I have been having so much fun with makeup lately. It’s hard to be into clothes when you are still getting back to normal after having a baby, so I have kinda switched my focus to makeup at the moment. This look is my take on a smokey eye. It’s not a full blown smokey eye. I would categorize this as more of an everyday smokey eye. I’m really happy with the way this turned out. I might try to push the black a little further to get a fuller smokey eye next time.
One trick that I feel is important when creating a smokey eye is to do your top eye lid makeup first. It’s so much easier to clean up any excess eye shadow when you haven’t applied any foundation or powder. It really helps to keep the area around your eyes clean so you don’t look like a raccoon, especially since that seems to be the biggest concern with a smokey eye. Also, I wouldn’t go too far past the natural crease of the eye with the black. You can blend it up past the crease, but I wouldn’t add too much extra color. It will also make a difference how far to blend it up depending on how much space you have above the crease. I actually have a lot of space above my crease so I could have brought a mid tone color up a little higher. With this look, I created more of a smoky eye by concentrating the black on the bottom lid. It’s important to really blend or smudge out any liner or shadow on the bottom lid. If you don’t, you could unintentionally give your eyes a smaller beady look. By really blending, or smudging out any harsh lines created by the shadow, or liner, you are actually making your eyes look larger.
I recently discovered that I have hooded eyes. It definitely helped me to realize why a lot of eye looks and colors didn’t work on me. I have been learning new ways and tricks to help me get the best eye looks with my eye shape. It’s helpful to know what eye shape you are, so you can work on getting the best looks for your eyes. I have been loving watching You Tube channels. They have taught me so much about really great products, as well as helpful tips and tricks. If you do find out your eye shape, it’s really easy to search tutorials for your eye looks. I can always recommend a few if anyone is interested.
Products listed below. (All products are from the drug store)
Face: Primer – Nivea After Shave Balm, Too Faced Primed Poreless (a friend gave me a sample size) Foundation – Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Concealer – Maybelline Superstay Better Skins, Maybelline Instante Age Rewind in their brightener illuminateur shade Setting powder and Contour- Wet n Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette in Dulce De Leche Blush – Milani in Romantic Rose Highlight – Colourpop in Lunch Money
Eyes and Brows: Eyeshadow primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance (also a sample size given to me from a friend) Eyeshadow Palette – Revolution Redemption Eyeshadow Palette Essential Mattes Liner – Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink Mascara – CoverGirl Waterproof The Super Sizer in Very Black, Loreal Voluminous in Carbon Black False Eyelashes – Ardell in Whispies Eyebrow pencil – NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Espresso Eyebrow gel – Loreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Light to Medium
Setting Spray: NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray