One of the looks that’s all the rage this spring is the smoky-eye look. It adds both depth and mystery to your eyes, and if applied correctly, can be very alluring.
Of course, there are many ways to achieve this look. And you don’t have to be as dramatic as a runway model – unless that’s the look you want.
Today I’m sharing how you can get this look using your very own makeup.
Here’s what to do:
To best achieve the smoky-eye effect, you want all the focus to be on your peepers. So, tone down your lipstick and blush to help balance your face and keep you from looking too garish.
The smoky-eye effect is just that – an effect. Let’s begin with make-up for day wear. You can still have the smoky-eye look during the day but keep it toned down so it’s appropriate in a professional setting. You can use a variety of different colors, but it’s best to choose more muted and not so bright colors during the day.
Darker colors of shadow like brown, gray, black and violet are great for day wear. Choose the color you prefer and apply it to your lid. Now carry the color past the outer edge of your eyelid. A smaller amount of the same color is then applied below the lower lid close to the eyelash line. Since this is daytime makeup, there is no need to smudge the lower color, just keep it neat.
Next, apply your eye liner.
For daytime, use a liquid liner in an equally dark color like black or brown. Lift the liner upward as you reach the outer edge of the upper lid to create a wing. Don’t forget the lower lid. Liquid liner is easier to use for this technique.
Complete the effect with your mascara.
Separate every lash so your eyes seem to “pop” and capture the attention of everyone in the office.
Now, are you ready for a night out on the town? Use the same techniques as before except use bolder colors that deepen the effect. Try something more daring if you’d like. Maybe even a tangerine or a brilliant blue for a more exotic effect. Next, smudge your color to blend it in and deepen the effect.
Either continue with a dark liner or contrast with another color. For the night time look, choose either a pencil liner or a liquid liner… whichever you prefer. Lastly, blend well before applying your mascara, which should also be bold to enhance and complete the look.
All finished and you’re now ready for a fantastic day at work or a fascinating night out on the town.
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Emily Marshall, Northwest Dermacolor Center