Monday, December 31, 2012

The Smashbox Smokey Eye - New Year's Eve look

It's New Year's Eve and probably the last night out we'll all have for a while as it's a scientific fact that January is the longest month ever and those of us who get paid at the end of the month know exactly what I'm talking about.  So if you're going out tonight, you want to make sure you look your best and there's no better time to get your smokey eye on ladies!

I met up with the Smashbox team earlier this month and make up artist Janine Bird did the most gorgeous smokey eye on me.  I knew as soon as she was done that I'd have to buy the palette she used, but my pal CherrySue beat me to it and bought it for moi, so fanks so much Sue!  I knew that this would be a gorgeous palette for a smokey look and teamed with the Brow Tech To Go brow pencil and Full Exposure mascara, I thought I'd show you how Janine did the look on me and it's so simple.  If I can do it, so can you.

The palette is called Auto Expose and has a light pink, an ashy charcoal shade and a burgundy shade with shimmer in it.  If there was ever a palette that was made for me, this is is and it works perfectly with my eye colour but would work with most eye colours too.

Ok, let's get busy.  A quick note before starting this look is to leave the foundation until you're finished with the eyes as when you're working with dark shades like this, it can get a bit messy with fallout and you don't want to have to remove your foundation and do it again.

1. Starting off with the darkest shade, use a flat eyeshadow brush to pat the colour on all over the eyelid, not going over the crease. By patting the colour, you're making sure that the eyeshadow will stay put and also be nice and dark.  When we're doing smokey eyes, we want to go from dark to light with a nice gradient effect.

2. Before adding any colour to the crease, add a wash of the lightest shade all over the browbone and in the crease.  Doing this will help make it easier to blend the darker colour into the crease.

3.  Apply the darker shade into the crease and use circular motions to blend blend blend!  Don't bring the colour up too high as we'll be using the grey shade next.

4. Using the charcoal ash shade, start to apply it just above the crease and in to your eye socket.  The best way to know how far to blend up towards the eyebrow is to look in a mirror straight ahead with your eye open.  Apply a little and blend, then look and see how you're getting on.  You want to be able to see the medium shade when you have your eyes open.  Use a clean fluffy brush to blend this shade with the lightest one, which will give you an even gradient from the darkest shade to the lightest.

We're nearly finished already!  Take the burgundy shade right under the eyes and blend a bit of the charcoal shade in with it.  Apply a pencil liner to the upper and lower waterlines.  I didn't have a black one to hand, so I used my Avon Supershock liner in Blackberry.  Some mascara on the top and bottom lashes and there we go!

I'll be doing a separate post on the Brow Tech To Go but let me just say that it's amazing.  Look at my brows!

This really is an easy peasy smokey eye with a palette that has shot right into my favourites.  I think it might actually be my favourite palette in my stash..... At €26, it's not too expensive and the shadows are creamy, blendable and superbly pigmented.  I can't wait to add more of them to my stash!

What are you wearing on your eyes this New Year's Eve?

1 comment

  1. Wow! Looks amazing! love the reddish brown, it really brings out your eyes!
    Happy New Year :)
    xxx Marina
    beautiful me plus you by Marina Bergmann


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