How to Create a Smokey Eye For Beginners
Summertime is finally here–which means hello wedding season!!! In other words, tis the season to celebrate and what better way to celebrate than to have a great smokey eye! It’s always fun to pick out a lovely dress and get dolled up; I mean who wouldn’t want the excuse to!!
So you go on Google to try to find your local makeup artist to glam you up, however, there is one problem—SHE’S BOOKED!!! You start to panic and research other local makeup artists and find that they are maybe costly or just not what you’re looking for. Don’t fret…I have some tips on how to achieve that smoky eye look you always desired all from the convenience of your home. So sit back and take notes and let’s get started.
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Start with an eye base.
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It’s very crucial to promote longevity of your eye makeup by wearing an eye shadow primer. There are so many on the market but my favorite is Too faced Shadow Insurance. If you have eyelid discoloration, there are different shade options to help neutralize that such as yellow based tints.
Make sure you pat it gently on to your eyelids with your ring finger and let it dry before applying your eye shadow. Smashbox 24-Hour Shadow Primer holds my shadow in place all day, with no creasing, fading or color changes. Even under my eyes!!!
Apply a Medium Eyeshadow Shade First
The second step to apply a light-medium shade eye shadow on your eyelids. You don’t want to go too dark as this can make the eyes appear smaller or more hooded if you have hooded eyes. I love to opt for shimmery shades, especially for an event as this adds a bit of glam and emphasis to the eyes.
Matte shades are preferable if you have hooded eyes.
Shimmery eye shadow will draw emphasis and attention to the eyelid and highlight the area, so if your eyes are hooded you want to avoid this by all means and stick with matte tones.
I love Morphe’s 35O Eyeshadow Palette for this look because it is versatile with lots of warm matte and shimmery shades to choose from. Not to mention, it is so inexpensive for only around $20.00 you get 20 shades to choose from!
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Third Step is to apply the Darkest Shade to the Outer V
The third step is to apply the darkest shade in your eye shadow palette to the outer v of your eye.
Make sure to blend, blend, and blend!!! You want this look to appear as clean as possible to avoid any harsh lines. If you have trouble creating the outer V, a top tip of mine is to use tape and apply it from the corner of your bottom lash line to the end of your eyebrow as a guideline.
Add Gel or Liquid Eyeliner
The fourth step is to add eyeliner on the top and/or bottom of your eyes. I typically use gel liner for the top of the eyelid with an angled eyeliner brush and slightly wing it out for a dramatic cat eye effect. If you prefer subtle eyeliner look, you can smudge the liner on your lash line and not do a wing. It’s all your preference, so have fun with it and do what looks best for your eye shape!
Add a Volumizing Mascara
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The last step is to curl your lashes and apply mascara. I recommend curling your lashes first, to avoid the lash curler sticking to your lashes. Then I prefer to use a volumizing mascara for that extra glam effect.
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The final look is a gorgeous, soft smoky eye all done in the convenience of your home for free!! Can’t beat that! Now you’re ready for special event and proud to show off your beautiful eyes!
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