THUNDER THIGHS AND SMOKEY EYES…
- August 01, 2017
I usually sport a bold lip colour. So I tend to keep my eye makeup fairly simple. However, I decided to go for a smokey eye this time. The thing with smokey eyes is that everybody just assumes that the only time you can try this style of makeup is if you’re going out at night. NOOOOOOOOOOOO. First things first, smokey-eye makeup doesn’t mean that you smear your eyes with black eye shadow and call it a day. You can have different types of smokey eyes.
For a fresh “day” look, the best colours to go for are shades of brown or maybe pink (if you’re feeling brave). I went with brown essentially because my eyes are dark brown and TINY. Plus, it looks pretty natural and it’s a very good place to start if you’re not very confident with eye makeup. For any basic smokey-eye look you’ll need at least 4 different shades of eye-shadow – the base colour (which is a matte brown in this case), a shade at least 2 tones darker than the base, a super duper light colour (preferably 3-5 shades lighter than your skin-tone) and finally, black.
First, take the base shade and fill in your eyelids (feel free to go beyond the lids up to right below your brow bone if they’re tiny like mine). Then start at the outer corner of your eyes and apply the darker shade on a third of your eyes. Take the blending brush and you blend blend blend. If you feel that the darker shade isn’t noticeable enough, apply some more and blend blend blend. Never apply too much at once. ALWAYS build the colour. Once you’re happy with the browns, take the tiniest amount of black eyeshadow on your applicator and apply it JUST AT THE OUTER CORNER OF YOUR EYES. And blend blend blend again. It might take more than one application for the black to pop (depending on the quality of your eyeshadow). But do not apply too much at once because once the black takes over, you’ll be in a looooot of trouble. Then take the black eyeshadow and colour along your lower lash line but only 2/3rd of the way. And we blend blend blend again. Okay, two more steps to go. I PROMISE. Okay no I lied. Five more steps. 🙂 Use your blending brush and apply the dark brown shadow over the black shadow along your lower lashline (with very light and soft strokes). This gives the soft and smokey effect. Once you’re happy with the result, take the lightest shade and draw a moderately thin line under your eyebrow (just under the arch/on the brow bone) and one final time…blend blend blend. I’m sure you’re familiar with the next step. Apply the liner (you can try a wing but a simple base line will work just fine). I used a black liner, but you can try a dark brown or even a dark grey liner if you want to. Finally, apply the super-light shadow you applied under the brows, on the inner corner of your eyes for a pretty shine and the illusion of brighter and bigger eyes.
Finish the look with lots of mascara. If you put this much effort into making your eyes look pretty and then leave the house without applying mascara, I will hunt you down and I will kick your butt. Kay? 🙂
Since my eyes are clearly the prime focus, I kept it pretty clean and basic with the rest of my makeup (BUFFFFEEERRSS). I went for a shimmering dusk-rose shade for the blusher and applied it to just the apples of my cheeks for a fresh glow.
With my lips, I actually traded in my usually bold colours for a soft and almost nude shade of pink. It had a slightly shimmery base, to match the blusher and my flower crown. You can always pair a brown smokey eye with a deep red or a deep pink lipstick but I just felt that my outfit was quirky enough with the leather skirt and the choker and the wreath. I did not need the added element of a super bright pout. This felt like a more appropriate day-look. If you have plans for the evening and don’t think you’ll have the time to reapply your makeup, this look can easily transform from day to night through a simple change in lip colour. Exchange the soft pink for a deep magenta or even a bright red and it’s a flawless night-out look too!!
I traded in my green curls for a much more grunge blue-purple shade and let my hair dry naturally to get soft beachy-waves, which is my natural hair texture…on good days anyway. The best way to pull off such a high-maintenance look is to leave your hair just the way it is.
Trust me when I say that your natural hair texture is fucking beautiful and will always bring out your best features. Just make sure you love it and care for it well. Go for the quirkiest hair colours you can think off. Just remember to always oil your hair and condition it well (the only reason I still have any hair left on my head despite my shenanigans is that I oil it regularly).
Well, that’s all for today. I hope the article helps you nail your smokey-eye look. I am currently trying to start my vlog and will be posting tutorial videos soon. Do keep a look out for them!! See you next week!
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