I love and adore wearing neutral shades – but sometimes, like in life, its good to break routine and try something new. In my case I chose to use colour for a different take on a smokey eye. So, if you’d like to see how I created this look then read on 😉
You should always prime your eyes, as I’ll be creating a bold look the last thing i want is to have any creasing with my shadows. As always I turn to my trusty combo of Shadow Insurance by Too Faced Cosmetics, with a thin layer of Soft Ochre Paint Pot by MAC Cosmetics. I then set it with Blanc Type shadow also by MAC Cosmetics. Taking my E35 Tapered Blending Brush by Sigma and the shade Soft Brown by MAC Cosmetics and blend that into and above my crease – this will be my transition colour.
Darkening up my crease by adding Texture from MAC Cosmetics using my E35 Blending Brush by Sigma and blending it until the Soft Brown and Texture blend seamlessly. You can repeat this as many times as you like depending on how dark you want it to be.
Here is where the fun begins… Taking the shadow Fig. 1 by MAC Cosmetics on my 217 Blending Brush again, by MAC Cosmetics I apply it in my outer V and into my crease and the inner corner of my eye creating what is known as the “halo effect”. So depending on how intense you want this colour to appear keep adding more of this shade and blending out till all the colours transition nicely.
As I want this to be a really dramatic look I take the colour Sketch by MAC Cosmetics and place it in the same place as where Fig. 1 is. however just a below it as I want to keep both colours. I use my E45 Tapered Blending Brush by Sigma for a more precise application.
For the star of this look I take my new, favourite pressed shadow by Colourpop – I Heart This and place it in the middle of my lid with my finger, blending it into inner and outer edges. As I want this to be an intense look I repeat this until Im happy with it.
Traditionally when I do a smokey eye i don’t usually do a winged liner, however i still like to line my lashes. Here I take Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet and line my lash line then taking my E06 Winged Liner Brush by Sigma and smudge out the liner.
Now you can either apply a couple coats of mascara and call it a day, or you can go a step further. As I want this to be a more intense look, I chose to apply some bold lashes so I went with “Ashley” by Flutter Lashes.
To finish off this look I apply my foundation – if you want to see how I do that click here. Then taking a combination of Fig. 1 and Sketch on my MAC Cosmetics 215 Medium Shader Brush and line my lower lash line – finishing it off with a couple of coats of mascara and… TA DAAAAAAAA!!!! You’re done!
Well I hope you liked this different take on a smokey eye. If you decide to try it let me know!
Till next time XOXO