Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Smokey Eye Look

I was inspired to do a Smokey look last Sunday and the same inspiration came over me today :)  I thought I'd try a slightly different method and show one eye completely done and compare it to the other eye step-by-step.  Let me know what you guys think and if you prefer the other step-by-step guide with me applying the makeup to each eye at the same time.

These are the products I used but you can absolutely use whatever you have handy, this is just a method and a guide.  I used MAC's paintpot in Blackground, Stila's Kajal Eyeliner in Onyx, Stila's shadows in Pewter and Cloud, MAC's Carbon eyeshadow, and Collection 2000's Big Fake False Lash Effect mascara.  That's it! And each eye took less than 10 minutes, which included taking photos of each step.  Easy peasy :)

Before and After, bit of a difference hehe

Before and After

I started by applying Blackground onto my eyelid and blended it using my finger to slightly above the crease.  This base will make the eyeshadows more intense and will help your makeup last longer.

MAC's Paintpot in Blackground on eyelid
 The next step was to apply Pewter to the crease and blend slightly above the crease.  The key to a smokey look is blending, keep doing it and it will look great :)

Stila's Pewter applied to the crease and blended upwards

Following this, I applied Carbon to my eyelid and packed on the colour as best I could.  I took the colour slightly up into the crease to blend with Pewter.

MAC's Carbon applied to the eyelid
 Next, I took a small brush and applied Pewter just under the lower lash line, concentrating the colour on the outer corner.  I also applied Cloud to the inner corner and brought it slightly down below the eye.  I applied a very sheer wash of it to above the Pewter, but didn't bring it as far as the browbone.  It's too shimmery for that and I just wanted to bring a bit of light to the look.

Pewter under lid, Cloud in inner corner and above crease
 I took my trust Kajal liner in Onyx and lined my waterline and tightline.  It is a pet peeve of mine to do a smokey look and be able to see skin around the lash line!

Stila's Kajal Eyeliner in Onyx

Finally, I applied a coat of mascara and that was it! 

Collection 2000's Big Fake False Lash Effect Mascara

I love this look.  It makes my eyes look elongated by deepening the colour at the outer lids, upper and lower.  If you don't believe me, scroll back up to the first photo :)  I hope you enjoyed this guide and if you have any requests or suggestions, leave a comment below or email me :)



  1. Can I have your eyes pls?! The color is stunning! Black really makes them pop!

  2. hehe Thanks Tali :) I must say I am partial to the aul black eyeliner hehe Love your blog :)

  3. Looks great! Would love to do a really dark eye but it makes mine look tiny!

    I love the shape of your brows but I think they would look better if you defined them a little more for this look (even with a blonde pencil). Hope you dont mind the suggestion :-)

  4. You know what Anne-Marie? I think the exact same thing re my brows every time I am cropping the photos hehe I always forget until I'm ready to post and the makeup is off and gone hehe Will have to keep my eyebrow pencil on standby when I'm doing looks! I have a Rimmel one but not really mad on it, any suggestions?

  5. lol! I just use a crappy 17 one and set it with a clear mascara. I would love to do stronger brows but it kinda looks wrong on me. My friend has red hair and got her brows done at Smashbox recently and bought the kit off them - I had the same kit though and didnt like the powder/wax combo though.


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