Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Easiest Smokey Eye

We all know the smokey eye look can be a little challenging sometimes. I have had plenty of moments where everything is going great and then next thing I know it looks like I have two black eyes. Over the years I have found a way to do a smokey eye that just works so well and is so so easy. I literally wear this eye makeup every time I am going out at night and it never fails;I even do it on my friends all the time. 
Now, just to warn you, I know it looks like I have used a ton of products, but don't let that intimidate you. It is such an easy look anyone can re-create and takes only a few minutes. I have included all of the exact products I use, but have also included an eye shadow palette that has every color you would need so you don't have to go buy a bunch of different stuff. It is up to you! There are also tons of similar colors out there you could use that would get the job done!

Okay, so first I am going to list all the products I use and link them below. I'll also add little descriptions of what the products are so if you don't have the exact products you know what to look for! Then, I will give step by step instructions so you can re-create the look all on your own! At the end I will link the brushes I use so you can get an idea of what I am talking about in the instructions.

Eye Shadow Base: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Grey Pearl; any creamy eye shadow base that is a dark grayish/purple color will work

Lid Color: Urban Decay YDK Eye Shadow; this is a shimmery, metallic cool-toned bronze/purple/grayish color. I have a hard time finding a perfect match for this color so I highly recommend this one to re-create the look. It really is the centerpiece of this whole look. 

Crease Color: Mac Cosmetics Saddle Eye Shadow; this is a warm-toned, matte, medium brown color

Brow Bone/Blending Color: Urban Decay Foxy Eye Shadow; this is a light, creamy nude color

Smokey Color: Mac Cosmetics Carbon Eye Shadow; any matte black eye shadow will work

Inner-Corner Highlight: Chanel Lotus Eye Shadow; just a shimmery nude color, this one is fabulous but you can just as easily use any shimmery nude you can get your hands on

Liquid Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner; obviously any black liquid liner works, I always use this one!

Lower Lashline Eyeliner: Clinique Quickliner for Eyes in Black/Brown; this eyeliner has a great consistency and is super dark but not as harsh as black

Mascara: Diorshow Black Mascara; just use any black mascara you have on hand, this one makes lashes super voluminous for the smokey look

Now, if you don't want to have to get all these colors separately and from different places, you can easily get an eye shadow palette. One that would really work for this look is the Urban Decay Naked2 Palette. It has the YDK color and Foxy color already in it. In place of Saddle by Mac you can use Tease, for Carbon by Mac you can use Blackout, and for the inner-corner you can use Bootycall. I have used this palette to create the look and it works perfectly! There isn't a warm brown color like Saddle, but it works just as well without it! The main color you absolutely need to re-create this look is the YDK color.

Step-by-step Instructions
1. Apply the cream eyeshadow base all over the lid, right up into the crease of your eye, blend it out with your finger. 

2. Take YDK with any flat eyeshadow brush all over your lid covering the cream shadow base. Make sure it is blended into your crease as well.

3. Now take the smokey black color with your flat eye shadow brush or a crease brush and lightly blend it on the very outer corner of your eye where the YDK color is. This will just lightly darken the outer corner for dimension. I also take it right on the lashline for a smokey effect. You can easily skip this step and still have a gorgeous eye look. 

4. Take Saddle, or any medium brown color, with a crease brush (make sure it is clean if you have used the black) and run that right in the crease at the edge of the YDK color. This helps blend the color out and also adds some warmth to the look. 

5. With a fluffy brush take the brow bone color and run that over your brow bone. Not only does this highlight your brow bone, it also helps blend everything out.

6. Lastly, for shadows, take the inner corner color with a pencil brush and dab that on your inner corner. Make sure it blends to where the YDK color starts on your lid and also take it a little underneath your eye on the inner, lower lash line. This really brightens up your eyes and makes them pop. 

7. Simply take your liquid liner and line your upper lash line.

8. Use the black/brown eyeliner to line the outer half of your lower lash line. I always just do the outer half so it doesn't make the eyes look smaller. It adds definition without closing in the eye.

9. And last finish off with curling your lashes and mascara!

Brushes Used

From left-to-right we have the crease brush, flat shadow brush, fluffy brush and pencil brush. I use these brushes and have for over 5 years. They last and are great quality if you are looking to invest. If not, use what you have!

I hope this helps for anyone wanting an easy smokey eye look! It really is very easy and looks great on all skin tones and takes a few minutes to do with a little practice! 

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