The 411 on the Smokey eye

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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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DO’S

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.  

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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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 🙂

XOXO

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Cutting the Crease

Hey my loves!

When you think of cutting the crease – what celebrities spring to mind? For it would have to be Adele and Kim Kardashian –  as you can see below both Adele and Kim K nail it (or rather their makeup artists do ;)) – ranging from the dramatic to the soft.

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Cutting your crease helps to really open up your eye and make it pop – personally this is my go to look for every day as I love how it makes my eyes appear bigger than they normally are. There are many ways to wear this look – for me I usually go more subtle. So I did a quick and easy tutorial for you – check it out and let me know what you think

~ Step 1 ~

Firstly I like to prime my eye using MAC’s paint pot in Painterly applying it with my Sigma P80 precision flat brush all over my lid and blending it up to my brow bone

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~ Step 2 ~

Then taking my MAC 239 brush eye shader brush, I use a combination of MAC’s Ricepaper and Retrospeck  and apply that all over my lid.

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~ Step 3 ~

Here is where I start to define my crease  – for this I use one of  favourite brushes by Sigma – the E45 small tapered blending brush. I find this brush is PERFECT for applying colors to the crease. The first colour I am adding to the crease is MAC’s Cork – using my E45 brush I apply it into my crease blending it out softly, using a windscreen wiper motion. Then repeating the same process but using MAC’s Quarry over the top. You should now have a nice light brown cut crease appearing. Depending on how comfortable you are you might decide to stop here and apply your liner and mascara – or you can follow my other steps for a more defined cut crease. 

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~ Step 4 ~

Taking the same E45 brush by Sigma I apply Oktoberfest – from my Coastal Scents 252 Ultimate Palette – and repeat the same cut crease motion as in Step 3 – but as you will see the crease darkens to a lovely rich brown.

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~ Step 4 ~

Again you could choose to finish it up here and it would still look lovely, however for me I wanted to add a pop to this crease so I chose to take Vibrant Red from the same Coastal Scents Palette  – and by adding that into the crease and blending with my E45 brush by Sigma, very thoroughly out into and just over the crease I get the colour effect I am after – a light red-brown combination which I believe helps make my eyes stand out (please excuse the uncombed brows).crease complete

~ Step 5 ~

Taking my E65 small angle brush by Sigma and Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black – carefully line my lid, flicking it out only a little to create a suble cat eye effect.

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~ Step 6 ~

I Finish off my eyes by applying a few coats of Maybelline’s new Volum’ Express® the Mega Plush® Mascara in blackest black to my top lashes and just one coat to the bottom. HEY PRESTO we’re done!

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So don’t be shy – go and give it a go! Once you’ve tried it a few times you’ll love it I’m sure 🙂 So hope you enjoyed and I would love to hear any feedback – especially if you gave it a go yourself 🙂

xoxo

30 Day Challenge – FINAL WEEK –

Apologies for the delay my loves, I’ve been a bit sick this week so I was a tad behind in creating the last of my looks… However I’m all better now and have managed to catch up. Anyway – here I am, in the final leg of my self-imposed 30 Day Challenge. I will admit there have been days where I found it difficult to think of what to do or if I was going to execute it in time to be ready for work 😉  So I hope I managed to keep them interesting and different enough for you guys – let me know what you think 🙂

Day 24. I wanna be famous – Every now and I see a celebrity on the red carpet at a special event, movie premier, award ceremony etc that makes me think wow! Something about the look makes me do a double or even a triple take. I think these are my favourite looks to tackle mainly because it’s a challenge for me to copy or try a tricky style or adapt it to suit my eye shape. I know for a fact there are a few celebrities that are favourites for me but one that I just love is the ever gorgeous Mila Kunis – I love way she wears such luxurious browns and golds together and don’t even get me started on when she wears a smokey eye. So todays look was inspired by her. I hope I was able to do her justice.

