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Colour Series: Black Smoky Eyes

You can’t go wrong with the smoky eye look, especially with this guide...

Posted: 22.06.15

Everyone loves that smouldering, sexy look achieved by a little smoky eye, but perfecting it can be a mission and can often end up with you looking like you’ve got a black eye after a fight – not quite the glamorous look you were going for! Well you needn’t fret any longer, as our beauty extraordinaire, Trusha of Secret Style File has created this helpful step by step tutorial to help you perfect this look…

The Base
With all make-up looks the base is always important, even more so when you are doing a smoky eye. It is important to use a good primer that minimises pores and creates a silky canvas for make-up application, I love Porefessional by Benefit. For a flawless look with reasonable coverage I have used the Nars Sheer Glow foundation.

Contouring and Highlight
You can see my full tutorial here

The Eyes
Start off with an eye primer like the MAC Paint Pot in the shade Soft Ochre, this will keep your eyeshadow in place all day and really hold the darker shades in place. For this look I have used the Smashbox Full Exposure palette as it has the perfect offering of mid matte brown shades and the blackest of black matte eyeshadow. As a blending shade, I like to use matte mid brown in the crease and just above, this will make it easier to blend the darker eyeshadows later. For a good smoky eye look, it is all about layering the darker shades so I use a black pencil eyeliner all over my lid and then blend out the edges with a blending brush, this cream base will really stick to the black eyeshadow making it last longer and giving that intense black look. Then with a flat eyeshadow brush, pat on the black eyeshadow. Patting it on will intensify the blackness of the eyeshadow. Then with a small crease brush or pencil brush, blend the black into the crease which will also blend it with the mid-brown that was placed there beforehand. To tidy up and really blend the whole look, just add some more mid brown just above your crease to give that faded effect. If you want to brighten up the eye area, I would suggest adding a shimmery nude on the inner corners of your eyes and then for some extra dimension, I used the Black Tied Velvet eyeshadow from MAC which adds some sparkle just to the centre of the lids. Using the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk, highlight the brow bone and then add the ivory shimmer shade from the palette just to highlight the brows further. Add a liquid eyeliner for added glamour and eye definition - I used the Bourjois Mega Liner as it is very black and intense. For this look I also used the Eylure pre-glued lashes to add some drama and then used the Maybelline Lasting Drama gel liner on my waterline as it lasts so long. Trace along the lower lash line with Benefit Bad Gal eyeliner and then smoke it out with the black sparkle eyeshadow. Finish off the eyes with the Illamasqua Masquara just to the tips of the lashes for some extra length and volume to really make the smoky eyes stand out.

Set your Make-up
Before adding powder, use the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer to highlight the under eye area and hide any dark circles. I also added a cream blush to my cheeks for a more natural look and I am loving the new Smashbox LA Lights Lip and Cheek colour in the shade Beverley Hills. To take away excess shine and most importantly to set your make-up, use a light powder like the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium, which you can just use on your T-zone, highlighted areas and anywhere you tend to get shiny.

Finishing Touches
Add a little powder blush to the apples of your cheeks and as the eyes are so intense, I like to use Nars Orgasm blush which looks so natural with a hint of shimmer. Then add MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle to the highest points of your cheekbones, along the centre of your nose and cupid’s bow. The dark eyes against the light highlight will stand out even more. With such a dramatic eye, I would recommend a very nude lipstick combination. I used the Smashbox Always Sharp lipliner in Rosebud and MAC lipstick in Faux. To give that freshly done make-up look and set your entire make-up look, I love using the MAC Fix+ Spray which hydrates your skin as well.

Stay tuned for more make-up looks from my Colour Series and don’t forget to check out my Wedding guest tutorials..x

Trusha R

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