Thursday, December 17, 2015

How to: Beginner Smokey Eye

To be completely honest here, I'm not the biggest smokey eye lover. I like to think of my "smokey eye" looks as The Gradient Effect. I like to start with the brow bone and go from light to dark all the way down to the lash line. I like this technique better and I find that it's easier for beginners because if you're like me, smokey eyes have never been and probably never will be your friend. And so I give you, "The Gradient Affect: Beginner Smokey Eye"

When doing a "Gradient Effect" eye, I like to keep my product count to a minimum so it doesn't get too complicated. A few brushes, a couple eye shadows, and a base. That's all I need for this look:

All about that Base:
I primed my lid to brow bone with my Kat Von D Lock-it Concealer and set it with translucent powder. Priming your lid/brow bone and setting it with a powder will help your eye shadow stick, apply smoother, blend smoother, and be more vibrant in color. I then took Trestique's Shadow Crayon in "Kona Coffee" and applied it as close to my lash line as possible. It will be a semi-thick line because of the size of the crayon - and that's perfectly okay. I then grabbed ahold of my favorite smudge brush, the Morphe M213-Smudge and began smudging or "smoking out"  Kona Coffe up towards the crease but not going past the crease. You want to keep this shadow crayon color low and on the lid keeping the darkest point at the lash line. 

All about that Lid:
On my Morphe B40- Deluxe Badger Oval Shadow Brush, I grabbed ahold of "Vanish" from my Kat Von D Monarch Palette, which is a matte taupe color and packed that all over my lid keeping focus on making the lash line the darkest area. With the same brush I grabbed "Deadhead," a matte black and brushed that along my lash line. Going back to the M213 brush, I picked up "Delaney," a pearl silver, and added just a little to the inner corner of my eye. 

All about that Crease:
I wanted to keep the crease simple and light to medium. So using the Morphe B13- Deluxe Blending Buff. I lightly blending "Vanish" matte taupe, into the crease, keeping the color low, making sure not to bring it up too high towards the brow bone. Lastly, I brushed "Entomology" a matte cream, on the brow bone for a highlight. 

After that, your eyeshadow is complete. Grab ahold of your Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and Immortal Lash 24-Hour Mascara to finish off your eye look; and Ta-Da You have a "Gradient Effect": Beginners Smokey Eye! 

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