- I first brushed a plum shadow (Fig) all over my eyelid to just above the crease, then dragged a darker metallic purple (Sketch) in the crease and along the outer corner of my eye, in a V shape. I also brushed Sketch along my lower lashline and smudged it to create a softer effect.
- With Carbon black shadow, I drew the brush along my upper lash line and winged it out slightly at the corners. Important: when done applying your shadow, use a blending brush to soften any harsh edges.
- As a final touch of shadow, I applied a metallic nude (Kitten) to the inner corner of my eye. This opens up the eye and adds brightness.
- I used liquid liner close to the lash line and winged it out, applied black eye pencil to my inner rims, and finished up with two coats of mascara. Tip: Wipe excess mascara off wand onto a tissue first. No clumps.
Voila!— the dramatic smoky eye. If it seems like a lot of work, well… it only takes about 5-10 minutes total once you get the hang of it. You can use any color, but nudes and earth tones flatter most skin tones and make for a more subtle smoky eye.
- I rough dried it until it was about 90% dry, then used a round barrel brush to create some body and bend. I’m pretty hopeless with a blowdryer and only use it if my hair is sopping wet before a party (though I do know some useful tips and tricks!).
- That night I ran my fingers through my blown-out hair to muss it up a bit, applied a dab of Kiehl’s silk grooming crème to the ends, and then created a deep side part and secured with a bobby pin. Super easy and works with most hair types and lengths. Tip: hairspray actual bobby pin before placing for better hold.
Outfit: for more pics of the 'fit, check my last post "royal combo". Below, a recreation of the look.
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