How To: Smokey Eyes

31 May

The smokey eye look has been popular for quite some time now. However, if not executed correctly can result in the, also popular but highly unattractive, “raccoon eye” look.

Take for instance, Taylor Momsen of Gossip Girl. It takes some serious skill not to smudge the excess amount of black eye shadow she wears, all over the rest of her face.

What happened to the days of Cindy Lou Who? She was so cute, where did she go wrong?

But anyway let’s not make the same mistakes she does and learn the proper way to apply that sexy look.

1. Prepare the lid with a base coat of eye shadow, also known as primer, to avoid oily creases and keep the eyes looking fresh throughout the night.

2. Apply black, brown, or grey eyeliner; depending on the smoky eye color you are looking for. Try to keep the liner as close to the lash line as possible and slowly thickening it as you get to the middle of the eye.

3. If you prefer color on the bottom lashes, apply lighter eyeliner and smudge it, either with a q-tip or your finger.

4. Choose a light-colored base. You will be working with a couple of different colors, so the base must always be the lightest for optimal blending. Apply the shadow over the lids to your browbone.

5. Now it’s time for the darker color. Try to stay within the same color hue or at least color family so as not to run the risk of looking like you are performing as the next drag queen act. Make sure the color stays below the crease of your eyelid. Once the eye shadow is applied, blend it in starting at your lash line. It is important to blend the color into the lash line so the eye liner appears lighter.

6. Check out the paint job. Fix any mistakes or do a little more blending with a q-tip if necessary.

7. Finally apply several coats of mascara for the truly eye-popping look and voila, you have mastered the smokey eye look.

I love this look because you can really pull off having minimal makeup since no one will be able to look anywhere but your gorgeous dazzling eyes.

Happy Shopping!


~ an American girl in Paris ~


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