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Smokey Blue with a Pop of Gold

I bought some blue eyeshadows from MAC a few weeks ago and I’ve been wanting to use them in a look. The colours I bought are pictured below. They are (clockwise from top left): Tilt, Prussian, Contrast and Deep Truth. They’re all really beautiful shades and I especially love Contrast and Deep Truth because they’re such rich shades.

I tried a few blue smokey eye looks but there was just too much blue so they all became unwearable, at least for me. I decided to try adding a golden honey shade to the centre of my lid to break up all the blue and this is the look I came up with. This is a different way of doing a smokey eye than what I’m used to but I think it’s a good way to make unwearble shades more wearable.

Here’s what I used:

MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot all over the eye from lid to brow bone
Too Faced Velvet Revolver eye shadow all over the eye from lid to brow bone
MAC Prussian eye shadow on inner and outer third of lid
MAC Deep Truth and Contrast eye shadows on inner and outer third of lid
Too Faced Honey Pot eye shadow on centre of lid
MAC Tilt eye shadow blended around the edges of the gold colour
MAC Soft Brown eye shadow to blend out the crease
Shisedio ‘The Makeup’ fine eyeliner to line top lashline
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on eye pencil in Binge on the water line
Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara on top and bottom lashesI also applied eye shadow to my bottom lashline and followed the pattern that was on the lid. I used a mixture of the three dark blue shadows on both ends of the lashline, then I used Tilt eyeshadow next to these and Honey Pot eye shadow on the centre of the bottom lash line.

The Wedding Guest: Smokey and Sultry

The next look for my wedding guest makeup posts is a smokey eye that isn’t too dark. I don’t like my smokey eye’s to be too heavy and dark so I always go for an option like this where the start of the lid is relatively light. The colour on the outer third of the lid and in the crease is actually a dark blue but it tends to take on the colour of whatever it’s used with so here it’s become quite grey.

What I used:

MAC Studio Finish Concealer all over the eye from lid to brow bone
NYX Iced Coffee Jumbo eye pencil all over the lid just up to the crease
MAC Smoke and Diamonds eye shadow all over the lid just up to the crease
MAC Prussian eye shadow on outer third of the lid and into the crease and on the bottom lashline
MAC Print eye shadow to darken the outer v
MAC Electra eye shadow as an inner corner highlight
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on eye pencil in Oil Slick on the water line and bottom lashline as a base for the Prussian eyeshadow
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline to line top lash line
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion mascara on top and bottom lashes
Ardell Wispies false lashes cut in half and applied only to the outer half of the lid.

I usually use a full set of false lashes when going for a smokey eye but I feel like the Ardell Wispies are a little too dramatic for my taste as a full strip so I cut them in half. I apply one of the half lashes to each of my lids just on the outer part of the lid so it elongates my eye.

Gold Glitter New Years Smokey eyes

I was planning on doing a silver based eye look for New Years eve but once my MAC 3D gold glitter sample and Sugarpill Goldilux loose shadow arrived of course I had to use them instead. I decided to use them in a gold smokey eye look which I usually stay away from. I love black and gold together but on the eyes I think they can easily turn tacky but it was New Years so I thought I’de give it a go.

Here’s the result:

For the look I used:
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42 all over the lid
MAC Indianwood paint pot all over the lid and up to the crease
Sugarpill loose eyeshadow in Goldilux applied wet (using MAC Fix+ sprayed on a brush) all over the lid and up to the crease
Inglot matte black eyeshadow (the most pigmented black shadow I’ve ever used hands down!) applied on outer v and slightly into the crease
MAC Soba eyeshadow to blend out the crease
MAC Solar White eyeshadow as an inner corner highlight
MAC 3D Gold glitter applied wet on top of the Goldilux.
Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil in Corrupt on bottom lashline
Rimmel Exaggerate liquid liner to line top lashline
Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara on top and bottom lashes

This was a fun look to do but I think had an allergic reaction to the Sugarpill loose shadow in Goldilux and my eyelids were puffy and itchy by the end of the night 😦

This last picture is blurry but it captures the shimmer and reflective qualities of the eyeshadows really well. Hope you like the look.

Navy Smokey Eyes

I was looking for inspiration for holiday looks when I came across this promotional image from Bobbi Brown’s 2009 Holiday collection. I remembered how much I loved this look when I first saw it last year and it’s such a classic look that you could wear it any time of the year. The collection that this picture was from leans heavily on glittery/shimmery eyes which you can’t see in the photo because it has been photoshopped so heavily. I actually prefer the way the photoshopped image looks because the lack of glitter makes it look much cleaner than the original look which I’ve seen from watching Bobbi’s video on this collection.

The look is basically a steel grey/blue smokey eye but the bottom lashline is kept free of shadow or has minimal shadow so all the darkness and smokiness is concentrated on the lid. The tear duct is also very highlighted and light to open up the eyes and the shadow is blended out into a wing shape to elongate the eyes. Bobbi also uses her signature way of applying concealer and you can see that the area under the eyes and around the centre of the face is at least one or two shades lighter than the rest of the face.

