VIDEO: Easy Smokey Eye Tutorial for BeginnersThursday, September 17, 2015
After doing my video on How to Apply Eyeshadow for Beginners, as well as my 12 Common Makeup Mistakes video, I was shocked at the amount of people that were interested in a smokey eye tutorial. I personally don't wear them a whole lot because they take a little extra time and they are usually worn in the evening/nighttime. However this is an easy smokey eye that can be worn even in the daytime because its not overdone.
The look can easily be adjusted depending how dramatic or subtle you want to wear it. This tutorial features neutral shades of grey, brown, and black that can be worn with any outfit. Feel free to switch the shadows out for any range of colors you'd like, just follow the same steps in terms of which shade of the color goes where.
I'm also using the same drugstore eyeshadow palette I used in the last tutorial, the Maybelline The Nude palette.
Apply an eyeshadow base or primer all over the lid. An eyeshadow base is VERY important for keeping your eyeshadow from fading and creasing throughout the day/night. I used the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. I also recommend the NYX Eyeshadow Base.
Apply a light shimmery shadow to the inner portions of the lid using a Sigma E55 Eye Shading brush. Also take this shadow onto the inner corners of the lower lash line.
Using the same brush, apply a silver shadow to the outer portion of your lids, blending into the first shadow as you go. Feel free to skip this step, or use either one of these first to shadows all over the lid instead.
With a Sigma E35 Tapered Blending Brush, apply a matte taupe shadow all throughout the crease using windshield wiper motions. Avoid over blending too high, and also avoid going past the end of your eye. If you need to, apply tape from the outer corners of the eye towards the brow as a guide.
Using a Sigma E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush, apply a darker matte black eyeshadow to the over-V of your crease using small circular motions.
Blend the edges of the black shadow using the same blending brush from Step 4 with what's left on the brush,
Apply the same matte taupe shadow top the lower lash line using a Sigma E30 Pencil Brush. Only apply this shadow about 3/4 of the way in, avoiding the inner corner. Connect the shadow to the upper lashline in the outer corner.
Using a fluffy blending brush, apply a matte skintone shadow all over the brow bone. Also use this brush and shadow to blend or tone down any of the shadows in the crease.
If needed, repeat steps 1 & 2 because the light shadows on the lid tend to get taken over by the darker shadows.
Finish off with eyeliner, curl the lashes, and apply mascara. I used the Studio Gear Invincible Gel Liner in Onyx and a Studio Gear Eyeliner Brush. For mascara I used the Maybelline Lash Sensational.
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For the face a like to do a little contouring and definitely fill in my brows. Its essential to have strong (but not overdone) brows when doing more dramatic makeup to look balanced. I also opt for nude and pink toned blushes and lip colors when wearing smokey eyes. Today I used the Maybelline Master Glaze Blush in Pinched Pink and the Butter London Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon in Teddy Boy.
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
(price my vary)
Studio Gear Invincible Gel Eyeliner in Onyx
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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
(price may vary)
butterLONDON Bloddy Brilliant Lip Crayon in Teddy Boy
(price may vary)