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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

15 STEPS FOR THE PERFECT SMOKY EYE MAKE UP!!



1. TRY IT AHEAD OF TIME



If you plan to wear your hot new smoky eye look to a special event, it’s important to practice ahead of time. This will allow you to perfect your technique and even choose exactly the right color shadows and liners before you feel pressured for time, right before the big event. Practice makes perfect, after all.


2. GATHER THE RIGHT TOOLS



Before you start on your smoky eyes, gather all of the make-up and tools you’ll need. Grab two or three small shadow brushes, as well as a few cotton swabs. You’re ready to go!


3. START WITH A CLEAN “CANVAS”



Before you start on your smoky eye look, be sure to remove all other eye make-up. After all, when you’re creating a masterpiece, you need a fresh canvas, right?


4. DON’T NEGLECT YOUR BROWS



Before you start applying make-up, make sure your brows are tweezed and shaped. You’ll look more polished and your make-up will apply easier, trust me. Plus, if you wait til after your make-up is on, you risk smudging it by tweezing stray hairs.


5. USE THE RIGHT COLORS



The most glam smoky eye looks include colors beyond grey and black, colors that make your own eye color pop. For green eyes, use deep purples. For blue eyes, use brows. For brows eye, use blues. Gorgeous!


6. EXPERIMENT WITH BRANDS



If you can’t find the exact shade of eye shadow or liner you want, break away from your usual brand and try something new. I recommend MAC — they have so many hues, there’s bound to be one or three for you!


7. USE A GOOD PRIMER



To even out your lid tone and give you a good base to start yoursmoky eye look, use a good primer.


8. USE CONCEALER



Below your eyes, use your everyday concealer to hide dark circles and even out your skin tone. You want everyone to notice your sultry, smoky eyes, not the dark circles underneath them, so be sure to use concealer before you begin.


9. LINE YOUR EYES

Now on to the make-up! Step one is to line your eyes with a dark pencil liner. Apply the liner as close to your lash line as possible on the upper lid, then smudge it so the line is feathery, not heavy-looking or clumpy.


10. APPLY SHADOW



Now it’s time to shadow. Use a dark hue on top of your liner, and cover your entire lid, all the way across from the inside (closest to your nose) to the outside (angled in a line to meet your brow). Again, apply with a light hand. Now use a lighter hue to highlight a spot in the center of your lid, and brush it lightly along your lower lash line. For more drama, add the darker shade along your lower lash line, too, with a very light hand.


11. LAYERING IS KEY



When applying shadow, it’s important to use layers, rather than applying a thick layer all at once. The light layering will provide dimension and depth to your smoky eye look, and won’t look cheap or hurried.


12. APPLY MASCARA



Next, apply two or three coats of mascara, either black or brown-black, depending on the palette of liner and shadows you’ve used. Allow your layers of mascara to dry between coats, or it may look clumpy. 


13. ADD FALSE LASHES FOR EXTRA SMOKY EYE GLAM



If you want a little extra smoky eye glam, apply false lashes before you start the primer and concealer. Give the adhesive plenty of time to dry before you start working on your eyes.


14. CLEAN UP



Once you’re done with liner, shadow, and mascara, use the clean cotton swabs to remove any accidental smears or smudges on your face… you’ll be surprised where your shadow ends up! If necessary, dab on a little more concealer.


15. AVOID OVER-DOING THE DRAMA



Once your smoky eyes are complete, your face is almost done. Avoid using dramatic blush or bronzer, and stay away from bright lips. Go for something more muted, like nude lips or a pale pink gloss… you don’t want anything distracting from your gorgeous smoky eyes!