Monday, March 14, 2011

Dramatic Smokey Eye

Here's a sexy look for a night on the town! A perfect combo with that little black dress. (Feel free to tone down the makeup and adjust it to suit your own style).

1 After applying foundation all over, and concealer in area's you need it (under the eyes, around the nose, on any blemishes), lightly dust on your setting powder to mattify and ensure a long lasting makeup.
2 Lightly sweep your bronzer across the back of the cheeks, temples, and hairline. Focus on the hollows of your cheeks to further sculpt your cheekbones.
3 Apply your blush lightly to the apples of the cheeks. When doing such a dramatic eye, it's important to keep the rest of the makeup neutral, so choose a natural blush tone.
4 After applying your eyeshadow primer, sweep your pink champaign colour from lashline to crease, and in the inner corner of the eye.
5 Apply your black eyeshadow directly into the crease of the eye. Start blending the outside edge all around the black shadow up and out, pulling the shadow gently into a more cat like shape. Blending is always easer with a clean brush, so if you can, have several  blending brushes on hand (especially for dramatic looks).
6 Next, blend your highlight colour directly under the brow. Not only will this highlight your brow bone, it will help blend the edge of the black shadow even more.
7 With an eyeliner brush, trace a thin line of gel liner all the way along your upper lashline, going slightly thicker towards the outer corner.
8 Apply a pencil eyeliner all along the inside of the eye and lightly drag it under the lower lashes. Remember to line the top and bottom of the waterline! Lining the inside of your upper lashes is called tightlining... this is especially important when doing such a dark look because you don't want any light areas showing. I always use a waterproof eyeliner pencil to ensure it stays on as long as possible. If you don't have sensitive eyes, try gently pressing a black eyeshadow ontop of the liner on your waterline. It will really lock in the colour.
9 Smudge the liner on the lower lashline and blend black eyeshadow over top of it.
10 Apply mascara lightly on the top lashes, and liberally on the bottom lashes.
11 Apply glue to your false lashes and wait 30 seconds before applying the lash to let the glue get tacky. I use tweezers to apply my false lashes and I find it makes the application a lot easier! Falsies are key with this look because your real lashes tend to get lost behind all the dark shadow.
12 And FINALLY, keep it simple with a light, neutral pink gloss and voila! A sexy smokey cat eye your guaranteed to get loads of compliments on!

Dark eyeshadows tend to have a alot of fall out and can be really hard to clean up after your look is done. To avoid this problem, you may want to do your eyes first and leave your foundation for last!

The key to being successful with this look is to take your time. It's an intense look that really needs soft blended edges, and sometimes blending can be frustrating and tedious. It's also a makeup that may not look very nice in the beginning stages... stick with it and really take your time!

Products used:
Clarins Daily Energizer Cream
Makeup Forever HD foundation '117'
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer 'SC-1'
Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder
Anastasia brow powder 'Brunette'
Nars 'Laguna' bronzer
Two Faced blush 'Mocha Mi Amore'
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay 'Virgin' eyeshadow (highlight)
Urban Decay 'Sin' eyeshadow (pink champaign)
Urban Decay 'Creep' eyeshadow (shimmery black)
Clinique gel eyeliner
Laura Mercier Lengthening mascara
Buxom Smokey Eye Stick 'smokin' pistol' (black)
Makeup Forever lashes '157 Lori'
Duo lash glue clear
Laura Mercier lip glace 'Baby Doll'

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you have any questions! What do you think of this look?

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