Black smoky eyes; sexy, glamorous and smouldering. Many people go wrong, by going too dark and potentially mimicking an image of a panda – as cute as they are!
For a classic smoky eye, be sure to check out this previous post, where I gave a step-by-step guide.
Before I began, I stuck masking tape either side of her eyes (imagine doing a line from the end of your eye, to the end of your eyebrow) and then prepped the eyelids. If you have glimpsed at my previous beauty looks (I have a specific category of them under Beauty), you may know that I always use foundation followed by loose powder – press the powder in, to prep the eyes for shadow.
The first colour I used is a cream shaded powder which covered the entire eye area. Following on from this, I pressed black gel eyeliner, just under the crease. This helps to intensify the lids.
Once blended, I went over the gel with a matte, black shadow. After it was blended, I took a matte, beige colour and with a big blending brush, swept over the crease.
Although the image is of a black, smoky eye, there are a range of colours secretly lurking. Colour is crucial, as it adds dimension and brightness. I personally would avoid using any grey – especially on darker skin colours, as it can display a washed-out effect. If you use colour though, it is wise that you also use the black gel eyeliner, as it provides the perfect base.
I decided on putting shimmery purples and taupes, along the inner crease. In addition, I put a matte, brown tone across the entire crease, a cream/beige at the inner eyelid and white, sparkling shadow, at the inner and outer corners. Inexpensive eyeshadow tends to work better for dramatic, smoky eyes, as the pigment is looser. Generally, far messier, however, the shadow can tend to be bolder.
The next step was to remove the tape and blend the edges. The final section of the eyes consisted of smudging a dark brown underneath and a shimmer below the eyebrows.
To finish off the look, I wanted the skin to be very dewy and to have a nice glow. I contoured bronzer, swept a pink onto the cheeks, with a creamy highlighter on the cheekbones. Lashings of mascara were added as well as false eyelashes. I skipped the lipliner and stuck to a nude lip with gloss.
What is your favourite kind of smoky eye and would you wear this look on a night out?