I get asked often… “How do you do a smoky eye that is easy but also doesn’t make me look like I punched myself in the eyes?” Honestly, a smoky eye is quite easy and does not have to be the black eye shadow people are so used to associating with the look. I create smoky eyes in a variety of shades – my favorites being purple and brown. The definition of a smoky eye is just that it must be well blended shadows creating the look of well blended eye makeup – no harsh lines.
For the look I created, I wanted to utilize one of my favorite palettes – the Tarte be MATTEnificent Palette. I am not going to lie – I am a matte eye shadow junkie and I will pull for a matte palette in my collection over one with only shimmer shades. At 34 years old, I try to use colors and shadow textures that will not settle into my fine lines or make me look too “frosty”. For this look – I utilized a 3 step system that I like to do for an eye look that will get me in and out of the house in a hurry (busy mommy status):
- Step one – (after priming your eyelid) was a neutral toned shade (usually a cream matte shade) all over the lid and up to the brow bone. I call this the transition blending shade.
- Step two – take a shade you want to wear on your lid (in my case it was a plum purple) and with the same brush you used to apply your transition blending shade, apply the color all over your lid and into the crease – do not go above the crease. Take this same color and run it on the lower lash line making sure to blend the line so it looks soft and diffused.
- Step three – take a shade you would like to wear in the crease – I normally opt for a taupe or brown shade. Take a blending brush and work this color into your crease blending it out so that there are no harsh lines.
If you want – you can always reapply your brow bone high light shade to create more definition but make sure that you blend well.
That is it. You can add your favorite eye liner, mascara and you’re good to go. Check out my Get Ready With Me Video (embedded below) for a full run down on the eye makeup as well as how I contour, highlight and add blush. I talk through the process so it is a little longer than it actually is to create the look. If you want to watch the video on YouTube – click here.
Moisturizer – Organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil, Tilth Beauty Anti Aging Firming Moisture Cream & PRAI Radiant Gemstone Cream
Brows – Perfekt Beauty Brow Perfection Gel
Eye Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Eye shadow – Tarte be MATTEnificent Palette
- all over the lid from lash line to brow bone = sand out from the crowd (lid and highlight shade)
- lid into the crease = two plums up
- crease shade = rose to the occasion
Liner – Tarte Smolder Eyes in Brown (lower lash line / waterline and upper lash line) and Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof liner in Midnight (tight line & water line)
Lashes – KISS Lashes in 01 and Perfekt Beauty Mascara in Flash
Bronzer – NYC Sunny
Blush – MAC Sunbasque
Highlight – Laura Geller Baked Highlighter Duo French Vanilla / Golden Rose
Lips – Milani Color Statement Lip Liner in Nude and Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Lemonade
I styled this look with a basic black top and a pair of khaki shorts (of course, not seen). For my hair, I decided to leave it down and placed a cute daisy flower halo on my head. I just love these halos/crowns… I love them for Spring. The photo(s) below was taken using my phone (unedited / no filter). I figured I would share that with you so you could see a photo of the look a little further away then the others.
I hope you guys enjoyed this week’s look. I have so many ideas for Spring & Summer inspired makeup looks, so if I can find the time to create them for you or I’m heading out and want to rock them out – I’ll surely share them. Thanks so much for reading (and watching).
Check out my last makeup look and tutorial here.