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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Makeup Tutorial: Everyday Smokey Eye

These are the products you'll need: a primer, a yellow-based cream highlight, and two shades of black/charcoal, a black liquid liner, a black pencil liner, and a great mascara!
I already have on my foundation, blush and bronzer - Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation and Physicians Formula Mood Boosting Blush/Bronzer.  Now I am going to apply a primer to my eyelids to act as a base for the eyeshadow.  Primer is going to make the shadow show up more pigmented and last longer without smudging throughout the day.

Apply the lightest, highlighting color all over your lid, browbone, inner corner, and along your lower lashline to brighten the eye.  If you want a darker, more dramatic look, you can skip the last step.  I like to use a yellow-based cream highlight because my skin has yellow undertones; if you have very fair skin, you might want to use more of a silver base.

With a small eyeshadow brush, apply your charcoal or medium color to the crease, making a "C" shape from the crease, around the outer corner, and onto the lashline.  Blend it carefully so that the lines are not too harsh.

Blend these two colors together on the lid - do not blend up higher than the crease!  We're going for a more demure look.

Take your darkest black shade, and with a small blending brush, apply in a horizontal 'L' shape along the outer corner and the upper lashline!  It doesn't have to be perfect just yet.

Blend all of these shadows together!!

With the pencil liner, carefully line your upper waterline, and the inner corner of your eye.  You may also do the lower waterline - I chose not to.  If you don't like to line your waterline, just smudge some of the pencil along your lower lashes.

Carefull line your upper lashline with the liquid liner, winging out very slightly at the end, following the line of your shadow.  For more drama, you can make the wing bigger!  If you have trouble with liquid liner, make small dashes and connect them as you go :)

Apply a volumizing mascara to your upper and lower lashes, or add fake lashes if you'd like to make more of a statement!


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