The “smokey eye” is the most sultry of makeup looks. Along with red lipstick it’s a classic. The problem is unlike red lipstick, it’s hard to wear the smokey eye during the day, without looking like you’re still wearing makeup from the night before. There are ways to tone it down, so you still have that smudgy, somewhat tousled appeal, yet fresh enough to wear during the day. Not to mention, it’s a lot easier than you think!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Eye Shadow: I’ve been using BareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0, from the IFB Conference VIP gift bags. It’s probably the most versatile pallete I’ve ever had.
- Concealer: The NARS Concealer is great, I really like how it’s easy to put on. And basically, it’s sole purpose in my makeup drawer is for the corners of my eyes, which tend to get dark.
- Eye Shadow Brush & Dome Brush, these two brushes are indispensable!
- Mascara: After hearing so much about DiorShow, I’ve decided to give it a try. It’s a great mascara.
- BROWN Eye liner: Brown liner is more subtle than black. Sephora has a great waterproof kohl liner for $9, which has a great consistency and goes on nicely.
Step One: Apply a light color eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes.
I would recommend a nude color similar to your complexion. I also usually apply concealer in the corners of my eyes to make sure it’s bright.
Step Two: Apply your “base color” to your top lids and your lower lid.
For some reason I’m a big fan of block colors with eyeshadow. Here is no exception. In this case, I’m using a gold eyeshadow which adds a glimmer of color that is not too different from my natural skin tone. The application process is simple, sweep over the lid top lid with the eyeshadow, then repeat the process on the lower lid. Be careful on the lower lid to only apply on the outer edge of your eyes.
Step Three: Using a dome brush, apply a dark brown eyeshadow to your eyes as if it were an eyeliner.
I generally sweep the outer corners of my eyes with the dome brush. It give the smudgy look without being too severe.
Step 4 & 5: Apply brown eyeliner to the waterline of your eyes, and apply mascara
Some people don’t like applying eyeliner to the waterline, so you can just apply to the lash line. I’ve stayed away from wearing eyeliner beneath my eyes, not because I don’t like the look, but because I felt they closed up my eyes too much. What I didn’t realize is you don’t have to use a pencil on the top and the bottom. For me, it’s best to chose either between the top lid or the bottom lid, but never both. It’s amazing how that will open the look of your eyes.
And wella! You have daytime smokey eyes!
What is your favorite way to wear makeup during the day?