The colour used on the lips was this gorgeous silvery gloss that was limited edition with the collection but any nude gloss would work well. I would probably stay away from anything too warm though as this look is quite cool toned. A beige with more brown than peach would work well or a pink nude without too much red in it. I think the strong brows are a must as they really frame the eyes and keep the focus on them.

Here are some pictures of my interpretation of the look. I didn’t own any dark blue shadows but I did have a Loreal Hip powder kohl eyeliner in Navy blue which I thought would work great as a shadow. The look that I did still has some shimmeriness to it but it isn’t as much as in the original Bobbi look. The blue shadow isn’t pulled up as high to the browbone as it is in the Bobbi look but that’s just personal preference.

I don’t know if it’s because I used a kohl liner as my shadow but I reall struggled to get my black liner to show up. I tried my MAC gel liner and a liquid liner but they just looked washed out and lacked any real intenisty. The liner ended up getting a bit thick because I keptr trying to make it darker but considering it’s smokey eye I don’t think a thick line hurts the look.

Here’s what I used:
MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot as base from lid to browbone
Loreal HIP Navy Kohl Liner used as eyeshadow applied on lid up to the crease and then winged out
MAC Print eyeshadow to darken outer V
MAC Wedge eyeshadow to blend out edges
MAC Bamboo as a highlight on brow bone
MAC Knight Divine on first third of lid
MAC Forgery eyeshadow around tear duct
Benefit Sparkling eye powder in Merengue around tear duct
MAC Blacktrack fluidline to line top lashline
Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara
NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Milk applied to waterline

I think lashes are a definite must for this look and I used half lashes for the pictures but I would recommend a full set of lashes because I think that it looks more sultry and glamorous. If you’re doing a light coloured eye or a pin up eye then half lashes look great because it just gives you that naturally full and long lashes look but smokey eyes need full lashes so they don’t get lost amongst the dark colours.

Here’s a variation of the look that I tried (and wasn’t happy with) from a few days ago. I used full lashes in this picture and I think it looks much better than then half lashes.

I am in love with this look if you couldn’t tell and I think blue is such a nice alternative to black and grey for a smokey eye. I can see this kind of look working really well with a dark purple or a smokey green as well so give it a go!

Silver Smokey Eyes

New Years Eve just screams silver and glitter to me which is why I thought that a silvery glittery smokey eye would be perfect. The problem is that as much as I love the look of silver eye makeup I feel like I can’t pull it off due to how warm my skin tone is because alot of silver eyeshadows have a very cool blue base. I’ve found that the only way to make colours that don’t usually work for me is to use them with colours that do which is why I mixed the silver eyeshadows with black and a warm brown in the crease.

This look consisted of a lot of layering but to be honest you could easily skip a few steps! I just used some products that I have pretty much ignored since I purchased them. What I used in order

  • Dermablend Cover Creme in Caramel Beige all over the lid and under my eye
  • MAC Blackground Paint Pot (black with silver micro glitter) as an intital base over my lid and just up to the crease
  • NYX Jumbo pencil in Cottage Cheese (off white) around tear duct
  • NYX JUmbo Pencil in pots and pans (silver) on inner third of lid
  • NYX Jumbo pencil in Slate (gunmetal grey) on middle third of lid
  • NYX jumbo pencil in Black Bean (black) on outer third of lid
  • MAC Electra (silver) on inner third of lid
  • MAC Knight Eyeshadow (Gunmetal grey) on middle third of lid
  • MAC Print Eyeshadow (Dark grey matte) on Outer third of lid
  • MAC Black Tied eyeshadow (black with silver glitter) to darken outer v and into the crease
  • MAC Saddle (reddish brown) to blend out the edges
  • Benefit Spakling eye powder in Merengue (a frosty white) applied wet using Fix+ on a brush
  • MAC Liquid Last liner in point black to line top lash line
  • Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara on top and bottom lashes
  • MAC Fascinating eye kohl (White) on water line
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on liner in oil slick (a gunmetal grey with silver glitter) along bottom lashline
  • Modelista silver glitter liquid liner applied around tear duct and slightly to the centre of the lid.

This look was super glittery seeing as I used a glittery base, some glitter shadow, glitter pencil liner and glitter liquid liner. It’s one of those looks that I would only wear to something like New Years, a costume party or out clubbing if I was wearing all black (and I was 8 years younger). I couldn’t capture the glitter on camera properly but it’s applied all over the white shadow around my tear duct and it completely highlights your eyes. I’ve got bangs so the glitter peeks through and looks really pretty and it surprised me how much I liked the look.

The look can easily be toned down by taking away the glitter and using more matte or satin finish shadows and by toning down the intensity of the highlight around the tear duct. On the other hand, it can also easily be amped up by adding some long false lashes and applying more black liner along the bottom lashline and along the waterline. I quite like the look with the white liner on the waterline and I think it gives it a bit of a retro feel that you could play up by using false lashes on the bottom lash line and by intensifying the white liner. Hope you guys like the look!

