Four Easy Steps to Smokey Eyes

We love them. You only have to google “smokey eye” and you’ll see hundreds of thousands of blog posts and YouTube Vids showing you how to create the look, so obviously you love them too!

And they are back this season with a new twist. Traditionally the look was heavy and sombre but this Summer you’ll see the “soft smokey eye” the “natural smokey eye” even the “bright smokey eye” as the electric blues and peacock greens make a stunning revival.

It’s easy to create but it’s also very easy to get wrong!! As these two starlet’s prove….erm, must have lost the blending brush!

So we’ll show you how to get the perfect Smokey Eye look in just four easy steps. The colour choice is only limited by your imagination!

But first some valuble tips:

Put your foundation on last! Its a messy business creating a Smokey Eye so better to apply your eye products first, then finish with your foundation application after.

No shadow on the top part of the eye lid. The colour should be all around your eye and not going beyond the eyelid crease, unless you have very heavy lids as seen in the pics below. Resist the urge to highlight the upper lid, you’ll look like Drag Queen! Unless of course you are a Drag Queen, then highlight away!

Blend, blend and blend some more. It’s called smokey because it looks like a puff of smoke, it’s not called “Racoon Eyes” or “Plastic from Binocula Eyes”. Think heavy with soft edges.

This is what it will look like if you don’t blend….

This is what it will look like if you do it right….

Notice her lips are very pale? Remember the golden rule; If the eyes are loud, tell the lips to be quiet.

What you’ll need:

ELES Powder Liner in any colour

ELES Mineral Matte Eye Shadow in any darkish colour, we are using Matte Twig

ELES Lush Mascara in Black

Optional – False Eyelashes

STEP ONE: Eyes should be primed and a light layer of foundation and powder applied to help the Eye Shadow bond to the eye.

STEP TWO: Using the Powder Liner apply a generous, deep line around the entire eye contour then blend with the soft rubber tip at the end of the pencil until you have a nice thick smudgy line.

STEP THREE: Press your chosen Eye Shadow into the line and begin blending out, adding more shadow to get a deeper hue. it should be darker towards the lash line and blending out to lighter on the edges, keep applying and blending until you have the desired effect, something like this…

NOTE: The eye above is heavy lidded in other words, the natural eye crease is very low. If this is the case you may apply the shadow slightly above the crease. If they eyes are not heavy lidded try to stay below the crease with only a soft blending appearing above.

STEP FOUR: Optional – Apply False Eyelashes to the top lashline. Apply several coats of Lush Mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

Voila….The Smokey Eye!

And remember, you don’t have to do it this dark, a lighter colour can be used for a softer effect.

Why do we love it?

The eye whites look whiter and the iris of the eye “pops” with vivid colour….

…. and because “Barbie” wears it that way!

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