Knowing I would probably only have time to do one makeup tutorial before Christmas I knew it had to be smokey eyes as it’s my favourite look for late winter nights. I find smokey eye inspiration in the red carpet looks of Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightly, and Heidi Klum as I think all these beautiful women always nail the smokey eye look in a way that makes them look both graceful and sexy.
High quality brushes are a must for smokey eyes to be able to create the smokey transition, these brushes are great and the price isn’t too bad either.
Smokey eyes step by step:
1. Start with applying an eyeshadow primer to make sure the shadow will stay put all night, I recommend this one. Follow up with applying a base shadow in the same shade as your skin all over the lid and under, avoiding the area just above your upper lash line. If you don’t have a matte shadow in the same shade as your skin you can also use a face powder. I used my go-to nude shadow, Mac Brule, which I use almost every single day.
2. Apply a black cream base on the lower part of the eye lid concentrating on the lower part and slightly smudging it upwards. No need to be neat, we’ll go over it later. If you don’t have a black cream base an eyeliner will do just fine. I used Mac Blackground.
3. Grab a black, dark grey or dark brown shadow and blend the smudged part of the cream eye shadow upwards. Don’t use too much shadow, it’s better to apply little by little to avoid using too much. A little goes a long way here. I used Mac Carbon.
4. Use the lightest shade of brown you have and blend it into the black using a window wiping motion, when well blended into the black you can blend it upwards just above the socket line. If you feel the need for more shadow on the lid, this is when you should apply it. The light shade of brown will create a beautiful transition as it mixes with the black and then fades out in its own light shade. I used my favourite crease shadow Mac Cork.
5. Use the same light brown shade underneath the eye to give the eye more of a somewhat rounder shape as this will draw more attention to the eyes for a real smokey look.
6. Line your upper lash line with a liquid or gel liner, and wing it out and up towards the end of your brow. Apply some black shadow on top of the liner to make it matte, this will also make it stay put longer. I used Lancôme Art Liner with Carbon on top. To give an illusion of bigger and brighter eyes you can apply a small dot of a light shimmer eyeshadow by the tear duct, I used Mac Dazzlelight. Apply lashes if you want, and finish off with mascara.
Matte is key for the skin here. I used a full coverage foundation adding a wash of a matte blot powder on top and a matte bronzer and lastly a matte subtle blush. I also paired the look with a nude lip as I think that looks best with the smokey eye. I’m loving the combo of this lipliner with this lipstick.
What do you think of the look?