It is entirely possible to bang out a smoky eye in 10 minutes. Hand on heart, hair to the sky, I’m serious! — it’s totally true. And I know this because of a little something called “the disco nap.”
- Sleeping when ya got something goin’ on later for which you need to get ready.
“I was about to go to the club, but I needed a disco nap to feel refreshed.”
When I’m getting ready to go out with my friends, and I know it’s going to be a loooong night, I have very clear-cut priorities. I devote less time to my makeup so I can devote more time to my disco nap.
I know, sacrilege! — but you gotta do what you gotta do. I know myself well enough. If I can’t squeeze in at least a short nap before leaving the house, I’ll be dozing off in da club by 11, what-what!
So my fallback look for late nights is this 10-minute smoky eye, and what I like most about it (other than the fact that I can crank it out pretty quickly) is that it doesn’t have to be perfect to still look pretty good. You don’t have to be perfectly detail oriented with the blending because it’s purposefully undone. In fact, the messier it is, the more ya look like a bad-@ss rock chick. Plus, if you are going somewhere for dancing, odds are the lights will be low anyway, so nobody’s really going to be able to tell if you’ve got like four colors transitioning into a gradient in your crease.
Save yourself the effort! — and spend less time doing your makeup, so you have more time to disco nap. Zzzz…
Now let’s get started, shall we? First things first, gotta get the gear.
What you’ll need…
- A brow filler
- A matte brown cream shadow
- A black kohl pencil
- A shimmery black eyeshadow
- A matte brown eyeshadow
- A shimmery, peachy beige eyeshadow
- Under-eye concealer
Now for the step-by-step…
1. Fill in your brows
I like to start by doing my brows first because they’re sort of like my roadmap. Once they’re done, I think it’s easier to gauge how far I want to sweep my shadows out.
Also, particularly when doing smoky eyes, and this is doubly true when using black eyeshadow like we’re going to use here, I think it really helps to do your eyes first, then clean up any makeup that drops down under your eyes (because there will be some fallout, especially if you’re working quickly).
So set aside your base makeup for now. We’ll come back to it a little later.