You’ve seen it. That gorgeous smokey eye. Somewhere in an ad on a glossy page or on a Victoria’s Secret Model (The Hubbs is still upset that he didn’t realize the VS Fashion Show in London was going on last week while we were in England. I’m just broke up about that for him. Not.). But if you’re like me, it’s always seemed out of reach. I’ve been trying to perfect it for years. And every time, I end up looking like what my Mema (the one who created this awesome cake recipe) would call a ‘streetwalker’.
But then along came Pinterest. And how-to’s on YouTube. And voilà. We all became experts. Ummmm. . . . well. Not all of us. At least not a first. But I think all it takes sometimes is the right tutorial and then BAM – you get it. Sometimes it takes even less. Maybe just the right tools and the right photo to model your look after. And for a smokey eye, I found exactly that. At least I think so. Now let’s see if it works.
Thanks to my friends at Too Faced and Ulta (who happen to have no idea I’m writing this post, by the way), I had the right tools. And Pinterest came through with the right picture. So off I went to see if I could duplicate this gorgeous smokey eye. Because Christmas might be just about upon us but New Year’s Eve is looming large just ahead.
I started off with the rest of my makeup set (foundation, concealer, powder, blush, bronzer for contouring and lipgloss). I like to save my eye makeup for last. My first step in creating my smokey eye was to swipe the sparkly snow white color “White Lie” from the Too Faced Smokey Eye Kit all over my lids, including a little bit in the inner corners of my eye, using my fluffier eyeshadow brush.
Next, I mixed “Nice Ash” and “Smokin Hot” from the same kit (remember to blow on your makeup brush just before you apply the color to remove any excess) onto my angled eyeshadow brush and swept it into my crease, starting at the outer corner and working inwards about 2/3 of the way. A lighter hand is better. You can always add a little more shadow but it’s a mess to try and remove too much. Start off gently.
The next step was to try and blend the dramatic crease with the sparkly white lid a little. So, I took my eyeliner brush (the tiny one with the white handle) and dabbed it in a color called “Lap Dance” (you gotta love the names they come up with!) in the Too Faced Naked Eye Kit (which by the way is a great kit for the “every day go to work or the grocery store” eye or if you’re going to sport a dramatic red lip) and brushed it just above the crease on the brow bone. Again, a light hand is the way to go here. You can always add more. A quick light sweep of the fluffy brush (with nothing on it) to blend and I was set.
To finish the look, I took my eyeliner brush and swept “Smokin Hot” under my lower lash line, making sure to blend it up a little at the outer corner. And then I used a liquid liner pen in black to line my upper lash line, using my eyeliner brush and the tiniest bit of “Smolder” from the Smokey Eye Kit to soften the line. A dab of shimmer on the inside corner and top of the brow bone and a sweep of black mascara on my upper and lower lashes (lets not forget I already have awesome lashes thanks to Amy Lynn, my lash gal, and my Extreme Lashes) and I was done.
I think I came pretty close (I was a little light handed because all I have to go to tonight is a swim meet for the bonus daughters. Not a glam event. I’d ramp it up a bit for a night out) and all in all (minus the photography time) it took about 8 minutes to complete. I say it’s close enough for me to feel ready to “smokey it up” again on NYE this year with a slightly heavier hand. Now if I just had somewhere to go. I hope you do. Oh, and you’re welcome.