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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sultry Smokey Eye

Welcome to all the new readers stumbling my ways thanks to The Bon Bon Girls! I'm glad to see so much excitement due to the giveaway! Today, I'm going to do a tutorial on how to do a smokey eye perfect for the holidays(using the eyeshadow palette featured in the contest.) First step , do your eye make-up. On a day to day basis I do the foundation first, but you don't want to end up with raccoon eyes! Use an eye primer for longevity. Take the middle color of the palette (see yesterdays post for image) & with your brush make a windshield wiper like motion in the outer crease of the eye. I do this first to help with blending, and make the look wearable/less severe. The crease color establishes where you put the darker color & it's really the basis so it doesn't look like you got punched in the eye!

Then take a stiffer brush with the darkest color & pat, press or 'stipple' the color on the lid. You can build the coverage & even wet your brush with water to help with intensity. Just fill in the crescent that you created with the middle shadow as your guide, then blend a bit more so there are no harsh lines...

Then take a black eyeliner(whatever form you're most comfortable with- I like True Cosmetics Dual Eyeliner in Yin Yang) & wiggle it into the top lashes & on the lower rim of your eye. I think this is a really important step to tie the look together. Since it's a strong look I tend to leave the brow bone pretty bare, with just a swipe of the palest color there. (As the Brow Whisperer of course I will insert the comment here as to the need for clean groomed brows!) Lips should be soft, as to not compete with the eye... Then load up on several coats of mascara to make your lashes pop!


The look works on any skin tone. Here is a little softer version....



Whereas I piled on the shadow on yours truly !
Clean up any drop off of shadow & apply a medium to full coverage foundation. Lips should be nude & glossy, which is why I included Lip Lacquer 05 in the giveaway- the perfect compliment...The highlighting powder is actually super easy- just give it a swirl for a 'candle lit' look on your cheekbones or all over! It's the perfect finishing touch. I promise this look is actually not as hard as it seems, it just takes a little longer to do time wise when first starting out. Don't be afraid to try it & remember- practice makes perfect!
Peace. Love. Lipgloss. M

10 comments:

Marjorie said...

I really like this look. I tend to stay away from heavy/dark eye makeup because it never seems to look right on me, but you and I have similar coloring and features, so since it looks that good on you, I think I should give it a try! Thanks!

Scientific Housewife said...

I'll have to try that for the holiday parties :)

Ashley said...

Normally dark eye makeup looks terrible on me, but I think I might be willing to give it another try after this.

I like how you showed the blending close up because I never really understood how important it was before. Thank you for the good advice.

itsandbits said...

this is amazing.
thanks so much for making this clear and easy to follow!

carma said...

I have hooded eyes and have discovered that by loading up the dark color on my lids they actually look slightly better. Would love to perfect the smoky eye though. Nice tutorial!

HealthNut said...

OMG! So gorgeous! Thank you for the step-by-step tips!

HealthNut said...

Out of curiosity, how would this colour scheme look on someone with medium skin tone?

CaraBella said...

Popped over from BonBon Girls -- what a fab tutorial!

Peace.Love. Lipgloss. said...

I always say try a new thing right before you hop in the shower- that way you don't stress if it doesn't work & you get the practice! Smokey eyes look fab on medium skin tones,too- I might just shift the lightest color to the inner corner of the eye.

dreaming in pink and green said...

YES! thank you for that. I need to try it!