Smokin’ Hot Smokey Eyes
Smokey eye is that cool look that everyone loves but most people can’t do. Even with all my love of eye make-up I still haven’t been able to get it just right. I recently decided to fix this problem and learn how to use the technique I adore. I called over my friend Jackie, a girl who is really into make-up, to assist me. Not only does she know how to create the look, she learned how to create it by Sephora employees and she’s thinking about going to cosmetology school to be a make-up artist. I literally don’t have anyone else in my life better suited to help me with this challenge.
Before my lesson began, I had to learn about the basic tools of eye make-up. So here they are, from her to me, the tools everyone needs for this look.
Eye Primer: Primer for your face helps keep your make-up on and this does the same for your face. No more smudged or smeared eye shadow for you! Don’t try to cut corners by getting facial primer though. Eye primer is designed to hold eye make-up as well as work well with the oils on your eyelids. Both MAC and Urban Decay make great eye primers.
Flat Brush: You know how eye shadows come with little application sponges? Throw those out and use this instead. Sponges hold more products and don’t evenly distribute your make-up. Flat brushes are a great investment because they only thing they cannot do is blend.
Blending Brush: This is, obviously, used to blend your colors so you don’t look too harsh.
Okay. Now we know our tools. Let’s move on to the actual make-up. The great thing about this look is that it only requires two eye shadows: a lighter and darker shade. Super stylish and super easy? Awesome! Let’s start applying! Wait. Before you do anything you should read this rule and follow it: DO NOT OVERLOAD YOUR BRUSH. A lot of people think they can’t create a smokey eye when they really just put too much product on their eyes, giving them more of a raccoon look than the sex appeal vibe they were going for. Remember, it’s always easier add to than take away from. Okay. We’re ready now. Here we go.
- Apply eye primer from lid to eyebrow.
- Apply a light pearlescent color from your lid to eyebrow with the flat brush.
- Apply the lighter shade to your eyelid with the flat brush.
- Apply the darker shade to the crease of your eye with the blending brush. Sweep it back and forth in a windshield wiper motion to keep it even.
- Curl your eyelashes and apply mascara.
Tada! You look gorgeous. Go out there and knock ‘em dead!
Written By: Nikki M.