied the black cream eyeliner to my water line to really define my eye using the brush that came with the eyeliner. Next, I applied the outer corner shades (a combination of matte and sparkly black) using a contour brush under my lower lashes to pull the smokey look together. Apply mascara to both your upper and lower lashes. If you're comfortable with applying mascara, you can look down and run the mascara wand on the top side of your top lashes so when you blink/close your eyes there will be no powder residue and your lashes will be completely coated.
- Eye shadow brush "C" from e.l.f. cosmetics
- Blending brush from Sephora
- Angled Contour Brush from e.l.f. cosmetics
- Eye shadow brush from smashbox
- Contour brush from e.l.f. cosmetics
- Small angled brush applicator that came with the cream eyeliner
You now have a traditional smokey eye!
|This picture shows you how the eye looks completed.|
|Here's the difference between the completed eye and an eye before it's done.|