WINTER SMOKEY EYE

November 8, 2020 Makeup by Angie Parker

‘Achieving a sexy and sultry makeup look for evening can sometimes be difficult and look overdone, yet if you choose the right tones and blend well, it is totally possible to get a really natural look’ says Parker.

Here’s how you can achieve that perfect smokey eye look:

STEP 1
Skincare is probably as important with any makeup routine, as the actual makeup itself. It is the canvas upon which the products reveal themselves and look good!

I always use three essential products to prep the skin, starting with a great Super Nutrient Elixir, followed by Kat Burki’s Marine Collagen Gel and to finish, a great moisturizer that really primes the skin and determines how well the makeup sits.

STEP 2
To smooth out skin I prefer to use a tinted moisturizer rather than a foundation. This keeps a more natural finish and allows the skin to be seen and actually look like skin. Try this one, which is super light and transparent.

If there are dark circles, or any blemishes, and that sheer veil does not give enough coverage, you can build on it with a concealer. This is one I particularly like, that again adds coverage, but is fairly light and can blend well.

STEP 3
Using a darker brown pencil, I like to create a line along the lashes, and in between the lashes, to start the effect. [ see image 1]  

Cats Eye‘Achieving a sexy and sultry makeup look for evening can sometimes be difficult and look overdone, yet if you choose the right tones and blend well, it is totally possible to get a really natural look’ says Parker.

Here’s how you can achieve that perfect smokey eye look:

STEP 1
Skincare is probably as important with any makeup routine, as the actual makeup itself. It is the canvas upon which the products reveal themselves and look good!

I always use three essential products to prep the skin, starting with a great Super Nutrient Elixir, followed by Kat Burki’s Marine Collagen Gel and to finish, a great moisturizer that really primes the skin and determines how well the makeup sits.

STEP 2
To smooth out skin I prefer to use a tinted moisturizer rather than a foundation. This keeps a more natural finish and allows the skin to be seen and actually look like skin. Try this one, which is super light and transparent.

If there are dark circles, or any blemishes, and that sheer veil does not give enough coverage, you can build on it with a concealer. This is one I particularly like, that again adds coverage, but is fairly light and can blend well.

STEP 3
Using a darker brown pencil, I like to create a line along the lashes, and in between the lashes, to start the effect. [ see image 1]  

Image 1

Image 1

For the base, I apply a medium-brown eyeshadow with a brush, and sweep across the baseline of the eye, making sure not go past the crease. [see image 2] 

Image 2

Image 2

Then I apply a darker shade with a brush, and work it to the outer edges of the eye and blend it again, making sure it still stays under the crease line and in the corner.

I always place a tissue under the eye, to catch any debris that might fall from the brush, so there is less to clean-up afterwards. I like to go in with the same brush, and do a little shadow under the eye, keeping it subtle. We always want to avoid the heavy panda-eye effect when it is not well-blended. A key trick is to take another soft brush, without any product, and go in both under, and on the eyelid, and blend out to avoid all hard edges. [see image 3]

To complete my smokey effect, I like to take a light shade and/or a bronze shade and, using it as a highlighter, go to the opposite corner of the eye and don’t go past the middle of the lid. You can blend a little under the lashes in the same corner and even a little under the brow. [see image 3]

For all these eyeshadow colors, I used this palette

Of course, a smokey eye is not complete without lashings of black or dark brown mascara. Be sure to apply generous amounts and push the lashes upwards so you can feel a sense of complete coverage with this beautiful look. [image 3] This is my favorite go-to mascara, to achieve full lashes.

Image 3

Image 3

Once the overall drama of the eye is complete, you want to make sure your brows are well-groomed and brushed and filled- in properly.
It’s also important to leave the rest of the face looking as natural as possible, with clean and subtle makeup. I like to add a little contour and highlighter that, again, works with your skin tones.

Finally, with a dramatic eye, a simple shine or stain to the lips is all that’s needed. Marley [featured here] has such great-shaped lips, and is so young, that we went with a glossy lip. [see image 4]

Image 4

Image 4

Don’t be scared to go for a smokey eye and use eyeshadow to really play up the eye area! It’s really about getting the right tones, and blending well, so it feels like you are wearing the makeup and not the other way around!

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