Monday, 10 March 2014

How To: Simple Smoky Eye




One thing I always struggled with up until working in the beauty industry was the smoky eye. I always ended up looking more like I'd been punched in the face than having that sultry, desirable look. So, here are a few tips to make it easy to create the smoky eye! Obviously there are many different ways and techniques, but this is the way I find easiest, so feel free to adapt as much as you want to give you the best results.

A few quick tips...

- I use a flat eyeshadow brush to pat on the colour and a fluffy brush - MAC 217 - to blend. For the crease, I use the tip of the flat brush to draw the outline and the fluffy brush with a bit of colour on it to blend out.
-I've learnt to work the colour into the back of my hand, as that way the colour is worked into the bristles rather than sitting on the tips and causing falling particles. I work the colour into the back of my hand about three times before applying it to my eye.
-I've chosen a step by step that includes only two colours to keep it nice and simple, but you can use three or four colours if you like.
-To create a look that makes the eye "pop" it's best to use different textures. I like to use a matte colour as a base and add something with a shimmer into the crease. (I notice however, that the shimmer has fallen all over my eyelid in these photos)
- I prefer to do my eyes before my base, as if I mess up,its easy just to take it off and only have to re-apply my eye make up.

Step One


Apply a primer to make the colour last longer and avoid creasing. I use E.L.F Mineral Primer as its cheap and works really well. You can apply a neutral colour for a base as well if you wish.

Step Two


Apply your base colour all over the lid. This will help you to see the crease line. (I have a deep set eye so my crease is easy to see and this makes an obvious shadow already.) I'm using a medium taupe brown which is a little darker than I'd usually go for, as I needed it to show up into the photo.

Step Three


Using a darker colour, create a line moving upwards and outwards from the outside corner of the eye. This shows you how far out to take the colour. Add colour onto the crease with the tip of the eyeliner brush and pat colour onto the outer corner of the lid. Use the fluffy brush with a little bit of shadow to blend out.

Once you're happy with the shape, add eyeliner, mascara - if you wish- and off you go!

This was no doubt the hardest photo to take out of the lot!

I've tried to keep this as simple as possible, but if there are any questions or something I haven't explained clearly feel free to ask!

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6 comments

  1. such a pretty and flattering eye look! I love a great sultry eye :)

    www.lilting-grace.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank, you! I love a smoky eye, so timeless!

      Hannah
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  2. Great tutorial. I always have trouble creating the smokey eye look. This seems like a simpler way to do it :)

    http://wanderlustandmemoirs.blogspot.com

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    1. I honestly spent years trying and failing, but now I can do it in 5 minutes!!

      Hannah
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  3. Oo I love it, thanks for the tutorial =)

    Hannah
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    daintyandivory.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You're welcome! Hopefully it's easy enough to follow haha

      Hannah
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