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1.  Primed my lid by using my faithful MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

2.  Applied All that Glitters by MAC all over my lid

3.  Using a mixture of Bronze and Mulch by MAC into my crease and on my outer “V” extending it upwards and outwards so as to lift my eye – all the while ensuring it is blended out

4.  Taking a soft kohl black eyeliner, I used Rimmel’s Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eye Liner, line the top of your lid then using an angled eyeliner brush – smudge it out to soften the line

5.  Taking the colour Luna from the Sigma Resort Palette I highlighted my inner corner and tear duct

6.  Coating my top and bottom lashes with my Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus

7.  Finishing off the look by applying my new favourite lashes in style No. 1 by Lashes in a Box

Day 25. Contour – Made famous by Kim Kardashian (love her!) – contouring has become a common step in my makeup routine – however I have to say it surprises me that for a lot of women, contouring is often a skipped step. In my opinion when you apply foundation to your entire face, you are creating a blank canvas, making it critical to go back and add the dimensions back in. Technically, contouring is about shadows and light; if you’ve ever taken an art class you’ll know that you use darker shading to push an area inward and lighter shading to pull an area outward. So when contouring your face you use this method to help create the appearance of a stronger jaw line, more defined cheek bones, and a slimmer face or nose etc.

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1.  Applied my new favourite foundation – Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation in colour True Beige and ensure it is blended down to my neck with my Beauty Blender sponge

2.  I know where my cheekbones are and have been practising this for a while, however, if you are new to contouring I suggest you look in the mirror and suck in your cheeks – this instantly shows you where your cheekbones are

3.  Then taking your desired medium (bronzing powder/cream bronzer/darker cream foundation) with a flat-headed bronzer brush just slightly under cheekbones from the hollows to your ear

4.  Sweep bronzer in circular motions directly on temples. If, like me, you have a rather spacious forehead you can continue the contour along the hairline. You can also contour directly underneath your jaw line

5.  I then make sure I blend edges with my Beauty Blender sponge

6.  Finishing it off by setting it with my Ben Nye Bella Luxury Powder in Banana

Day 26. Bright times – For this look I chose some colours that I love, and think compliment each other very well. My look definitely created an impression around the office that day 😉 … bright times collage

1.  Started off by priming my eye using NYX’s Jumbo Pencil in Milk – blending that into my lid and up into my crease

2.  Using my Coastal Scents 252 Ultimate Palette I took a bright sky blue colour and placed that on my lid leaving the outer “V” bare

3.  Then from the same palette I took a dark violet shade and blended that into my outer “V” and into my crease

4.  Taking a mixture of the blue and purple colours I used I blended that underneath my eye along my lower lash line sweeping it upwards in a cat eye fashion

5.  Taking Luna from the Sigma Resort Pallete I highlighted my inner corner and tear duct

6.  Taking Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in Black I tightlined my upper and lower waterline. Then taking Eye of Horus Liquid Define Liner I lined my lid

7.  Taking the Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus I coated my top and bottom lashes

8.  I then applied my new favourite lashes No. 1 lashes Lashes in a Box Lastly I take my Sephora Collection Glitter Eyeliner in Black and go over my black liner I created earlier

9.  Using my Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in Nude, I draw a line in between the top and bottom shadow separating the two thus creating a double line effect.

Day 27. Video Killed the Radio Star – I don’t know about you, but I tend to get a lot of my inspiration from music videos. Some of my personal faves that I look to time and time again are Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, and Lana Del Ray. I love that they range from the crazy colourful to the beautiful and eye-catching. So for todays look I took inspiration from the gorgeous, age defying, Jennifer Lopez – in her new clip “Live it Up”. In this clip we see her with a sultry smokey eye, a bronzed golden eye and a very out there mustard lip colour to a heavier sexy night-time look. Which one to choose? I went with the bronzed beach look. I love the other looks but this one just took my breath away – there is something about how luxurious the golden bronze looks on her eyes.

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1.  For this I primed my lid and lower lash line with NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Bronze – blending it into my lid and up into my crease

2.  to intensify this look I took MAC’s Pigment in colour Melon and applied that over the top and then taking it down to my lower lash line

3.  Using a mixture of MAC’s Mulch and Bronze I applied that to my outer “V” to smoke it out and add some depth

4.  Taking MACs Power Point Eye Pencil in colour Duck I lined my upper lash line and smoked it out with an angled eyeliner brush

5.  Using my Goddess Mascara I coated my top and bottom lashes heavily – unfortunately I ran out of time so I couldn’t add any falsies to my look but if you can I would advise adding in some Individual false lashes as it will really open up the eye further and give the eyes that lovely soft fluttery look that Jennifer has.

Day 28. Pop goes the Weasel – there are many ways you can make your eyes “pop” but my favourite is to use a color that contrasts with your natural eye color. Now, some of you might be thinking “how the heck am I supposed to know which colors to choose?” NEVER FEAR! The answer lies within the color wheel! How you might ask? Well, all you have to do is locate your eye color on the wheel and the color directly across is the perfect one for you! Keeping in mind you could also use a bit of your natural eye color, or a slightly darker version, to bring out the color!

