Monday, February 22, 2010

Smokey Eyes

Smokey Eyes are really easy, and can be done really heavy for night, or lighter and worn during the day. For my Valentine's Party, I did a lighter version, but I'll explain how to get the darker look like in the "modeling" photos.

First, cover your eyelid with a light concealer and a base shadow in a light color (I've done a sheer light purple, but normally do a "bone", light beige color).

Next, line your upper lid with black liquid liner. I've also done dark purple and its really pretty. I own a black Maybelline liquid liner that is actually a felt tip and is not too hard to master. Practice really does make perfect when it comes to liquid eye liner! I hate it when people say, "I can't do that!" Well, I wasn't born with makeup application skills! I've spent hours perfecting eye liner....vain, I know, but now I can whip out great eye makeup in no time. After you apply the eye liner, let it dry completely. Next, take a dark eye shadow, and brush it over the black line. I own a MAC brush, #228 (pictured below) that is perfect for this step.After the dark color (brown, gray, dark purple gray, which I use here, or a sheer black work great!) is applied, it should look something like the pictures below.

Now, if you want to make the eyes darker you would next add more shadow and blend upwards. I'd also add another layer of the liquid liner. When you blend, don't be shy! Add more shadow and blend, blend, blend until you get the darkness and look you want. Your whole lid should be covered with the darker shadow, with it darkest nearer to the lash line and having it get lighter (not using a lighter color, but a lighter hand with the application) as it travels up the lid.

Next, curl your lashes (I use the Shu Uemura eye lash curler, the BEST!), and either apply false eyelashes and loads of mascara, or just loads of mascara! Nothing makes eyes pop like 7 coats of black mascara!

Final results:
Do you love my rollers, circa 1988? Haha! They work wonders!


QueenBeeSwain said...

love you for the curlers, but also for this post, I was literally going to ask someone to do one of these this week so I'd know what to do!

great minds think alike, right :)


Suburban Princess said...

LOL I love the curlers!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I couldn't get dressed-up without my curlers!

Jennifer said...

I love this post! Very fun! Smokey eyes are the best for going out! I have never tried the look for daytime, but I should!

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

You are too cute! I love this little tutorial!

Red Lipstick Style said...

I love this tutorial also! It is wonderful. You are so right, practice is key.

alanna said...

oh i like the how to, and i'm so glad you're a fellow major mascara aficionado - i wear TONS of it and think its a total necessity!

StylishSuburban said...

Love this post! Funny you love your rollers I love the old ones too! Mine died recently and I can't find any that work with really long hair.