One of the biggest trends of the last few years has been the smoky eye. From Kim Kardashian to Angelina Jolie, the smoky eye rules the red carpet. You don’t need an A-list makeup artist to create this look at home, you just need the right shadow palate, a steady hand, and a little discretion.
First, choose your colors. Black, grey, and brown shades work well on everyone. Metallic shades have become less “80’s” and more earthy, so they can also be a good choice if you want something a little more dramatic. Stay away from blue hues, however, they will accentuate any under eye circles and bags. Many cosmetic companies offer a smoky eye kit, so you will have all the tools you need to achieve the look.
Once you’ve chosen your colors, apply a cream concealer over your eyelids. This creates a smooth base for your color and gives it something to adhere to, giving it a longer life. Use a black or grey pencil to line your lash line. Start at the inner corner and work your way out towards your temple. Use the same pencil to dot between your lower lashes. Gently smudge both lash lines with a cotton swab or small make up brush. If you don’t have a eye liner pencil, dampen a small make-up brush and draw the lines and dots using a black eye shadow. The moisture will make the color more intense, but you must be careful not to over do it!
Next, sweep a neutral powder shadow, brown, taupe and grey are good choices, over your lid and up to your crease. Blend the color upward toward your eyebrow and outward. If you want a little more drama, use a cream shadow instead of powder.
Dust a lighter, neutral color, like bone or ivory, over your brow bone. You can sweep some shimmer powder or the light color under your lower lashes to camouflage any dark circles. Add some light powder or shimmer powder around the corner of your eyes to make them appear larger. Finish with two or three coasts of black mascara or a set of false eyelashes.
You want to balance out the boldness of your eyes with a more subtle and natural lip and cheek. Smile in your mirror to find the apples of your cheek and apply a rosy blush with a large blush brush. A liquid cheek stain” is also a good option, it will provide the right amount of natural looking color without overwhelming your look. Pair the smoky eye with a natural lip. Nude lipsticks, in a creamy, long lasting finish are a good choice. If you prefer a pink pout, choose a shade that matches the inside of your lips. This gives a natural, and glamorous look. A coat of gloss can up the “wow” factor without going overboard.
A smoky eye is a great option for a special night on the town. If you are doing it yourself, make sure you take your time and keep your strokes light; you can always add more color, but it’s hard to take it away.