When it comes to makeup, I was quite a late bloomer. Everyone in my year at school were ahead of me, and were applying their foundation and mascara at about 12. I was just never really that into it though, and it didn’t really interest me. My sister was the one in our house who knew everything there was to know about looking good, and I was just the sporty younger child. It wasn’t until I was about 14 that I first started to delve into the makeup world.
At first, I honestly had no idea what I was doing, and even the smallest bit of makeup seemed like a load. I’ll admit that at times, my foundation was a bit patchy, and my eyeliner a bit wonky. But thanks to my sister, it all got sorted out. She was the one who would sit down and teach me how to look half decent with a bit of makeup on. If it wasn’t for her, I might still be walking around looking like I’ve had a fight with a beauty counter.
But I love how make up can completely transform a face. And how just a slick of eyeshadow can take you from a day to night look. One minute you’re ready for the office, the next you’re set to party all night long. That’s why I wanted to experiment a bit more, and see what else I could do with makeup. So, I started experimenting and with a little effort, my skills began to slowly improve.
But there was one look that I was determined to master. It’s one of them ones that you always need and is a go-to for so many people. The ultimate night time look… The Smokey Eye. It’s something that every girl needs to know how to do, for a super simple look.
But I didn’t want it to just be something you could only wear at night. I was determined to make it a day time look as well. And for that reason, I decided to put a more natural spin on the whole thing. To do this I used a lighter pallet, using different shades of brown rather than black. Something so simple as using a different colour scheme completely changes the whole look, and helps it become something you can wear anytime of the day.
Honestly, it’s a lot easier than I thought that it would be, and really helps to make your eyes stand out. This is perfect paired with a natural base, as it draws all the attention to your eyes, and really helps them ‘pop’!
No longer restricted to a night time look, let everyone see your beautiful eyes in the full light of day!
Smokey Eye Make Up Tutorial:
Embrace radiant, glowing, healthy skin, with a little added POP!
What You Need:
- Primer – I love Nip+Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix!
- Various Makeup Brushes
- Full Coverage Foundation – I used Maxfactor Pan Stik in Nouveau Beige
- Concealer / Highlighting Pen – such as YSL Touche Eclat
- Eyebrow Powder / Wax – matte eyeshadow could be used as an alternative
- Light Shimmery Bronzer – I used No7 Limited Edition Bronzer
- Translucent Face Powder
- Three Different Brown Eyeshadow’s, ranging from light – dark
- Highlighter Powder
- Mascara – Black
- Nude Lip Colour – I used The Body Shop Colour Crush in 17
Getting The Look:
- Cleanse, tone and moisturise your face as normal, then add your usual primer and lipbalm.
- Using a foundation brush, apply Foundation all over the face. If using a Pan Stik, apply the product in sections to your face and use a kabuki brush to blend the foundation outwards in circular movements until fully covered.
- Use your Highlighter / Concealer Pen and apply under eyes, to the cupids bow of your lip and centre of your bottom lip. Use a concealer brush to blend this in completely.
- Apply a light layer of translucent powder to your entire face with your powder brush
- Using a blusher brush, apply a light shimmery bronzer to your cheekbones. All you want is a slight natural glow, so go lightly and don’t apply too much product.
- If desired, use your usual brow products and shape your eyebrows. I used an angled brush with a matte dark brown powder for mine.
- Now it’s time for the eyes! Take a large eyeshadow brush and apply your light brown shadow to your entire eyelid. I used a shimmery golden tone for mine, but a matte colour will work just as well!
- Next use a flat eyeshadow brush and your mid tone brown to build up the colour from the outer corner of the eye to the centre of the eyelid. This should go just above the crease line to the brow bone and extend outwards, at a slight angle to create a ‘v’ shape at the outer edge of your eye. Lightly blend away any harsh lines.
- Use an angled brush to apply your dark brown colour, this only needs to cover the outer 1/4 of your eyelid. Extend this to cover the ‘v’ shape created in the last step, building up the colour to your liking. Use your angled brush and follow the crease line, blending upwards to the brow bone. Blend away any harsh lines, but make sure the difference in the three tones is still noticeable!
- Look upwards and apply the dark brown eye shadow to the lower lash line, keep this very close to the eyelashes.
- Use a clean fan brush to gently wipe away any drops of eyeshadow that may have dropped down during application.
- Apply a dark brown liner – I used a Soap & Glory Kohl Pencil – along your upper lash line, keep this close to your eyelashes ensuring there’s no gaps. Follow the line created by the ‘v’ of the eyeshadow to create a flick.
- Use your eyeliner and line the water line, making sure it joins the line you’ve just created on the upper lash line.
- Use a small brush to apply a light dusting of highlighter powder – I used a very pale gold similar to the light eyeshadow colour – to the inner corner of the eyes and also just under the eyebrows.
- Apply two heavy coats of mascara, brushing away any clumps using a clean mascara wand.
- Finally apply your chosen nude lipstick to your lips.
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