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So for me, my eye colour is usually green but, as weird as it sounds, my eye colour greatly depends on what mood I am in, so when I am happy they are at their greenest. If you look at the colour wheel above you can see that for me my colours range from purple to orange and include rust colours and deep bronze’s. For todays look, see below…

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1.  Primed my eye using MAC’s paint pot in Painterly

2.  Taking a MAC pigment in colour Blue Brown – I chose this colour as it is a brown but with a blue-green pearl to it which should complement my green eyes – I then applied that all over my lid and into my crease

3.  Taking a mixture of MAC’s Cork, Quarry and Smut I smoked out the outer V and into my crease

4.  Taking Luna from the Sigma Resort Pallete I highlighted my inner corner and tear duct

5.  Using my Eye of Horus Liquid Define Liner I lined my lid

6.  Finishing off my look by coating my top and bottom lashes with Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus and applied some false lashes No. 1 lashes Lashes in a Box – what do you think?

Day 29. Ombre –

This two-tone look subtly contours the mouth. A darker shade around the outer edge of the lip adds definition, while a slightly softer tone in the center reflects light and creates the illusion of fuller, juicier lips. In my opinion the key is to use two shades in the same color family. They should gradually fade into each other for a lovely ombré effect.

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1.  The first and probably most important step is to prepare your lips. To do this I used my favourite lip scrub by Sara Happ  and then apply a nice thick coat of Lucas Papaw Lip Ointment (hands down the best out there – it is a miracle worker for any set of dry lips)

2.  I then applied a generous coating of foundation to my entire lip. Beware this tends to make you look super creepy, but it helps your lip to “pop” more and your lipstick to last longer.  

3.  Next I applied a nude lipstick (I chose Shy Girl by MAC)  to my entire bottom lip. Once it was well blended I went in with the first color. I chose to use a lip pencil –  Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer in colour 49 Rose Corail – applying this to my top lip and using the brush that comes with it, blending it out softly to top centre of my bottom lip. At this point I blended the pencil out, adding a little bit at a time, as necessary, until I had 3 fairly clear colors happening on my lower lip.

4.  The next color I added was 55 Fuschia (same Chanel Lip Pencil mentioned in step 3), I covered my entire top lip, but didn’t worry too much about getting too close to the edge of my top lip since I’d be covering that area with a darker shade anyways. At this point I also added significantly more of the Lip Pencil – 49 Rose Corail as mentioned in step 3 – to the innermost part of my bottom lip (still using the brush that came with the pencil)

5.  Now, here comes the tricky part…especially since it looked like horrible before I blended it out. I added MAC’s Candy Yum Yum lipstick along the top half of my upper lip, again, I didn’t worry about getting too close to the edge, I blended out from that point anyway.

6.  The next step was to blend. Depending on how confident you are you can use your little finger or a lip brush even a cotton tip – I used a mixture of a lip brush and my finger to blend out only the lipstick until it no longer looked harsh

7.  Then using  the same lip brush (I gave it a quick clean) I blended and precisely shaped the outer line of my lip and further blended the fuschia with the rose colors on my upper lip.

8. Taking my Lucas Papaw ointment I applied it gently by dapping over my lip so as my lips would look nice and glossy. And that’s THAT!

Day 30. Lashtastic – its amazing how such a simple eye can be transformed by adding a pair of false lashes – natural or slightly dramatic. For the look I had today I went with a slightly more dramatic set than I would normally wear… what do you think? Too dramatic or just right?

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1.  Primed my lid with MAC’s paint pot in Painterly

2.  Applying MAC’s Blanc Type all over my lid and up to my brow bone. Then I Cut my crease with a mixture of MAC’s of Cork, Quarry and Smut – blending it out thoroughly

3.  I then lined my lid with Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner in black and flicking it out at the ends to create the desired cat eye effect

4.  Finishing off my look by coating my top and bottom lashes with my Goddess Mascara – then applying my No. 4 false lashes by Lashes in a Box.

SO! THERE WE HAVE IT! I made it, I completed the 30 Day Challenge – albeit a tad late, but completed none the less. I hope you enjoyed it and don’t be afraid to let me know what you thought or what one was your favourite.

XOXO