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Creating summer-worthy smokey eyes
May 27, 2015, 1:05 pm

Summer is wonderful for those who love it, but how do you look amazing and skip the sweaty part. The answer is with a sensual, smokey eye that is warm-weather appropriate. Here are some tips to get the covetable and effortless smokey eye with ease.

Make it wet: In order to achieve a look that doesn’t melt down your face, start off by using a shadow primer. Then, layer both your shimmering and smokey shadows. Use just the tiniest amount of Vaseline or clear lip gloss to highlight just the center ball of the eyelid.

Do a double: Cream and powder eye shadow combos always give the best eye shadow results. A cream shadow is not only a great base that creates additional dimension but ‘locks’ down powder shadow when it is layered on top.

Start with the basics: Start by using a matte flesh or bone-toned shade from lash to brow. Next, in a windshield wiper motion, define the crease and blend a medium-to-dark smokey shadow from crease down toward the lash, keeping the inner third of the eyeball clean. Then, take a deeper shade and create the ‘V’ from the outer eye line to the outer crease and smoke toward the center of the eyelid. Finish by applying a creamy gel black eyeliner along lash line and smudge.

Fix smudged shadow: Salvage smudged eye make-up with concealer and a Q-tip. You would think that the best bet is to use an eye make-up remover and clean up the smudge but it will dissolve remaining eye make-up and leave a residue. Try a little concealer on a Q-tip to clean up and do ‘damage control.’ Then, reapply eye make-up.

Lean towards a liquid: A liquid eyeshadow is the easiest kind of product to apply. Liquids can easily be applied with your fingers, a sponge, a brush, etc. Another fun benefit of liquid formulas is that they can be applied sheerer or heavier depending on the kind of smokey eye you want and the statement you want to make with your eyes.

Find the right hue: Pale-to-fair skin tones look best in bronzes and golden browns while medium skin tones look best in gray and charcoal tones. Deeper skin tones always look best in jewel and black skin tones.

Eyeliner: Get out your blackest of black eyeliner. For more of a sheen, go with a black gel or liquid liner. If you want to keep things matte, you can stick with pencil or a black shadow. Line the upper lash line from inner corner to outer corner. On the bottom of your eye, line from the outer corner in, going just past the tear duct at the inner corner to extend the line. To make sure it really holds in place all day, you can finish the look by going over the line with black eyeshadow and thin eyeliner brush.


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