I don’t often go for dramatic make-up looks and tend to keep it simple. I was asked how to create a simple smokey eye and came up with the look below. Apologies if my glasses do not allow you to get a clear reflection of the look. Smokey eyes and red lips can ooze glamour, sophistication and old Hollywood. It really is all in the blending of the eyes and a strong line for the lips!
Beauty Holder Tip: Line your lips with a darker shade of the colour you plan to use on your lips. This will give more definition and make ’em pop!
For the eyes, blend any harsh lines with a complimentary colour for warmth and depth in the crease or socket area. It doesn’t have to be a very strong colour but something that allows you to gently fade out into a gradient effect.
A smokey eye can work on any eye shape and with practically any colour. It is all in the blending. The placement of the base colour doesn’t have to be perfect if you are going to blend it out. It takes time to perfect but practice makes perfect!
I am certainly not a big (small) screen heroine or indeed a glamour girl but hopefully this will inspire you to try something different with your make-up! Simple but timeless!
I don’t tend to use foundation on my whole face so this look doesn’t include that. Should you decide you want that coverage then complete your foundation routine as normal.
- Foundation as Concealer: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H- Shade 12 (under eyes and around more pigmented areas of the mouth). As I was covering under my eyes with black shadow I only applied a thin layer.
- Powder: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural Powder in Deep Dark
- Cheeks: NARS Taos blush
- Lips: LA Colours lipliner pencil in Forever Red/ INGLOT lipstick 409/ NYX Megashine lipgloss in Plush Red
- Eyes: Black Kohl eyeliner (cheap no name one)- all over lid/ NARS Night breed/ MAC Texture to blend harsh lines- especially in crease area. Highlight (under brow bone) MAC Arena/ MAC Spiked brow pencil.
- Lashes: Eldora lashes H131
- Brushes: Various
I can’t stress the importance of blending! A great tool to have is a good blending brush. It makes all the difference!
Have fun creating your own timeless look…