The smokey eye doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. It’s been around for some years now and it’s still popular! It’s perfect for a night out on the town, even a fancy event and it looks great on young and mature skin alike. But it can be quite tricky to achieve this look, because it takes some time to master the technique. Not to worry, you’re in luck! Today we will share with you 10 great tips you need to know in order to create the perfect smokey eye makeup. Before you start putting together your kit, take a look at some of the essential makeup brushes you need for any makeup look.
10. Prep the Eyelid
In order for the eye shadow to last you an entire evening, you will need to prep the eyelid. You can do that by using a primer such as the e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer. The eye shadow will last longer, it will not gather in the crease and you’ll look fabulous all night long. If you don’t want to invest in an eye primer, then simply swipe your eyelid with a clean and dry cotton pad, to make sure it’s not oily.
9. Never a Straight Line
No matter what you do, make sure you never leave a line on your eyelids. The smokey eye should be smoldering, blended and faded. It shouldn’t have any straight lines that aren’t blended into oblivion. Take a look in the mirror before you leave the house and make sure the eyes are right.
A bit of highlighter makes all the difference in the world. Take a small brush and simply swipe it on your powder highlighter. Add a bit of light on your brow bone, in the inner corner of the eyes and on top of your eye shadow. The highlighter in the inner corner of the eye will make your eye pop and look rested.
7. Use Two Coats of Mascara
Use at least two coats of mascara when going for the smokey eye makeup. This look is a bold look, so go big or go home. You can even apply as much as four coats of makeup, but if you do that, make sure you’re using a good mascara, you wouldn’t want clumpy eyelashes that flake, would you?
6. Use a Good Eye Shadow Brush
A good eye shadow brush is going to apply the eye shadow perfectly. Just the right amount of product in all the right places. If you’re going to buy one makeup brush, then this should be it. using those sponge things that come with your eye shadow palettes should be banned by law. MAC makes amazing brushes!
5. Use an Amazing Blending Brush
A smokey eye makeup cannot be made without the use of an amazing blending brush. It’s all in the brush to create this look! It’s all about the blending and the fading of colors. A really great blending brush is the MAC 217, so if you want to master the smokey eye look, then you should get this brush now.
4. Use Quality Products
It’s try that even cheap products can create a great smokey eye, but it’s not going to last as much as it would if you use good quality products. Keep in mind that even it a Chanel palettes costs around $50, it is going to last you for at least a year if you use it extensively. If you don’t, it’s going to probably expire before you use it up.
3. Take a Step Back and Check
Check in the mirror as you go. Add a bit of color and take a step back and check it. Add a bit of highlighter and then check again. Constantly check yourself in the mirror, because once you go overboard, the turning back is not a pretty thing to do. You’d have to take all the makeup off, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
2. Start Small and Build Up
Don’t apply too much color all at once, you won’t know what to do with it all and most likely a lot of it will fall on your skin. For this reason, when doing smokey eye makeup, you should first do the eyes and after they’re do start working on your foundation and concealing.
1. Blend, Blend, Blend
This is the secret to a great smokey eye look: blending. You cannot achieve a smokey eye if you don’t blend like a madman. When you look at yourself in the mirror, thinking you’ve blended enough, keep blending a little longer, because most likely, your eye shadow still needs a bit of blending!
Do you like a smokey eye makeup? Are you going to use any of our tips? Share with us your techniques for creating the perfect smokey eye, we love hearing from our readers!