Smokey eyes are hella sexy and instantly add an allure to your look, but they aren’t always the most friendly for a workplace environment, school or just for everyday purposes. Most often than not, the reason why so many of us avoid a smokey eye during the day is because we’re applying way too much dark eyeshadow that it overpowers our face. However, with the right amount of black shadow, the look can transform you from drab to a sexy vixen without looking like you’re destined to be a go-go dancer.
So take that black eyeshadow out of hiding, because you’re going to learn how to use it properly. There will be no black-eyes on DF today. Only a “natural” (or light version) smokey eye. Just remember to go with a neutral lip to keep everything looking clean. Obviously if you want a little bit more sex appeal, you can always add a bold red lip to the combo to spice up the smokiness.
What you’ll need:
- Eyeshadow primer (optional)
- Matte white eyeshadow
- Medium brown eyeshadow
- Dark brown eyeshadow
- Black eyeshadow
- Shimmery cream eyeshadow
- Eyelash curler
- Flat shader brush
- Blending brush
- Eyeshadow brush (x2)
- Angled eyeliner brush
- Prep your eyelid.
Start off with a clean slate. You should put on primer on your eyes so it will last longer and not smudge.
- Cover the entire lid with a matte soft white eyeshadow.
In order to avoid the whole sex-diva wannabe vibe, avoid glitter/sparkles at all costs. If you don’t have a matte eyeshadow, a smooth opalescent sheen at most is as sparkly as you should go. Apply this color all over your eyelid as a base color.
- Apply a medium toned brown to your crease.
Take a brown eyeshadow that isn’t on the verge of dark chocolate (think milk chocolate here) and gently brush it into your crease. Go back and forth in windshield wiper motions so that everything is blended out and you’re not left with a harsh line.
- Apply a dark brown to the outer V of your eye.
Using a steady hand (you don’t want to over-apply!), gently draw a very thin V to the corner of your eye with a dark brown shade.
- Apply a black shade in a V-shape a little further in from the first one that you created.
Like the little spoon, apply the black eyeshadow inside of the brown dark chocolate V you just made. Apply a little bit more black than brown.
- Line your lashes.
Using a black eyeshadow and an angled brush, gently pat your lashes to line them. The point is to keep the lining as minimal as possible so as to only fill in the spaces between your lashes. Over-lining will leave you looking like a pin-up girl.
- Line your bottom lashes only 1/2 or 2/3 of the way in.
Avoid completely rimming your eyes with the liner. This will close up your eyes and make the look more suitable for a night out on the town. If you must, only go 2/3 of the way in.
- Gently pat a shimmery light shadow to the inner corner of your eye.
Another great tip to widening your eyes is to add a light eyeshadow to the inner corner.
- Curl your lashes.
We used the shu eumura eyelash curler.
- Apply 1 coat of mascara.
We’re not aiming to have furry spider legs for eyelashes here. Only apply 1 coat to keep it as natural as possible while still enhancing your peepers.
- Apply a little bit of mascara to your lower lashes.
Again, go easy on the application, unless you’re down for smudges.
- Et voila!
Your smokey eye look is complete. You’re now ready to take on the day with a come hither smokey eye look that doesn’t look like you belong on the streets!
How often do you rock out a smokey eye?
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