Friday, October 09, 2015

Day to Night Smoky Eye Tutorial: Part I

Contrary to popular belief, a smoky eye doesn't always call for black eyeshadow and sharp winged liner. Don't get me wrong, I love me a dramatic cat eye, but that's not to say you can't rock a smoky eye during the daytime. You totally can, by following the steps below:

1. With a small concealer brush or your finger, apply an eyeshadow primer all over your eyelids and up to the eyebrows, too. The primer will neutralize any discoloration on your lid, prevent your shadows from creasing, and enhance their pigmentation. It'll also help prevent shadow fallout onto the under eye area. With a flat eyeshadow brush, set the primer with a light eyeshadow close to the shade of your natural skin tone.

2. Using a small tapered blending brush, apply a neutral brown eyeshadow into the crease of your eye, depositing most of the product on the outer corner first, and then blend inward with gentle windshield wiper motions. This will serve to enhance the natural shadow of your crease and create slight depth and dimension.

3. Using the same blending brush, apply a medium brown shade to the outer corner in a "V" shape and drag slightly inward.

4. With a small angled brush, pick up a dark brown shadow and line both top and lower lash lines, stopping about half way across the eye (Note: You can use a brown or black kohl eyeliner here, but I prefer the soft, diffused effect the eyeshadow creates). Carry the shadow up at an angle from the lower lash line to meet the "V" shape you created in the last step.

5. Taking the medium brown eyeshadow and blending brush used in Step 3, blend out the lines you just created, especially in the outer corner.

6. Blend, blend, blend. Tip: Move the brush in tiny circular motions to blend, but keep your movements controlled so the dark shadows stay in the same general area and you don't end up with dreaded raccoon eyes.

7. Sweep the neutral brown shadow in Step 2 along the inner half of the lower lash line to tie everything together.

8. Apply the light shadow used in Step 1 in the inner corner of the eye and below the brow. This will balance out the smokiness and bring some light back to the eyes.

9. Curl your lashes and apply mascara.


Watch out for Part II next Friday to learn how to transition this look into a nighttime smoky eye!

xo  Sc

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