I find myself doing similar eye looks on the daily even though I like to go out of my beauty comfort zone for my blog. I’m always asked the secret to a good smoky eye, so I decided to do the simplest prettiest one I do consistently, which is also easy enough for anyone to do. By the way, what they say is true, blending and a good fluffy brush are the keys to any smoky eye.
The Luxie 249 eye brush above is my current favorite, as I mentioned in my recent half cut crease tutorial with the Maybelline X Makeup Shayla City Mini palette. Morphe and Colourpop brushes are good inexpensive alternatives.
Morphe’s M534 Deluxe Pro Blender. $6.
The quality of shadows obviously plays a role, but not as much as your brush’s quality as you can make an okay shadow look great with primer or concealer and a good brush and technique.
I always start off by priming my lids with concealer. I use either Wet n Wild Photo Focus concealer, Bye Bye Under Eye by It Cosmetics, or Trick and Treat Concealer with Active Prooplis by Hey Honey. I love all of them for different reasons but I use Wet n Wild’s the most. This helps your shadow’s color pop and prevents it from creasing.
I then usually set my lids with a matte bone or cream colored shadow. This helps create a blank canvas and also allows your shadows’ tones to come through. Additionally, it helps prolong your shadows’ staying power, especially if you have oily lids like me.
The matte cream shade in the Rose in the Air palette by Wet n Wild. Most of the shades I used for the look are from this palette. I started off by dusting the bone shade allover the lid and then working the rusty orange shade into the crease. I took it all the way to the inner crease lightly but focused it on the outer edge.
I then used the orange brown transition shade above the orange rust color to instensify it and soften the edges. I decided on doing a solely matte look for once, as I usually do some type of shimmer on the lid, so I packed the cream shade in the inner half of the eye.
I went back and forth between the cream and the rusty orange to create a nice gradient. I then used the brown in the Maybelline X Makeup Shayla palette right under where I put the other crease shades and blended it into the other browns. I concentrated it on the outer edge to smoke it out and create a cat eye effect.
I really love how these browns paired together and the gradient effect. I also love how easy this look is to recreate. You can modify it with literally any colors. If you feel like you messed up the blending and you’re in a pinch you can always cover it up with concealer. If the damage is irreparable, then just clean it up with a makeup wipe and all will be good.
You can totally do this look with whatever tools and makeup you have, whether you’re a novice or an expert.
I love you all and hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!