What’s up guys! I’m back from a week-long trip to New York City and I’m exhausted, but I promised some folks on twitter that I’d do a simple smokey-eye picture tutorial, so here it is This is one of my favorite, super quick smokey-eye looks to do. It’s really pretty for a night out, or dinner with husbands/boyfriends/girlfriends/friendswithbenefits/whatever. I know it looks like a lot of steps, but I wanted to take as many potentially helpful photos as possible for my beginners out there. So let’s get started!
For this tutorial, I’m using my NARS 9947 palette. I’m using only three colors from this palette: Night Flight (lid), Surabaya (crease), and Kilimanjaro (highlight). These particular shadows are very pigmented, and you can easily overdo it, so please use a light hand.
I’ve already applied my moisturizer and foundation. Now it’s time to prime the eyelid. I’m using Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. This will prevent your eyeshadow from creasing and separating (if you have oily lids). If you don’t have oily lids and don’t have problems with your eyeshadow creasing, you can absolutely skip this step. Apply a small amount to the lid using the wand.
Blend the UDPP with your finger all over the lid and up to the browbone.
This is how it should look once you’re done:
If you see a super thick white cast when you’re done, you simply used way too much.
Take an eyeshadow brush (I’m using the MAC 239 shader brush) and pick up the color Night Flight. Tap off any excess from the brush so you minimize fall-out. Pat the color on the lower part of your entire lid. Stay below the crease!
It will look like this once you open your eye:
Take a firm yet fluffy blending brush (I’m using a MAC 217 blending brush) and pick up the color Surabaya on the tip of the brush, and blend that color into the crease on top of Night Flight.
See how it’s just kinda sitting on top and doesn’t quite look right? Use windshield-wiper (back and forth) motions until it’s blended nicely. Blending is what makes it seamless and less harsh.
See how it’s starting to come together? This is what we’re going for. What you don’t want to do is blend both shades together SO MUCH that they lose their identity and turn into just one color. You’re only blending the edges of both colors together so they connect into a smooth transition. Notice how you can still see the dark blue and the brown? Perfect. You shouldn’t have just a blob of dark blue or brown on your lid at this point, otherwise you’d look like you just have a black eye, and that’s no bueno.
Now our shadows are blended! We still have a few more things to do before this is finished.
Grab a fluffy blending brush (I’m using the MAC 224) and blend out the very top of the brown Surabaya shadow so there’s no harsh line. Make sure you use soft windshield-wiper motions for this, so you don’t take away too much color.
With the same brush used for Step 4, pick up a tiny bit of Kilimanjaro on the tip of the brush and apply to the browbone. You’re concentrating the Kilimanjaro to the browbone, but whatever is left you can softly blend on top of the Surabaya, just to meet those colors together so you don’t have any gaps.
Highlight is done!
We wanna darken up the upper lashline a tad, or at least I do. Take a pointy liner brush (I’m using the MAC 209) and draw a thin and opaque line using your favorite gel-liner across your entire lid. I’m using the new black gel-liner from Physicians Formula, which can be found at most drugstores. It’s awesome! It has a slight shimmer to it, you may or may not be able to see it, but it’s still a great gel-liner. Make sure you don’t wing this liner out too far, you’re only going from the tear-duct, to the outer corner of the eye.
Line your lower-lashline/waterline using your favorite black eyeliner. Connect the liner from the upper-lashline on the outside corner, to the lower lashline on the outside corner, so that there are no gaps. I used the new Milani Liquif’Eye pencil in black, and then set it with NYX black eyeshadow so that it wouldn’t run down my face all buckwild throughout the day. I used my MAC 219 pencil brush to pick up the black eyeshadow and pat it on top of the black pencil and softly smudged it across my entire lower-lashline.
Do the mascara thang. I’m using Lancome Hypnose mascara. Use whatever you have. Apply 2 coats, more or less if you’d prefer. I like to apply mascara to my upper and lower lashes, but do whatever you’re more comfortable with.
At this point you’re done with the eyes, so add your favorite blush, bronzer, and lip color and we’re done! I used NARS’ Taj Mahal blush, Facefront’s Fully Baked bronzer, and MAC’s Siss lipstick with Gold Dust lipglass on top. Because this wasn’t a full face tutorial, I’ll just focus on the eyes.
- Revlon Colorstay foundation in Caramel 400
- FaceFront Cosmetics Half Baked Bronzer
- NARS Taj Mahal blush
- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- NARS Night Flight e/s
- NARS Surabaya e/s
- NARS Kilimanjaro e/s
- Physicians Formula black gel-liner
- Milani Liquif’Eye black e/l
- Lancome Hypnose Mascara
- NYX lip liner in brown
- MAC Siss lipstick
- MAC Gold Dust lipglass
For those of you who don’t have the colors that I used, please do not worry. There are so many makeup companies who make similar colors and hell, you could use different ones — totally different and less expensive ones. Use what you have. This was just to show you the technique of how to achieve one of MANY smokey-eye looks.
As always, I’m here for you, so if you have any questions leave them below and I’ll try my best to answer them for you