I started rocking a smokey eye a long time ago. My go to makeup in my teens was pretty much foundation, a dark eye and lip gloss. (And yes, I realize I forgot to do my brows totally.) The first time I painted my eyes smoky was actually on elementary school. But that’s another story for another time, that includes nervous parents and bad teaching.
The point of the story is, I love a smokey eye. I’ve always felt at home in this enigmatic and classic look. It doesn’t even matter if it’s a bit messy or not totally perfect – those things suit the sultry smokey look. So yes, I’m thinking you can totally pull it off!
I also love how well this suits deep set and hooded eyes. The way to make it work is just to bravely lift the color high enough.
If you want to adjust the look, you can choose lighter colors. You can also leave the glitter out. I actually loved the look just in matte brown and black colors! But once I applied the glitter eyeshadow I loved it even more – it makes the look more glamorous.
I started by creating the shape I wanted for the eyeshadow. This was pretty much the farthest I brought the color. It also acted as the guideline for the black eyeshadow. Once I had the lines drawn I could just fill in the lid color!
I blended the lines a bit and then added the lid color. I then blended them together. What helps the blending is blending in the direction you want the eyeshadow to go. So on the lid I do back and forth motion and in the outer corner I turn my brush and blend towards the end of my brow.
I lined my eyes. Black in the waterline goes perfectly with a true smokey eye.
I then added my glitter eyeshadow on the lid (where I first added that black). I used a glitter primer with it.
Finally I added some inner corner sparkle and lot of mascara. All done!
When I think of New Year’s Eve makeup, I think of everything sparkly and dramatic. Last year I wore a super dark glittery smokey eye on the actual day, so I wanted to try and do a lighter look as well. Don’t worry – there’s still sparkle!
(Also, I’m trying to make a smokey eye tutorial too, but lately my migraine has slowed me down quite a bit.)
I know I keep using the word easy, but this one really is simple.
I literally applied one light shimmery shade all over the lid and just blended that a bit. It’s easy to blend, because the color is light and shimmery colors blend easily. Okay, I used two colors, but the other one was just to bring some more sparkle to that golden color.
And then the other part is just creating that wing with a blue eyeshadow. I agree that winged liner in itself is hard to do – but this is eyeshadow. And eyeshadow is easier to work with and it suits hooded eyes too! I created the wing by drawing a straight line towards the end of my brow from the lower lashline. You basically have to go on top of the hood a bit, if your eyes are hooded. The secret is to keep that wing quite blended and not too harsh – that way no one is gonna notice if it’s perfectly symmetrical.
Next I added a liquid liner just on the lashline. Then it was just mascara and gluing those little diamonds in place. I used crafting diamonds and lash glue. And that’s it!
I somehow felt like taking some skin shots as well with this look. I guess I just felt beautiful and wanted to remind myself and everyone else that acne goes with any makeup. Spoiler alert: you don’t have to be ashamed of your skin.
IsaDora Single Power Eyeshadow Golden Frost & Glossy Diamonds
Urban Decay Vice 4 (blue)
*Little craft diamonds
IsaDora Explosive Shine Lipgloss, Frozen Raspberry
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