Creating a smokey eye effect can be tricky-especially around the under eye region-If you don’t do it right it can make you look tired. Smokey eye can look great on everyone and suits all eye colors and skin tones. It can be worn in the day or night depending on how dramatic you want it to look.
Want to know how to nail the smoky eye? Hold onto your hats because I’m about to tell you…
The secret? *It’s all in the blending Gritties. *Creepy voice.
To create the perfect smoky eye, start by applying an eyeshadow base to your lid like Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eyeshadow Base, $16 (www.esteelauder.com). This color is transparent or matched to the tone of your skin but makes your shadow last longer without creasing. Next, apply a light shade of silver all over the lid starting from the inner corner of the eye working your way out.
Now, take a slightly darker shadow like a gun metal shade and apply it using an eyeshadow brush from the middle of each lid working your way out. Estee Lauder-Pure Color-Five Color Eyeshadow Palette in Film Noir, $48 (www.esteelauder.com) is great because it contains all the shadows you need in one easy palette.
Lastly, take a black or dark navy shadow and apply only to the outer corners of the lids. This blending effect not only creates the perfect smoky eye but the lighter shades in the inner conner will give the appearance of wider and brighter eyes. Killer, huh?
Now, here’s the tricky part friends. Using a small eyeshadow brush, very lightly line the bottom lid using the dark shadow on the outer rim with the gun metal grey on the inner rim along the lash line.
You’ll see, if you use only black to line the bottom of the eyes, you can make your eyes appear smaller or tired.
After applying the eye makeup, then clean up with Q-Tips, or eye makeup remover to keep it looking polished.
For mascara try Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara in Black, $22 (www.esteelauder.com).
Oh Gritty Pretty, you can be such a smart ass sometimes.