Different ways to do smokeys eyes-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
WHEN we hear the term smokey eyes, we often think of the smokey black or charcoal look. Many women are fans of the smokey eye for the sultry look it lends, ranging from glam to rock. It’s probably the eye look I get asked about the most. Although the classic smokey eye is a sought-after look, it may be too dramatic for everyday. Here are a few ideas for smokey looks for both day and night.
Daytime Smokey Eye
Pick a shimmery bronze or taupe eyeshadow several shades darker than your skin tone. Simply pat all over the lid and blend slightly above the crease, then also run it on lower lash lines.
Simple Smokey EyeThis is the quickest way to do a night time smokey eye. Use a dense eyeshadow brush to pat on a dark shadow evenly all over the eyelid. Also smudge this color along the lower lash line. Then use a fluffier eyeshadow brush to blend a brown shadow, bronzer or even gold highlighter on the crease. Mila Kunis likes to do different versions of this softer, but still sultry, smokey eye.
Dark Smokey Eye
To deepen a simple smokey eye, apply a base first to intensify the color. Smudge a creamy black eyeliner or a dark eye base on the lids. Do the steps for the simple smokey eye. Add an even darker shadow in the same color family as the lid shadow on the crease. Apply a charcoal or black eyeshadow on the outer V. For a more dramatic look, take it further out for a winged shape. Use small feathering or circular motions to blend it in towards the middle of the eye. This is Kim Kardashian’s go-to smokey eye look.
Colorful Smokey Eye
Want the smokey effect, but think black or gray are too heavy? Use some color for a smokey eye. Kristen Stewart always sports smokey looks, but sometimes wears it with navy or cranberry eyeshadow. Do the steps for the simple or dark smokey eye, but use a dark colored shadow on the lid. Also use it on the lower lash lines, before going over it with eyeliner or a darker shadow on top.
Tips for any smokey eye look:
• Apply primer first, so that deep colors have something to stick to.
• The key is to blend any harsh edges so that the look is soft, not stamped on. It’s best to have one brush for applying color, and another for blending.
• To avoid dragging down the eye by applying dark color too low on the outer corner, imagine a line from the outer corner of the eye up to the tip of the eyebrow. Color should not drag too far down from here. Take color up and out, not downwards, for a strong, slanted look.
• Don’t forget to highlight the brow bones and inner corners of the eyes to bring some light to those areas.• Eyeliner and lots of mascara are essential to smokey looks.
These give definition and help open up the eye, which may look tired or sleepy with dark eyeshadow.
• Eyeshadow fallout may happen. Do not try to wipe this off with fingers, as you will end up getting dark undereyes. Clean up by dusting it off with a fan brush, or go over it with foundation in a sweeping motion from the inner corner of the eye going out and up. For major fallout issues, use a cotton bud with makeup remover, then do foundation and concealer as usual.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 18, 2013.