SMOKY eyes have been in fashion for quite a while now and there is no sign of this trend dying. The key to the perfect Smoky eye is proper blending. You want to make sure colours are blended together flawlessly.
It is important to pair light base colours with rich dark colours, a nice mix would be soft gold base with a deep purple on top, champagne base with bright blue and peach base with green hue.
First prep the lid. The key to keeping eye shadow from melting into your eyelid crease as the day goes on is to keep eyelids oil-free. To do this start with an eye shadow base (also called “primer”). Simply swipe the primer across the eye and let it dry. Now apply eyeliner.
If you are going for a typical black, brown or grey smoky eye, apply liner in one of those colours above the upper lash line, drawing line thicker in the middle of the eye.If you’re opting for a jewel-toned eye (violet makes a gorgeous Smoky eye), line eyes with a purple, blue or deep green liner. Blend in colour in bottom lashes.
For colour on the bottom (a key Smoky eye look) you will want to use an eyeliner pencil because they are easiest to smudge. Once the line is drawn, run your finger over it to smudge the line. You will also need to apply a bit of shadow to get full smudge effect.
Apply light base colour.Again, the key to a Smoky eye is pairing a lighter base with the darker colour.A cream shade is good for a base.
Sweep a light, shimmery shadow over the lids to your brow bone. Blend in darker colour, but keep dark colour below the crease or socket line. Now that you have the base and eyeliner on, it’s time to get the Smoky effect.
You need a darker eye shadow shade. Using an eye shadow brush, blend in colour starting at your lash line, blending up. Make sure to blend colour into the lash line so the eye liner disappears. Stop deep colour at the crease. The key here is to blend, blend, blend.
Make sure eyes match and blend colour with a cotton bud if need be. Finish with several coats of mascara. You’ll want to apply a few coats of mascara so lashes are thick and dark. If you don’t have naturally long, curled lashes, curl them with a lash curler first.
Mary Ferry is the proprietor of the Genesis Skin Care & Laser Clinic in Upper Dore, Bunbeg, Tel 07495 32575, www.genesissalon.ie. If you have a query you would like answered in Mary’s column confidentially, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org