Saturday, November 20, 2010

Creating a Holiday Smokey Eye

One of my dearest friends is here for the weekend from Montreal and she is amazing at doing makeup! I asked her if she would create a Holiday Smokey Eye that I could post on the blog and she happily agreed. We documented every step for you along with photo descriptions and images of the brushes that were used to get the desired look.

We hope this will inspire you to experiment with what you have in your makeup drawer!

Step 1: With foundation and concealer, we prepped the face covering every inch with a base coat (over the eyes, cheeks, lips, etc.) as if we were going to apply makeup to the whole face. Here I am with just foundation awaiting my Holiday Smokey Eyes! As you will see, the color scheme used for my smokey eye was silver/grey. The shimmer of the silver is a nice way to add a little more Holiday glitz to your makeup routine!

Step 2: With a round brush, apply the medium shade of gray by tapping it to the whole mobile lid and halfway up the crease. Do so with the round brush seen below.
Step 3: Apply the shimmery silver color to the brow bone with the round brush again, by tapping the color in. For extra drama, you can add some to the inner corner of the eye.

Step 4: This next step requires that you use a slanted brush (as seen below). It is also a good idea to place a tissue under the eye to avoid the dark powder falling under your eye and creating a mess! So, apply the darkest shade of grey (charcoal) or black along the lash line and also halfway along the crease (outside in), as seen below.

Step 5: This is the last step in finishing off the eyes! With a round fluffier brush, blend, blend, blend by following the lash line and the crease!

Step 6: Once this is done, add your favorite mascara. For drama, add a nice voluminous black one!

Step 7: Finishing the Look. The look was finished by applying some bronzer to the top of the cheekbones, temples and jaw line (it follows the shape of an E along the side of the face). Then, smile and apply rose blush to the apples of the cheeks. Be careful not to lay it on too much...and Voila! This look will have all the people at your holiday party asking how in the world did you succeed in creating a smokey look and manage to get dinner ready as well?!!?! :)



jhitomi said...

Nicely done! Good tip about the kleenex underneath; I hate getting sparkly residue under the eye when I rush too much.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Valerie said...

Thank you, jhitomi! I hope this post has inspired you to create a beautiful smokey eye! I am going to enter you into the giveaway for commenting. Come visit us again!

Grace said...

Love this, and anything makeup art related! Thanks for the step by step with pics!! Looks beautiful!

Susanmeep said...

Wow that is so nice! I will be sure to try this for the holidays! suelee1998 @

Valerie said...

Thank you, Susan! Enjoy the holidays wearing the smokey eye look! Be sure to let us know how it turns out! I am going to enter you into the Giveaway for commenting. Check back on Dec. 3rd to see if you are a winner!


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