Master the smokey eye
Coveting all the smokey eyeshadow looks from the red carpet? Mastering this look is actually quite simple. Here are some application tips to help get you started.
One of the most in-demand looks when it comes to eye makeup? A sexy, smouldering smokey eye. And while it may look daunting to apply, it's actually a fairly simple look to pull off. Be sure to take your time to blend well and build up the makeup. Here are some tips for the ultimate smokey eyes that'll have you looking red-carpet ready.
Make your smokey eye look last longer
Smooth an eyeshadow primer over your lids to help create a smooth base for your eyeshadow — it will also help keep your eye makeup crease-free and colour-true. Also, start by using a cream eyeshadow to develop your smokey eye. You can use your finger to swipe it on and blend — the warmth from your finger helps it to smooth on better than using a brush. The downside to cream eyeshadow is that it tends to migrate, so what you want to do is also have an eyeshadow in the same shade. Applying eyeshadow over your cream shadow will help both intensify the look and help set the cream shadow.
Start the look by lining your eyes
Using a kohl liner, line the bottom and upper lash lines and smudge out using a cotton swab to kick off your smouldering, smokey eye look.
Experiment with different shades
Don't feel that you have to stick to brown, black or grey for your smokey eye. Experiment with colour (a deep purple or green, for example) or with metallic shades for a fresher look. A silver would work well, day or night — just go with a sheerer wash of colour for day.
Practice your application
The idea is to sweep the same colour onto your lid, up and into the crease. For the best results, you need to be patient and blend well up and outwards to achieve the desired smokey effect. If you're new to applying the smokey eye, the good news is you can start with sheer colour and build up the intensity. To finish the look, sweep a neutral eye shadow up to the browbone area.