How To Create A Smokey eye (easily!)

Smokey eyes are one of the most popular makeup looks out there. Whilst I prefer a bold pop of lippie (preferably a firey red to channel the ’50s a good smokey eye never goes a stray and at the right place and  the right time I will happily rock one.


Unless I am trying out a new product I never skip priming; even if I am using long wearing products. I feel priming is absolutely essential, even though this look uses a lot of long wearing formulas nothing replaces the effectiveness of a primer, which are designed to mattify the eyelids and lock your shadow into place. My two ultimate favourite eyelid primers are Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue and NARS Smudge Proof Pro Prime. If you are on a budget though ELF Eyelid primer is fantastic and gets a huge thumbs up from me. PS: Don’t do your face makeup just yet, you will get A LOT of fall out!


Next of all take some black pencil or gel eyeliner (my preference is gel eyeliner, in particular essence gel eyeliner) on the back of your hand and mix it with a little liquid concealer. Apply it onto your eyelid, precision is not important at all because the next step is to blend it up to your crease. If you go up to your brow bone or underneath your eyes by accident clean it up with a cotton tip dipped in eye makeup remover.


Because we don’t want it to look like you  put one product over your eyelid and called it a day I suggest taking a bit of shimmery white shadow and placing it into the inner corner of the eye, this will make your eyes look a touch more smokey and softer. (no one wants to look like they have a black eye) I also suggest applying a tiny amount of shimmery charcoal grey shadow to your eyelid and blending it to give a diffused finish. I like Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow in 14 Gris Delicat.


Take that black liner that you were using earlier on and  apply a little to your upper and lower lash lines. Be sure to smudge it using a pencil brush or if worse comes to worst a cotton bud. Make sure to clean up under your eyes a little otherwise your liner may look like dark circles. After lining your lash lines take the eyeliner into your upper and lower waterlines (the fleshy part of your eyes) my favourites for this is Rimmel London Soft Kohl Pencil and Max Factor Kohl Pencil.


Smokey eyes kill for gorgeous looking lashes. You have two options an amazing mascara (Smashbox Hyperlash, *Benefit They’re Real, Covergirl Clump Crusher, curl the lashes and then apply two coats) or false lashes. Be sure to coat your upper and lower lashes.


Next of all we shall do the rest of your face makeup (provided you weren’t all silly and done your face makeup first resulting in fall-out city) Do your face makeup as always but opt for a natural looking, super subtle blush and a gorgeous nude lipstick (Did someone say *The Balm Maibillsbepaid? Yep, I did!)  You don’t want your cheeks and lips to clash with your eyes.

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