Happy Saturday Divas!
I thought I would do a smokey eye look today for all eye colors. This is plum/gold eye look that can be worn during the day or darkened up for night (adding more eyeliner and mascara).
I have green eyes and this look does really well for any eye color at all. Below is what I used. All links and photos will take you to the site where you can purchase.
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Here is what I used for my eyes:
I started out with eye primer all over my lid which I love MAC Paints Eye Shadow (Bare Canvas). I literally use my ring finger to blend in really well but leave a little tacky to set my next shadow. This MAC paint is amazing and leaves you with a perfectly bare canvas (literally!). The paint is thick enough that it cancels out any redness or veins. Unfortunately, I have those veins that show on my lids and also have very thin lids. For a more inexpensive route, you can also use any drug store base primer.
For my base all over the lid eye color I use ULTA shadow in Bone. This color matches my fair skin perfectly and is matte… so really gives a great canvas to work with color on. If you’d like to use a more high end product, I would say MAC Brulee is the same color.
I use the middle brush in the Crown Brushes set here – which is a larger packing brush and I love, love, love it!
After I have a good base, I like to go in with the Naked Palette and use Angel, which is the first color of the palette. This is a shimmery pale champagne color. I use this for highlighting my inner corner and brow bone only. It’s good to get a nice highlight going which will help the harsh lines as you apply darker colors. Of course you will go back in later with highlight. Of course you can use a smaller packing brush..or you can use the same brush as listed above. For a more inexpensive shadow you can use Covergirl eyeshadow single in Champagne.
Next I am going to use my MAC Brush – #224 Tapered Blending Brush which is a fluffy blending brush…one of my all time favorites. With this next color you are going to go right above your natural eye crease (if you have hooded eyes like me) and with a windshield wiper motion you are going to go right to left, back and forth – blending, blending, blending just like a windshield wiper 🙂 This creates an airbrushed effect that looks flawless. (For a more dramatic effect use a pencil brush like Smashbox Definer Brush) You are going use the plum color from Almay Intense i-Color Powder Shadow #024 Trio For Greens Eye Shadow.
You can also use a high end product. The color that would be a dupe is MAC Sketch or for a matte color – Embark. I then take what is left on the brush and blend the color from my outer-v and work upward to create a cat eye look. The lines may be harsh but don’t worry – you will go in later and blend, blend, blend my friend!
Of course, use any fluffy brush similar to this to get the look.
Next, I am going to take my MAC Brushes – #242 Shader Brush and pat on the same plum color on the outer part of your lid. You can use any flat brush for this look.
Now I am going to take that same flat brush and pack on my most favorite gold color to the middle of my lid which is Loreal Wear Infinit in Gilded Bronze 825. Pack on really, really well! Just the middle of your lid being careful not to blend with the other colors. (You will create a mud-look if you do!)
Then take with the same packing brush – the top color of that same Almay Trio for Greens as mentioned above. Pack really well. This color will brighten up this inner corner to create the dimension you are wanting for this look.
Taking the fluffy MAC 224 I blend out the harsh lines – blend, blend, blend my friend! Be careful NOT to over blend the colors into each other. Make sure you can see the dimension of the colors still.
Once you have blended really well you are going to back in with your highlight and blend back in the brown bone and inner eye.
Apply eyeshadow and mascara as you prefer and *VOILA* you have created the look! You can tone it down for daytime by just applying liner to the top but not on the bottom and just applying mascara top and bottom. For a nighttime look, go in with your eyeliner on the top, your tightline, your waterline and some on the outer lower eye area. You can also go over the colors again to deepen and refresh the colors. Blend, smudge and you are done!
Let me know if you have any questions on the products I mentioned or technique!
Have a beautiful day!