I get asked about the how-to’s of the smokey eye more than anything, and the simple truth is that it’s all about blending, using the right products, and creating the perfect eye shape for your face. There are many ways to achieve a smokey eye, and the classic way uses many products and powders. However this technique can leave a rookie frustrated, and quite frankly, in a bit of a mess!
I have a trick that will not only eliminate the mess, but also makes this classic quick and versatile.
- Start with a clean base. Use your foundation in the ‘T’ area of your face blending outwards, and be sure to cover your eyelids. Creating an even canvas to work on is key to a flawless professional finish.
- Apply translucent, or a sheer powder to the T zone to set your foundation, once again also setting the eye area.
- Using the warmth of your hands, gently press the powder in to your skin. This is trick helps the skin to appear naturally flawless, rather than powdered and ‘made-up’.
- Curl your lashes using a good eyelash curler such MAC, Shu Uemura or Kevyn Aucoin. A good eyelash curler makes all the difference!
- Next – the trick of a clean smokey eye. Use a cream shadow and apply with a make up brush from the base of the lashes to the top of your lid – the bony area just were your eye socket ends. Play with colour here, think navy blue, warm browns, violet, emerald green, or black for a classic look.
- Take a blending brush (MAC #217 is perfect!) and literally blend the shadow around the edges. At this point you can create any shape you like and they key is to blend, blend, blend.
- When using a cream eye shadow work on one eye at a time to avoid having the cream set before you have blended.
- If you feel you have made mistakes or are not happy with the shape, simply take a clean sponge and wipe away excess. Then use your blending brush and buff away any sharp edges.
- Apply another layer of cream shadow or eyeliner if necessary to turn up the intensity after blending
- Finish with lashings of mascara, a touch of blush and lip-gloss, and your favourite dress!
It really is that simple!
Play around with this technique and you will discover your blending skills are what will make all the difference.
Depending on the cream you use, you can either leave it as it, or apply a similar shade of powder eye shadow over the top to set and create longevity.
Creams I have found to work best and wear the longest are Chanel Illusion D’ombres, MAC cream eyeshadows, and Shiseido shimmering cream eye colour.