June 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
The trick to remember for perfectly smokey eyes is to blend a nice mix of light and dark colors on the eyes. Of course there is the traditional blend of gray and black colors, but don’t be afraid to mix other colors like peach and gold for more of a daytime look. Just keep in mind to always use the lighter color for the base of the lid and the darker color on top.
The Traditional Smokey Eye:
1. Prep the lid. To keep the lid oil-free, without having your make-up from making a mess and melting into your eyelid crease apply a eyeshadow base with either primer or concealer.
2. Applying light eyeshadows. Apply a little light shadow to the entire eye from the eyebrow to the lashes. I prefer to use a pearl or white shade. Then apply a light gray to the lid of the eye, making sure you blend the two colors together with a eyeshadow brush.
3. Apply eyeliner. Apply black liner to the upper lash line to your liking, either using liquid or a pencil eyeliner.
4. Bottom lashes. Use a black eyeliner pencil to the bottom lashes and run your finger over to smudge the line. Also, I prefer to blend a little bit of gray shadow to the smudge line and a pearl or white shadow directly on the corner of the eye that is closest to the nose.
5. The crease of the eye. Smudge on black eyeliner in the crease of the eye and blend in black eyeshadow. Also, blend in a little more light gray shadow with the black shadow. It looks too intense at first, but remember, just keep blending! It’s best to smudge the intense black liner and shadow with a Q-tip.
6. Mascara. Coat the upper and bottom lashes with several coats of black mascara for thick and long lashes.
7. Under the eye. Make sure to apply some concealer under your eyes to make sure there are no specs of sparkly eyeshadows.
Photo found via frantasticmakeup.com.