Monday, 30 December 2013

Smokey eye essentials

Its party season and that means lots of smokey eye occasions. A smokey eye can be hard to perfect or even start to tackle, so i thought i'd give you a run down of my favourite tools and shadows for a smokey eye. Pens at the ready.

Brushes are a major part in getting your smokey eye just right, and i rely on 5 to complete the job.
h&m fluffy eyeshadow brush - for washing colour all over the lid and outer v. Blends the edges as it deposits colour.
boots fluffy eyeshadow brush - another one with no name, sorry about that. this one is slightly smaller than the h&m favourite and is great for putting colour right where you want it in the outer corner and crease.
real techniques base shadow brush - also great for crease work and smudging eyeshadow along the lower lashline. Can also be used to pack colour onto the lid.
mac 239 - for adding shadow to the top and bottom lashline to thicken lashes. works particularly well at creating a subtle eyeshadow cat flick.
mac 217 - you didn't think i could write about smokey eyes without mentioning this one did you? a must have brush, especially great for blending out all the edges, but can also be used for all the other jobs too if you have a couple on hand. love.

prepping the lid
I'm not big on eyeshadow primer, applying a little concealer all over the lid seems to do the trick for me, but if you need a little more staying power then using a cream eyeshadow as a base works wonders.
For matte smokey eyes - Mac groundwork paint pot is a light brown colour which works well to counteract any redness, hide veins and add some colour to the lid ready for your smokey eye, its also a great one to have in your collection to add definition on minimal makeup days! If your smokey eye is going to be cool toned, then the maybelline colour tattoo in permanent taupe would be a great option too. This would also work great for purple smokey eyes.
For bronze smokey eyes - mac eclair paint pot is my one cream eyeshadow love, its warm deep bronze/brown colour looks great with any makeup look, but unfortunately it is limited edition. If you have it, pop it on to enhance your smokey eye, but if not, i'm sure mac do similar bronze shades. The maybelline colour tattoo in on and on bronze is a more taupe toned bronze but works in the same way.
For black smokey eyes - The maybelline colour tattoo in timeless black is a great opaque black cream shadow with extremely subtle navy shimmer. its great used as a base or as a cream liner. you can also sheer it out to make it more grey.
Olive or cranberry/copper smokey eyes - for a green toned look, i opt for the bourjois colour edition eyeshadow in the khaki tone. Mine has no name on it, so unfortunately i cannot tell you what its actually called. oops. It's a lovely khaki green with gold shimmer which makes it very wearable. If your opting for a more burgundy toned eye look then the maybelline colour tattoo in metallic pomegranate is a cranberry shade with silver shimmer which works great with MAC cranberry or coppering.

Now, when it comes to eyeshadows, most brands have some great shades available. Palette wise, The naked palettes are a great place to start if your just trialing smokey eyes, with the naked 2 palette being my favourite, or the naked basics if you prefer mattes. Nars are also great at their eyeshadows, and the limited edition palettes 'fairys kiss', 'ride up to the moon' and 'and god created the woman' all contain excellent shades to create a range of smokey eye looks. If your looking to customise your colour combination slightly more, then MAC is the place to look. For smokey eyes, i love black tied, woodwinked, coppering, cranberry, amber lights, antiqued paired with brun, wedge or folie to smoke it out.

Eyeliner and mascara
Eyeliner and mascara play a big part in completing your smokey eye. A sweep of eyeliner across your top lashline will work to thicken lashes and finish off your whole look. I love the topshop magic liner and the collection extreme felt tip liner, as they're both felt tip nibbed liners which are extremely easy to use. On the waterline adding in something like the rimmel scandaleyes kohl in bronze can really help to make the look more sultry.
As for mascara, if you arent using false lashes then you will need lashings of it to create volume and length, My favourites for this are revlon grow luscious and l'oreal volume million lashes. They're both great at creating volume and length in only one or two coats.

Lastly, i wanted to give a quick mention to the brows. With a smokey eye, filling in your brows is essential to make sure they stand out against the dark eyeshadow, but at the same time - don't go overboard, they aren't the star of the show.

Hopefully this has helped you out of a smokey eye rut and made the whole ordeal a little bit simplier and seamless!

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