The smokey eye look has been a long lasting trend in the makeup world, and this 2012 season it’s back. In this step by step makeup tutorial you will learn how to apply the perfect smokey eye. Smokey eyes are meant to be dramatic, and the attention should be on your eyes — not the rest of your face. To achieve a great look with smokey eyes, be sure to play down the rest of your makeup, ensuring that your eyes are the focal point.
The secret to a perfect smokey eye is all in the blending. The smokey eye look uses different colors normally a lighter and a darker color that are blended to create the look. Some color combinations for a great smokey eye look are a nude and a deep grey, almost black shadow. Other combinations can include a gold base with a navy, or plum shadow, or a champagne base with a brighter blue.
To begin the smokey eye look, prep your eyelids. This is to be said with any look for your eyes, you want to prep your lids with a primer so that as the day goes on your eyeshadow stays looking fresh. A base such as a primer helps to balance your oils throughout the day so that your eyeshadow doesn’t accumulate into the creases of your lids. Apply the primer to your whole lid, and wait till it drys before you move on.
To begin your smokey eye look apply eyeliner. You will want to apply a similar color eyeliner as the darker shadow color you choose. Because you will be blending the eyeliner with your eyeshadow the color does not have to match exactly, but it’s best to use a similar color. Make the liner thicker in the middle.
Be sure to apply eyeliner to your lower lash line as well as this is a major part of creating a smokey eye look. Use an eyeliner pencil or eyeshadow as liner for your lower lash line as these are easiest to smudge. Stay away from liquid liner whenever creating a smokey eye look.
Next apply the lighter color of shadow to your lid. This is your base color. Apply the base color all over your lid up to your brow bone.
After applying your base color, blend in the darker color. You will also want to keep the darker color below your brow bone. Begin by applying a little of your darker color to a dome brush. Apply eyeshadow at the base of the lid blending in with your eyeliner. Blend up towards the crease of your eyelid and stop at the crease. Continue to blend until your optimum look is achieved.
Before the smokey eye look is completed double check your work and make sure that both eyes appear to have the same amounts and same shades of eyeshadow. If you need to fix things, now is the time to do so. Once your look has been completed, top it off with two coats of mascara to the top and bottom lashes. Your look is now complete. Be sure to play down the rest of your makeup to ensure that all the attention is on your eyes
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