Sparkly smokey eye tutorial

sparkly smokey eye tutorial

smokey eye tutorial

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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.

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Sparkly smokey eye tutorial

using Urban Decay Vice 4 & YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadow 9

glittery smokey eye close up

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.

smokey eye tutorial step by step

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. I lined my eyes. Black in the waterline goes perfectly with a true smokey eye.
  4. I then added my glitter eyeshadow on the lid (where I first added that black). I used a glitter primer with it.
  5. Finally I added some inner corner sparkle and lot of mascara. All done!

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The smokey eye look without glitter (or mascara).

smokey eye tutorial

The smokey eye look with glitter eyeshadow.

YSL Sequin Crush glitter eyeshadow in 9 is so beautiful!

Products

*NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, Punjab
*NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Custard
Stila Cream Blush, Sheer Petunia (Shop on *Lookfantastic US *Lookfantastic UK)
Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette
*NYX Glitter Primer
YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadow 9 (Shop on *Lookfantastic UK)

Clarins BrowDuo, Tawny Blonde
*Alima Pure Natural Eye Pencil, Ink (the best black pencil for sensitive eyes –  review)
*essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes Mascara

*Jane Iredale Triple Luxe Lipstick, Rose (the best lipstick I’ve tried – review)

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YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation review

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If you want a glowy foundation with a good coverage and a very lightweight feel – Yves Saint Laurent’s *Touche Eclat Le Teint foundation might just be the right foundation for you.

YSL Touche Eclat foundation is definitely a classic product. One, which I just had to test out myself. I have a thing for foundations and more often or not I opt for the more expensive ones. I think Touche Eclat foundation is reasonable priced though and worth the money.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Le Teint Foundation

It’s said on YSL’s site that this foundation is radiant and full-coverage. I was bit surprised to read that, because at first I would have said it’s medium coverage. However, it does actually have an amazing coverage. It’s just so thin and lightweight, you don’t even realize it. It covers well without looking like a mask. It leaves a beautiful radiant finish, which helps to make it look more natural.

Now since it’s not a totally matte foundation, it’s not more long lasting than, say, Double Wear foundation. It still lasts really well on my skin and it wears off nicely. I’m quite glowy at the end of the day, but my skin still looks nice and even. It lasts better if I set the foundation with a powder though, which I rarely do nowadays, even though I have some oiliness on my skin. I just like the finish this foundation leaves on my skin, I don’t want to add any more product to it. Or am I just lazy and leave the powder out therefore? Who knows.

Before & after with YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint BD30. I used it for this gold tutorial. Photos taken in softbox -light.

Wearing YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint foundation in the shade BD30. Natural light.

Touche Eclat Le Teint is easily blendable and I recommend using a damp beautyblender to apply it, as always. As said, the coverage is very nice even with one layer. You can build it up a bit too, but I just use a concealer where needed (acne and dark circles).

How the shades go in YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint foundation 

B – neutral
BD – beige dore (yellow undertone)
BR – beige radiant (pink undertone)
The number indicates the darkness of the shade.

So my shade BD30 is yellow undertone and the third lightest shade. The numbers go all the way to 70 in Beige Dore shades.

I use the shade BD 30, which is considered a golden light color. It’s quite yellow (I could have probably picked a color from the B (neutral) range), but since I’m more on on the warm side when it comes to undertones, I can use this shade. In summer it’s probably the perfect match for me. And to be honest, I feel like yellow foundations give my skin the much needed warmth, since it’s winter and I’m starting to remind one of Dracula’s victims.

Where to find & shop the foundation?

*YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint foundation 54$  Sephora

I would recommend this foundation to normal and combination skin. If you’re oily, you can probably use it too, but you need to powder it well. If you have dry skin, you have better luck with *YSL Touche Eclat All-In-One Glow foundation. Actually, it might just work amazingly for you. I let my sister, who has extremely dry skin, test both of these and she couldn’t make Touche Eclat work, but the All-In-One Glow worked perfectly. I know it’s hard to find good foundations for dry skin, so hopefully this tip will help you out.

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