My older sister Grace was heading off to a wedding this morning and needed me to do her make-up. I was more than happy as I hadn't ever done her make-up before and it gave me a chance to test out my new Crown blending brushes (which were amazing! Review soon).
Grace has blue eyes like myself so usually I would have suggested going with a gold smokey eye to enhance the blue, but she was planning on wearing a grey/silver coloured dress with wine coloured shoes so wanted a slightly pink toned smokey eye. The shades I had in mind were all from my Urban Decay Naked palette, as lately I have been opting for the same colours for myself, however Grace pulled out her Naked 2 palette so I had a chance to play around and start mixing the two.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Unfortunately in the pictures, the colours aren't as vibrant but in person it looked slightly more dramatic. I know a lot of people have asked me to do a tutorial on different smokey eyes and I REALLY want to but I'm afraid I won't be able to explain the different steps clearly. I might consider making YouTube videos just so as you can all see me "in action" because I know its easier to watch a tutorial than read one. Let me know if you think it's a good idea!
I'll run through a list of the products and different shades I used to create this look and attempt to explain where each shade goes. The key to a good smokey eye is the blending, as we don't want any harsh lines, so I really recommend picking up a decent blending brush. I feel it makes a considerable difference and it does the job quicker. I'm not a make-up artist and have no qualifications at all so I'm not saying this is a perfect way of achieving the "smokey eyed" look but sure, it does a graaaand job. I think!
- I started with the eyes as I knew there would be a fair amount of fallout and there is nothing more annoying than having to wipe the under eye area clean and then having to apply concealer and foundation all over again.
- I applied Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid to make sure the eyeshadow stayed in place all day.
- I then applied a tiny bit of concealer over the top to blank out any discolouration on the eyelid.
|T-B: C139, C441, UD Flat shadow, RealTechniques Accent brush.|
- Over that, I went in with the shade Sin, a pearly pink colour from the Original Palette and put it all over the lid, making sure not to bring it up onto the crease.
- Next I took my Crown C441 brush, with the shade Naked, a matte medium brown and blended it into the crease to lightly contour the eye and blend the above colour.
- I took my Urban Decay flat shadow brush and applied Toasted a deeper pink/wine shade, onto the outer corners of the eye, blending it up slightly to create a "winged out effect". You may need to go over this shade a few times to build up the darkness.
- Again, with the C441 brush and a tiny bit of Naked, I blended away any harsh lines.
- I then took the shade Busted, a plum/purple colour from the Naked 2 palette on my C139 brush (which is smaller and slightly stiffer than the one previously mentioned) and brought the shade into the socket and really lightly contoured the crease. This is the darkest of all shades used, I thought it was an interesting pop of colour. This step is optional and annoyingly isn't even visible in the pictures!?
- Yet again, with the C441 brush and a tiny bit of Naked, I blended away any harsh lines. This really does help create a gradient effect from the eyelid up to the brow bone.
|L-R: Foxy, Half-Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout|
- Using my UD flat brush I placed the shade YDK, a bronzed pink colour, from Naked 2 on the centre of the lid blending in towards the outer corner, to add a bit of glitter. I found this and Sidecar from the Original palette to be quite similar so either one would do.
|L-R: Venus, Foxy, WOS, Naked 2, Faint, Crave|
- To highlight the inner corners of the eye I placed Venus, a pearly shade from the Naked Basics Palette around the tearduct area, and then applied a tiny bit under the brow to highlight the brow bone. I used my Real Techniques Accent brush to do this as it is really tiny and perfect for adding small detail.
|L-R: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half-baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal|
- The black shadow was brought lightly onto the outer corners of the lower lash line and then blended in using Faint, a medium to dark matte brown from the Basics palette.
- Grace popped on some mascara (she used They're Real by Benefit) while i defined her brows lightly using the Catrice brow box and the eyes were complete!
|Smashbox Primer, Benefit Porefessional, L'oreal Moisturizer|
- She applied some of my L'oreal Skin Perfection moisturizer to her face and when that had dried I used Smashbox Photo Finish Primer to give a smooth base and to make sure her make-up lasted all day, and all night. Normally, Grace would have used Benefit Porefessional which would have done the same job.
|Benefit Dandelion & Hoola|
- I applied Revlon Colourstay Foundation, with Collection concealer to conceal any light imperfections and also to conceal under the eye. This concealer was a few shades lighter than the foundation so actually acted as a bit of a highlighter too. Next, I went in with Benefit Hoola bronzer to sculpt her face and Benefit Dandelion blusher to add some colour back into her cheeks. I used a tiny dab of Benefit Highbeam to make her cheekbones stand out.
- The lipstick Grace used was a L'oreal Riche in the shade "500 Arden Sunset" mixed with a Topshop shade which i think was either "Satin" or "Show Off" to create the red/wine lip to match her shoes. I thought it really complimented her eyes and brought the whole look together.
|T-B: L'oreal liquid liner, Revlon Colourstay, UD Primer, RT Crease brush, Collection concealer, RT Buffing brush|
And there you go! My awful attempt at a tutorial... If anyone could actually follow that without getting bored and learned something please do let me know because I will be happily surprised!