Thursday, 11 October 2012

Basic smokey eye - any colour and any eye shape!

Hi ladies!
If there's one make up related question my friends always ask me it's how to do I create simple smokey eye?

There are tones of make up tutorials for a smokey eye floating about but today I am going to show you how I learnt to create a basic and easily adapted look.
This tutorial can work for any eye shape and with any combination of colours,

With just a bit of practice and experimentation you'll have it nailed in no time!

So what will you need?

  • 3 or 4 colours (preferably the same colour in different shades) ranging from light to dark.
  • A small precision brush ( a pointed eyeliner brush or lip brush work great!)
  • An eye shadow brush to pack on colour.
  • A round fluffy brush to blend.
  • A brush of your choice to highlight the tear duct and browbone
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
Before we start I just want to explain to you something about pallets - the colours are placed next to each other for a reason!
Take 4 colours which are next to each other for an easy combination of colours.

Lets get started!

The colours I've used are:

Urban Decay Zephyr - Tear Duct - Highlight
Urban Decay Crystal - Inner corner - Lightest
Urban Decay Gunmetal - Middle - Medium
Urban Decay Oil Slick - Outer corner - Darkest

Start by drawing the outline of where you're going to place the shadow.
Take your medium colour and your precision eye shadow brush to draw an outline of where you are going to place the shadow with your eyes open.
Where you draw your line depends entirely on your eye shape.
You can go as high or wide as you like.
By mapping out your shape like this you gather a basic idea of what the shape is going to look like.
Keep trying for your ideal shape because at this point it's easy to just wipe it off and start again.

When you're done it should look something like this:

Next you need to start applying your colour.
If you are using 3 colours (excluding the highlight) then section your eyes into thirds and place your lightest colour on the inner third of your eyelid.
If you are using 4 colours (excluding the highlight) then section your eyes into quarters.

Then take your medium colour and place on the next section of your eye.
If you are using 4 colours (excluding the highlight) then apply this also in the next section along.

Lastly add your darkest shadow to the outer corner, staying in the line you created earlier.

Now starting from the inside of your eye and moving outwards take your blending bush and create small circular movements to blend the colour.
You can either blend all of the shadow or just down the area where the colours are side by side depending on how dramatic you want to go. 
(all over blending gives a less dramatic look).
At this point you can play around with the shape of your eye shadow to create a bigger or blended look.

Now you are going to apply your highlight to the tear ducts and brow bone using a new brush.
Use any brush you like or favor.

Now if you are happy with the shape of your eye shadow line your lash line, tight line and waterline.
You can also line under your bottom lash line to join the darker eye shadow or use the darker shadow colour with your precision eye brush.
I'm using Urban Decay's 24/7 liner in Perversion

Finally add mascara and false lashes if you wish.
I'm using Urban Decay's Supercurl Curling Mascara in Black

And the finished look ..

This look can be easily adapted using different colours and can suit any eye shape.
As you get more confident you can experiment with a wider range of colours and more shades.

If you have any questions just ask!

I am not a professional make up artist and these are just t tips.
This is not the only way to create a smokey eye, but the way I find easiest and most adaptable.
This is not a sponsored post, all products were purchased with my own money.


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