Attempting to do a smokey eye can be a little intimidating. If you put too much black and bring it too high up and applying too much black eyeshadow below the lash line can make you look like a panda. One of the tricks to achieving a successful smokey eye is blending and gradually building up color instead of applying a heavy hand at the first try. I hardly ever do smokey eyes, but lately I have been practicing and loving how it looks. There are many variations of smokey eyes. You can do a heavy or a soft smokey eye and it is not limited in color either. Smokey eyes can range from black, purple, brown, bronze and so on. I hope you like how it came out and enjoy the pictorial. :)
1. For the first primer I used Urban Decay Primer potion for all over the eyes from lid to brow bone. When it was time to do my lid area I applied the nyx jumbo eye pencil in black and then applied the black eyeshadow for intensity of color so that it would not fade.
2. For the crease I used the red brown color and applied it in wind shield wiper motions. Blend.
3. I took the ivory color and applied it to my brow bone. Blend.
4. In the inner crease I used the mud brown color. Blend. If blending faded the color a bit add more until you get the intensity you want.
5. First, I applied nyx jumbo eye pencil in black on my lid and then took the black eyeshadow and patted it onto my lid. I applied about a layer or two of the eyeshadow. Once I did that I carefully blended the black upward toward the crease making sure I didn't go too high up.
6. I took the same black eyeshadow and applied to my outer corner of my eye to increase the intensity of the look. Blend. I added some more of the black color and blended it again. It really is up to you how intense you want your smokey eye to be.
7. Add a matte liquid or gel liner to the lid. I know it won't show much on my black eyeshadow, but I still wanted to add a wing to my makeup look for that extra glam. :)
8. Curl lashes and add black mascara.
9. Add black eyeliner to your water line.
10. First I took the dirt brown color and applied it below the lash line . Then I took the black eyeshadow and only added to the outer corner below the lash line. Blend to diffuse the color.
11. I used the cream color eyeshadow and applied it to my inner tear duct.
12. Add mascara to your bottom lashes.
Using the brown instead of using the typical grey and black for a smokey eye was a nice contrast of colors. It also made my brown eyes pop. I really liked how it came out and I will be experimenting with more smokey looks ranging in different colors.
Hope you enjoyed this pictorial and see you guys in my next blog post.
Review of the Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Eye Palette coming soon!