Smokey Eye 101: a how to for beginners.

It has literally taken me years to get to a stage where I feel like I can pull off a smokey eye look. I’ll admit that I didn’t try very hard to pull one off until this year but my point is that it’s a look that I’ve always struggled with! After talking to a few people and reading comments on blogs I’ve realised that I’m not the only one and that this look seems to be really elusive to a lot of people. The most common comment I see (and one which I’ve muttered on more than one occassion) is ‘it just makes me look I’ve been punched in the eye’.

I’ve been there and some of my friends will gladly tell you that I’ve unfortunately made them look like they’ve been there too. I’ve discovered that, as with most things, getting the smokey eye look right just takes practice and a few helpful tricks. That’s why I decided to do a ”smokey eye look for beginners post because I’m assuming that there are alot of you out there who would want to rock a smokey eye at least once this holiday season but just don’t know how.

I decided to do this post using the least amount of products I could because if I was teaching one of my friends how to do this look they probably wouldn’t own a whole bunch of bases and shadows and liners. So in the spirit of simplicity and accessability, the look I’m doing today requires the use of a black pencil liner, a black shadow, a brown shadow, face powder, concealer and mascara. That’s it. That may seem like a lot of products to some people but I think that they’re all products that most girls own or can easily get. I’ve also used mainly drug store brands to show that you don’t need expensive products so let’s give it a go!

Step 1: Start with a bare unprepped eye or apply an eye cream if your lids tend to get really dry and flaky.

Step 2: Apply a concealer all over you eyelid from lid to brow bone to even out the colour on your lid and to act as a base. I used MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42.

Step 3: Apply your face powder or powder foundation all over the top of where you concealed to help prevent creasing. I used MAC Mineralize Ski Finish Natural in Medium Dark.

Step 4: Take your black pencil liner (a kohl pencil is preferrable) and apply it over your lid up to the crease and then blend the edges. I used Rimmel black Kohl pencil. I like to start by applying the pencil thickly just above my lashline then blending it up with my finger. I then apply more pencil to my outer v where I want the colour to be darker. I also tend to keep the part around my tear duct free of the black liner.

Step 5: Take the brown shadow and apply it all over your lid and just up to the crease. I used a dark brown eyeshadow by NYX.

Step 6: Take a black shadow and apply it your outer v and in to the crease. Apply the shadow in whatever shape you want. If you want more of your eye to be darker then just cover more of your lid with the black. I used a black eyeshadow from Inglot. Always apply the black with a light hand so you can build up the intensity until you’re happy with it.

Step 7: Blend! It’s important to blend as much as you can when doing a smokey eye because you want the look to be seamless.

To blend the shadows well I also picked up some of my powder foundation on my blending brush and blended the edges of the colours concentrating especially on the black shadow.

Step 8: When you’re happy with the eyeshadow, apply some black liner to your top lashline. This isn’t an essential step but it adds definition. I would usually use a liquid or gel liner but since I’m trying to use only a few products I’ve stuck with the pencil liner. You can also smudge the line out if you want.

Step 9: Add some mascara to your lashes (I used Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara)and apply black pencil liner to your water line. Here is the completed eye. Now it looks fine but it look’s a bit like I have a black eye and that comes down to my dark circles and that’s why this next step is the most important….

Step 10: CONCEAL! You have to make sure you conceal your under eye circles and clean away any fall out AFTER you’ve done your smokey eye or you’ll look like a hot mess. If you compare the two pictures below, there is a world of difference but the only thing I’ve done differently is conceal my under eye circles.

You wouldn’t think that concealing your dark circles would make such a big difference to a smokey eye but it really does because concealing well keeps the darkness confined to your eye lids and lashline.

These next few pictures just show some other things you can do if you want to amp up your smokey eye look. First up is to bring your black eyeshadow down along your bottom lashline to intensify the look and make it more dramatic.

If you’re like me and are a fan of the Victoria’s Secret way of applying makeup then you can take some gold, bronze or silver shadow and apply it around your tear duct to highlight it. This step just helps to open up your eye and helps to soften a smokey eye look. Here I used a nude and taupe shadow by NYX . The highlight colour you choose can really change your look so choose wisely!

The easiest way to amp up a smokey eye look is false lashes because they instantly bring the drama. Using false lashes is probably a good idea when doing a smokey eye because your lashes tend to get lost amongst all the dark shadows and liner.

So that’s it. That’s how to do a quick and easy smokey eye. You can change it up however you like and use blue, purple, green, grey or whatever colour instead of the brown shadow. I tend to use black as well as at least one other shade because I think you need more than one colour to get a really good smokey eye that doesn’t look too harsh. I think that’s what sets apart a Kim Kardashian smokey eye look and a Taylor Momsen smokey eye look… well that plus a whole heap of blending and a much better makeup artist!

Hopefully this post gives you the confidence to go try a smokey eye look yourself if you haven’t before because it’s so easy to do.