Smokey Eye ‘Til I Die!
I don’t know if I’ll ever tire of doing smokey eyes. There are just so many different ways to work the look, like this spin on a daytime eye for work. It’s a method I learned from my favorite MAC artist, Jen, using products from the MAC Metal Urge and Red She Said collections.
I use quite a few different products for this look, but the most important MAC ones (because of their overall influence on the look) are…
- MAC Brushed Metal-X Cream Shadow in Gilded Ash ($16.50): shimmery, gray-khaki cream eyeshadow
- MAC Cocomotion Pigment ($19.50): shimmery brown-gold loose eyeshadow
- MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Inter-View ($17.50): Shimmery brown, navy blue and bronze mineral eyeshadow trio
How to Get the Look
For me, the easiest way to do a smokey eye is to layer textured products. Here, I layer powder eyeshadow, pigment and cream shadow.
I start by dotting Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat over my entire lid. It’s a primer used here to prevent creasing and helps the eye makeup last longer.
With my finger, I blend Eye Basics evenly over the the entire lid.
Next, I load a MAC 217 Blending Brush by swiping it across the pan of Gilded Ash, and then brush the shadow onto the lid and just barely into the crease.
I repeat the previous step several times, building upon the color, and fading it from the lid into the crease.
Next, I take the 252 and sweep MAC Ricepaper Eyeshadow underneath the entire brow, concentrating most of the color at the highest point of the brow’s arch.
Grabbing my trusty 224, I run the brush head along the edges of the color to soften any obvious lines.
Then, to enhance the smokey effect a little bit more, I pat the dark brown shade from the Inter-View eyeshadow trio onto the outer third of my lid with a MAC 228 Mini Shader Brush.
Still with the Mini Shader Brush, I apply the dark blue shadow from Inter-View onto the outer corner, which adds a little more depth to the look.
Time to line the eyes!
Next, using the same brush I apply Blacktrack on the lower lash line and soften the edge of the line by smudging it with a makeup sponge.
After covering up my dark circles with MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW 25 and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium, I fill in my brows with MAC Concrete Eyeshadow using a MAC 266 Small Angled Brush.
Then, I curl my lashes using the ever-awesome Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler and finish the eyes by adding two coats of MAC Plushlash mascara.
All done with the eyes!
The rest of the look is super easy. To color the cheeks, I use my fingers to smooth on some NARS The Multiple in Portofino.
Finally, I swipe Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Naive on my lips, topped off with a MAC Clear Lipglass for extra shine.
I hope you have a spectacular Tuesday!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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