Of all the eye makeup looks I’ve worn over the past — let’s see, I started wearing makeup when I was 14, and I’m 37 now (LOL! First I typed, “…and I’m 27 now.”) — 23 years (!), this simple smokey number with brown and black has to be one of my favorite five.
It’s one of my best conversation starters, because whenever I wear it and bump into fellow beauty fiends (MY PEOPLE!), there’s a pretty good chance they’ll ask what I’m wearing.
I like that it’s easy and elegant, and even though it’s more dramatic than the look earlier this week, I still think it fits within the “natural with a kick” category.
In terms of products you’ll need, there’s not much to it. Just a few things…
Like last time, I’m mostly using MAC products here, but there are literally dozens if not hundreds of similar shades out there from other brands. There’s no reason you couldn’t use some other colors and brushes you already have on hand.
Right. Now, on to the look!
First, it’s time to prime — at least if you have oily lids. If not, let’s skip ahead.
Next (or maybe first, if you didn’t need to prime), grab something like MAC Kohl Power Pencil in Feline, and apply all over your lids.
Don’t worry if it looks a little messy at this point, because we’ll be doing some blending in a minute. Right now we’re just trying to start with a good base and give the overall look some depth.
You can probably guess one of the reasons I’m a fan of Feline, but it’s also super soft and easy to blend.
For this step, I’d probably steer clear of quick-setting, long-wearing pencils like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion that might not allow enough time for blending, but other than that, any good black liner should do.
Now, take your blending brush (I’m using the MAC 217 here), and gently start buffing out the edges; your smokey look should start to take shape.
Next, proceed to line your water lines with Feline. No worries if some of your liner ends up transferring onto your lower lash lines because we’ll also be smudging that in a second.
Then, take your shader brush (I like the MAC 239), and use it to push your eyeshadow, in my case MAC Eyeshadow in Soba, directly on top of Feline. As you do so, try to concentrate most of the color along your lash lines, aiming for a gradient that slowly fades upward as it moves toward your brow bone.
Clean the blending brush you used earlier (in my case it was the MAC 217) by wiping the brush head across a paper towel, and then use it to continue buffing out the edges.
Now, grab the shader brush you used to apply Soba, and gently run it along your lower lash line to mix any leftover shadow on the brush with any liner that may have migrated to your lower lash line.
Wrap things up by filling in your brows and applying your favorite mascara to your upper and lower lashes.
That’s it! If things didn’t turn out exactly the way you hoped they would the first time you give this a try, don’t give up. Keep at it. I try new things all the time, and sometimes they don’t work out. Shoot, sometimes they’re downright disastrous, LOL! I always try to remind myself that eye makeup is like any other skill. Things get better with practice.
Oh! — a lot of the time I’ll try new looks after I work out, or before I wash my face at night. It might sound kinda wackadoo, but I figure, if I’m going to be washing my face anyway, might as well sneak in a little practice beforehand.
With looks like this one, when you start feeling confident with your technique, start experimenting, because this look is a great jumping off point for lots of other eye looks.
You could try different combinations of liners and shadows, or maybe add a darker shade on the outer third, to smoke out the look even more. I bet a thick cat eyeliner along the upper lash line, or a pair of false lashes, would look really pretty.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,