Truth: I feel totally uncomfortable with a SMOKEY EYE! Do you? I decided to push myself lately and to explore makeup even more than I have been. To my defense, I do feel like I explore a lot of makeup everyday in my freelance job, but when it comes to my personal look I don’t venture out too much! One of my best friends so kindly pointed this out to me, and it was a great “AH-HA” moment for me.
I love a good smokey eye, don’t get me wrong, and I love doing them on other people, but for some reason I totally don’t feel like myself with it…! SO, I challenged myself and made it happen. I literally started digging around my apartment to find the best products to get me that smoldering look. I came across some gorgeous palettes from Hourglass Cosmetics that I have been holding onto and not using….for the weird reason that they are so pretty that I didn’t want to ruin them. Yes, I admit it! Do you ever do that with certain makeup or palettes? These each look like a piece of art, and I just didn’t have the nerve to ruin them, of course until now!
I pulled out the palettes and got to work. HOT TIP: if you are planning on wearing a smokey eye, start with your eye makeup first and then finish with the rest of your foundation, concealer, etc afterwards. Otherwise you will get your skin perfect, and make a beautiful eyeshadow mess all over your face that you will have to clean up. Trust me, even with the best eyeshadows and brushes it is bound to happen. So save yourself the time and the energy!
When you are creating a smokey eye, think of it like a sunset on your eyelid. I like to go about it this way: first choose your “color tone” of what you want your eyeshadow to be….whether its golden browns, charcoal grays, deep plums, dark navy, or a khaki green. Once you have that decided it’s all about the layering to achieve the perfect eye. You want the darkest shadow colors right at the base of your lash line, and then naturally it should ombre up to lighter colors in the same tone family all the way up to your brow bone.
Once you’ve got your shadows on and blended, grab a dark eyeliner. I chose one of my favorites, that is also from Hourglass. It’s called the 1.5mm mechanical gel eyeliner. I love how small it is because you can really work it into the base of your eyelashes. I lined my upper lash line and winged the outer corner, to make my eye turn up. I then grabbed a small blending brush and smudged the liner so there were no hard lines. I especially love using this eyeliner to line the waterlines, and did so both on the upper and lower lash line. This is SO IMPORTANT. If you don’t do this step, the smokey eye tends to look unfinished and a little bit off. I love that this eyeliner dries down and really stays. Some eyeliners tend to slip off and won’t hold a nice dark color, but that’s no problem with this one!
Once the eyeliner is complete, add your favorite mascara of choice (top and bottom) and make sure to do at least 2 coats. For the rest of the look, take it easy and keep it fresh and natural so that the focus stays on the eye, and you don’t go out of the house looking like you have 2 lbs of makeup on. I used a nice neutral cheek and lip color to keep it bright and fresh. What do you think?! It’s not my usual, but it is nice to switch it up, and I would save it more for a night event.
The main point (and a huge lesson for me) is not to be afraid to try new things, and to step out of your comfort zone. Worst case scenario: it’s just makeup, and you can wash it off and start over again or go to your usual look. Makeup is meant to be fun and experimental, and I am going to be working on bringing more of that to you guys! The best part is that there is still a way to make it pretty and fresh. I think these palettes are a great way to get a lot of different eyeshadow looks in just one compact, and they are just so damn beautiful to look at. (and yes, I will start using mine and stop hoarding it for makeup art!) xx