Thursday, January 3, 2013

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EVERYDAY SMOKEY EYE TUTORIAL

 
 
 
You don't have to be Jersey girl to love a good smokey eye!! In today's post I'm going to show how I do a neutral, everyday version of this look. So, what makes a smokey eye a smokey eye? Well, it's placing your darkest color near the lashes and creating a gradient towards the browbone. A gradient is when you go from the darkest color to the lightest color gradually. You can do this look with any colors you wish, as long as the darkest color is by your lashline and your crease has a transition to the browbone. Keep reading to learn how to create this look!!

 
  
STEP ONE: Fill in brows and apply primer (As always, I use Urban Decay Primer Potion)


 
 STEP TWO: Apply transition shade. A transition shade is a color that is 1-3 shades darker than your skin and acts as a... well, transition from your lid to your highlight. Apply this color in and right above the crease. In order to get the right effect, you want the transition shade to be a matte or satin. Also, it is important to apply the transition shade before any other colors. I am using MAC Era, my new favorite!
 STEP THREE: Apply lid shade. I am using Brown Down by MAC but any dark brown will do. Brown Down is a matte -- you could also use one with shimmer, you'll just have to make a small adjustment in the next step. Also, leave the inner corner bare, because we want to highlight that area later.
 STEP FOUR: Apply highlight (MAC Dazzellight) to inner corner and browbone, and apply lid shadow (MAC Brown Down) to lower lashline. This highlight has shimmer, so if you used a shimmery lid shade I would use a matte shadow in this step. The reason I recommend that is because if you use only shimmery eyeshadows for a look, it can be a bit too much -- kind of like a disco ball :)
 STEP FIVE: Apply liner, curl lashes, and apply mascara.
 
 
When doing a smokey eye it is usually a good idea to do foundation last so that the darker eyeshadows that you're using don't fall down and ruin it.
 
 
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