As a lifetime member of The S.O.S.E. (The Society of Smokey Eyes), I pledge…
- To acknowledge my fellow sisters/brothers with a fist bump (the standard S.O.S.E. greeting) and by saying our motto loud and proud, “Smokey eye ’til I die.”
- To wear smokey eyes whenever I damn well please! — and not just when it’s considered seasonally or otherwise appropriate (fall, winter and evenings out on the town).
- To never, ever withhold sensational smokey eye accouterments, like the $38 Hourglass Cosmetics Visionaire Duo in Prism, from my beauty brethren, and to always spread the gospel of smokey eye love and truth to the best of my abilities.
I’ve been stuck on this duo big time, babe, and the main reason is that black eyeshadow on the right…
It’s SO KILLER.
Imagine the darkest, deepest, truest black shadow that haunts your makeup dreams. Then make it smoother than Jeremy Renner singing in a smokey jazz bar, add powder grains that refuse fallout, and give it the cutest flecks of silvery blue glitter.
And not just a lame sprinkling of glitter, but a perfect amount — just enough to wink at you without venturing into tween makeup territory.
Swatching it on the back of your hand is like looking into a night sky filled with twinkling stars…
I fall asleep thinking about this eyeshadow, no joke.
Oh, but it gets better. The other half of this duo rocks just as hard.
It’s a shimmery slate, like a combination of periwinkle Crayola crayons and thunderstorm clouds, that buffs and blends into beautiful, smooth gradients.
Neither color leans too cool nor warm, so this is truly one of those smokey eye duos that almost everyone can wear.
I like to pat the black shade down as a base on my lids, buff out the edges lightly with a domed shadow brush, then layer the slate shade on top and merge everything together with a clean blending brush.
I repeat the process along my lower lash lines, line my water lines and upper lash line with black liner, and finish with plenty of mascara. If I have some extra time, I’ll sweep a brown shade (or the bronzer/blush I might be wearing that day) into my crease.
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I adore the way the end result works with my brown eyes, and I’m sure it would coax out the color of your eyes, too.
Speaking of things that haunt my dreams…
Two words: ramen burgers.
Aaaaand there goes another one of those ideas I wish I’d thought of. Must have slipped right through my heavily hydrated paws (Lollia Handcreme baby!).
Apparently, it’s a thing. And it’s blowing up on the New York food scene. The chef/inventor/mad genius behind the idea, Keizo Shimamoto, takes classic ramen noodles, shapes them into buns, and crisps them in a griddle. Then he sticks a burger with shoyu sauce and simple toppings inside.
Voila! Ramen burgers.
I’d so jump on that train if I could get a veggie version, OM NOM NOM!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,