How to get smoky eyes
Smokey eyes have been a big style for quite some time and there is no sign of this particular trend is dying. Here we show you step by step instructions on how to get the perfect smoky eye.
The key to the perfect smokey eye is proper mixing. You want to make sure colors are blended together perfectly. In addition, it is important to link the basic colors of light with rich dark colors.Nice mixes include: Soft gold base with Deep Purple on the basis of champagne top with bright blue and peach base with green reflections.
Preparation of the lid. The key to keeping eyeshadow from melting into your eyelid crease as the day that happens is the eyelids kept free of oil. To do start with a base eyeshadow (also called “primer”). Simply drag the primer on the eye and let it dry before proceeding to the next step.
Some great primers for a smokey eye include MAC “paint” and “Primer Potion, Urban Decay.
Apply eyeliner. If you’re going for a typical black, brown or gray smoky eye, apply liner in one of those colors above the upper lash line, drawing line thicker in the middle of the eye. If you opt for a jewel toned eye (violet makes a gorgeous smokey eye), line eyes with a purple, light blue shirt and dark green.
For more complex instructions on the lining for a smoky eye see How to apply eyeliner. See also my list of the best liners.I include several that work great for the smokey eye.
Mixture of color on bottom lashes For color on the bottom (a look eye smoky touch) you’ll want to use a eyeliner pencil because they’re easiest to smudge.Once the line is drawn, run your finger over it to smudge the line. You can also apply a bit of shadow to get full smudge effect.
Apply light base color Again, the key to a smokey eye is pairing a lighter base with the darker hue. I prefer a nice cream shade for my base. Sweep a light, shimmering shadow on the lids to your brow bone. I love Stila eye shadow whipped. The moist “mousse” consistency seems to stay forever. My favorite colors are taupe and pearl.
Blend in darker color, but keep dark color below the crease. Now that you have the base and eyeliner on, it’s time to get the smokey effect. You need a darker shade eyeshadow. The use of a mixture brush eyeshadow color from the lash line, blending up. Make sure to blend color into the lash line so the eye liner disappears. Stop deep color fold. The key here is to blend, blend, blend.
Doublecheck your work Make sure eyes match the color and mix with a Q-tip if necessary.
Finish with several coats of mascara. You want to apply a few coats of mascara lashes are thick and dark. If you do not have naturally long, curled lashes, curl with an eyelash curler first. See my list of best mascaras if you do not have one you like.
Remember to keep lips nude.When applying strong makeup (like smoky eyes and red lips) put the focus on either eyes or lips, never both. (Think Angelina Jolie: She plays up its eyes or lips huge, never both If she did, she looked like a clown.).
For a bit of fun, try a blue or purple mascara. It will make blue eyes “pop.”
Liner does not have to come in pencil form. Makeup experts know eyeshadows make some of the best eyeliners. To do this take an eyeliner brush (available at Sephora, MAC or any department store), wet it, then dab wet brush into the dark shadow. This allows for a deep line. You can also use shadows without wetting brush first. Either way, eyeliner is necessary for smoky eye.
This season is jewel tones (blue is great for you blue-eyed girls) and keep your eyes smoky but stay away from dark brown and black. Instead, opt for a deep purple, a gold-brown or any of the many vibrant colors in this year.
What you need
Eye Boot (you do not need, but it’s great for keeping up the shade)
2 Shadows: a fire, a dark