Today on the Beauty Takeover, I’ll be sharing some tips on how to achieve the perfect smokey eye.
1. PRIME YOUR EYES
First of all, prime your eyelids with an eyeshadow primer to prevent your eye makeup from creasing throughout the day. If your eyelids are not prone to getting oily, you can skip this step. To even out the skin tone around your eyelids, you can apply a skin-toned cream or powder eyeshadow onto your eyelids as a base for your smokey eye makeup. I tend to gravitate towards cream eyeshadows or jumbo eyeshadow sticks as they’re extremely easy to apply. Blend it out using the warmth of your fingertips.
2. CHOOSE YOUR EYESHADOW
Taupe, champagne and grayish eyeshadows are great on fairer complexions while deeper browns, copper and plums look beautiful on medium to darker skin tones. Darker complexions also wear bright colours very well, so a purple or teal smokey eye are some pretty good colour options. Of course, you can’t every go wrong with earthy tones as they suit absolutely all skin tones. If you’d like more definition on the outer corners of your eyes, you could take some black eyeshadow and dab a little of it on the outer corners to deepen your smokey eye further.
3. BLEND, BLEND, BLEND!
The most important part of any smokey eye is to ensure that all edges of your eyeshadow are blended seamlessly into your natural skin tone. A clean tapered fluffy blending brush is great for this. If you have hooded eyelids or monolids, blend your eyeshadow shade up and outwards. This way, you’ll be able to see the eyeshadow when you open your eyes. MAC, Zoeva, Sigma make excellent eyeshadow brushes.
4. LINE YOUR EYES
For extra definition, line your upper and lower lash line and water line with a kohl pencil. If you don’t want to close off the eye completely, you can skip lining your lower water line. Smudge it out with a cotton bud or a pencil brush dipped in black or brown eyeshadow. You can even choose to wing out your eyeliner for a smokey cat eye look.
Now it’s time to curl your eyelashes and apply plenty of volumizing mascara. If you’d like more dramatic lashes, you can always go for some falsies or mascaras with micro-fibers for some extra volume.
6. CLEAN UP
After doing your smokey eye makeup, it’s quite normal to have eyeshadow (especially powdered ones) sitting on top of your skin below your eyes. Clean up any fall-outs with a cotton pad soaked with makeup remover. Apply your moisturizer, followed by your foundation. Erase any dark circles with an illuminating concealer and blend out any concealer lines under your eyes by smudging it out with cotton bud or a little eyeshadow. Pair your makeup with softly sculpted cheeks, a little blush and a nude lip for a timeless smokey eye look.
Pro makeup artist Lisa Eldridge shows us how to achieve the classic smokey eye:
This tutorial by Tina Yong is great for hooded eyelids:
And here’s a really great tutorial (also by Lisa) for achieving a smokey eye on darker skin tones:
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