Hello my beauties, hope all is well and your weekends have been wonderful sunny 🙂
Today I want to talk about the infamous smokey eye – well, rather the do’s, the don’ts and the don’t you dare’s which if followed, will help steer you away from raccoon eyed terror – towards sexy bombshell diva 😉
Now I think we can all agree the majority of us gals love a smokey eye and it’s the look I get asked to do a lot. When I’m asked to do this look it’s mainly because it’s popular, but also most believe it’s too tricky to do themselves. Another thing I think hinders people from trying it out is the misconception that a smokey eye HAS to be black. Well girls it doesn’t, a smokey eye can be done with many other shades that are dark – if anything I prefer using colours other than black. Anyway never fear…. like most things, the smokey eye just takes a little practice and patience before you’re a pro 🙂
So before getting any further let me clarify that to create a smokin’ smokey eye 😉 you will need quality brushes (not the little sponge applicators that come in most eyeshadow compacts) to help blend the colours well and decent eyeshadow (keep in mind you don’t have to spend a lot to attain these). Excuse my bluntness but, if the eyeshadow is crap then you are going to look crap – the color isn’t going to blend, and if its powdery this will lead to extra fall out. So by the time you’re done you will have extra fall out and end up with eye shadow all over your face. Not sexy.
So now let’s go through some mistakes women do when trying to create a smokey eye.
DO NOT DO THIS!!!
Putting black eyeshadow on your entire lid and bottom and underneath your eye and thinking that constitutes a smokey eye – sorry but NO, or rather HELL NO. Please refrain from piling on layer upon layer of black eyeshadow, instead slowly build the color up and in between use your brushes to blend, blend, blend, and blend some more.
Avoid using a selection of all shimmery eyeshadows. Dont get me wrong, I love shimmer and when used on the inner corners of your eyes, it can really lift and brighten them. It is in my humble opinion that shimmer has NO place under the eyebrow or along the brow bone. Here using a matte or even a less shimmery eyeshadow that’s close to your natural skin color will highlight your eyebrows and will help blend the colors on a more natural level.
DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT place the eyeshadow all the way up to your eyebrows. This just makes you look crazy… see poor Tyra below… If you feel you have placed eyeshadow too close to the eyebrow what you can do is to use a matte eyeshadow close to your skin color (same as mentioned above) under the eyebrow and blending down. Remember to keep separate brushes for dark colors and light colors otherwise you’ll look like 2 burnt holes in a blanket.
Lastly, harsh lines (this goes for any look) under your eye just make you look hard and unfeminine – so lets stay away from that. In the photo below you can see the bottom liner has not been blended, resulting in a super harsh line. What I would have done here would be to take a little blending brush (if you don’t have one don’t sweat – just use a cotton bud (Q-tip)) and blend the bottom eyeliner till it has a soft smoked out appearance. You can also applying eyeshadow that’s the same color as the liner over the top – this will help to both set it and stop it smudging down your face all the while retaining that soft smoked out look you set out for in the beginning.
DO experiment with different colours for smokey eyes. Below is a great example of combining a fairly bold colour with black to achieve a smokey eye. Here a the colour is not only bold but it makes her eye pop so much more than black would. Also in play is fantastic blending technique which as you can see gives it that soft smokey look.
In the photo below you can see how Kim’s eyeshadow is placed under the eyebrow the right way. Just remember to use a matte shadow close to your skin color. You can also see how it helps highlight brows.
In the picture below Lindsay Price (more like her makeup artist) has nailed the under eye placement of liner and shadow for her smokey eye. This is how its done people! Keeping it thinner towards the inner corner of the eyes then widening it towards the outer edges.
Below is my personal go to smokey eye look. As you can see I make sure all the colours are blended together so they have an even transition and the shadow goes high up but not all the way to my eyebrows. I’ve highlighted my brow bone flesh toned shadow that has a slight shimmer in it and blended it down.
Should I do a tutorial on this one? If you’d like a step by step on this look, leave a comment down below 🙂
So I this has helped in some way and made things a little clearer… and remember – its only makeup and be wiped off easily. So go practice and enjoy 🙂