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Wednesday
Nov092011

Smoky Eyes.... RE - How to Guide.

Is there anything sexier and more sophisticated than the classic smoky eye? Hell no!

I always get asked "How do I do smoky eyes"... So I have compiled a 5 step guide that should make it easier for you to achieve that perfect desired smoky eye look.

Step 1 - preparing your eyes

Begin by applying a light shade of concealer to the under eye area, and all over the top lid. Your foundation is a great concealer for this step and will prepare your eyes for the shadow. Its good to also use a primer on your lids for your eye make to stay put !

Step 2 - using the liner

First of all line both the top and bottom rims with an eye pencil, paying close attention to going into the lash line itself.

If you have small eyes apply the liner starting from the middle of the under eye to the outside of the eye. If your eyes are large then line from corner to corner.

Hint: If you are using liquid liner its often easier to place dots on the lash line and then follow the dots to get a perfectly straight line.

Step 3 - adding the shadow

With a small eye shadow brush, soften the edges of the eye liner.

Apply a dark shadow by patting the shadow on your lid, ideally using a smudge brush, directly over the penciled area and smudge or its sometimes easier to use your finger tip or a cotton bud.

The shadow helps to set and soften the look.

Step 4 - the final touch

Next apply a lighter shadow in a neutral tone with a larger eye shadow brush by encirling upper lid to blend, soften and graduate outward for that perfect blended look.

Then add Mascara to the top and bottom lashes! For a more dramatic look apply 2 or 3 coats.

Step 5 - removing excess shadow

Brush away any shadow that has fallen below the eye with a fluffy brush and clean up any unwanted smudges with a cotton pad and cleanser.

Hint: Sometimes excess dark eye shadow can be tricky to remove and is insanely annoying if you have already applied your foundation or base as I call it... to the whole of your face. Try just putting a little foundation on your eyelids as a base and then applying your foundation to the rest of your face after you have finished your eyes.