Friday, May 23, 2014

Not Your Basic Smokey Eye

Smokey eyes have been a big style for quite awhile and there's no sign this particular trend is dying.  It may look complicated but creating a smokey eye can be pretty simple. All you need to remember to do is blend, blend, and blend!  I have to admit I have a lot going on with the look I created below.  Sometimes I pick up my brushes with an idea in mind, then decide to go in a different direction.  This is not your basic smokey eye, but if you want to create this look here's how:
  1. Prepare your lid by applying a thin layer of foundation across the entire lid.  Primer or concealer works best.
  2. Pat MAC Carbon Eye Shadow on the lid starting at the lash line but stop at the crease.  Slowly blend the color upwards with a fluffy blending brush. The key here is to blend, blend, blend.
  3. Now take MAC Embark Eye Shadow and apply it to the crease.  Always blend your shadow upward and outward into the crease of your eyelid.
  4. Create a little depth by dusting a small amount of MAC Saddle Eye Shadow into the upper crease and softly blend it out.
  5. Apply E.L.F Studio Cream Eyeliner above the upper lash line, drawing the line thicker in the middle of eye.  I extended the liner outward to create a winged liner effect but this is optional.
  6. To give the smokey eye some sparkle, glide E.L.F. Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick on top of the shadow from the inner corner to the center of your eye.
  7. Cleanup any eye shadow fall out with your favorite makeup wipes. 
  8. Finish off the look with mascara and lashes.
There you have it, a smouldering stare in no time! Now just try and put the fire out.
MAC Studio Fix Foundation - NC25
MAC Prolongwear Concealer - NW35
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Medium Dark
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish - Gold Deposit
MAC Blot Powder Pressed - Dark
MAC Frost Blush - Margin

MAC Eye Shadow - Carbon
MAC Eye Shadow - Embark
MAC Eye Shadow - Saddle
E.L.F. Studio Cream Eyeliner - Black
E.L.F. Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick - Midnight Rendezvous
Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies Mascara - Very Black
Ardell Lashes - #102

NYX Matte Lipstick - Shocking Pink
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