ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE MESSY
Apply a dark eyeshadow directly over your primed lid, and build the pigment up over the entire lid. Be careful not to go over the area where your lid creases, but otherwise this is a really messy step that requires almost zero effort.
If you want to intensify the pigment, you can apply a dark cream shadow as a base, then apply that same dark powder eyeshadow on top. Build up the pigment to your desired intensity, and move on to the next step!
TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE: HIGHLIGHT & BLEND
At this point, the look is still a bit messy, but there’s no need to panic! Just apply a nude eyeshadow in the area between the eyebrow and where the dark eyeshadow stops. Start at the eyebrow and move downwards as you apply. This way you’re highlighting your brow bone and blending the eyeshadow at the same time, not bringing the dark eyeshadow further up than it needs to be.
Slightly blend the area, where the light and dark eyeshadows touch, in small circular motions, as well as “windshield wiper” motions. Now it’s time to perfect that blend!
BLEND UNTIL YOU GET A SLIGHT ARTHRITIS IN YOUR WRIST
This is the part that makes it all come together. Pick a transition shade that is just slightly darker than your skin tone and go right in with it in the crease. Blend until you get a lovely gradient in the crease, using the same motions as in the previous step.
When you want to take a day look to a night look instantly, the simplest way to do it is to smoke out the lower lashline. Gradually build up the intensity, as you did on the upper lid, and blend as you go.
If you’re feeling particularly glamorous, add a shimmery dark eyeshadow both on the lid and lower lashline. That way, the smokey effect is still there, but the shimmery particles will still catch the light and bring out your eyes even more.
The inner corner highlight is a neat little trick that makes you look fantastic in real life and in flash photography. If you want it to stay on longer, apply a cream based shimmery eyeshadow first, then a powder eyeshadow (or a pigment) on top. This will make your eyes pop and give you that “I-slept-all-night” look we all want. The best part is that this is the simplest and quickest trick ever!
WORK THAT BROW
To really bring the look together, accentuate your brows as well. Eyebrows can frame your face beautifully when they are done right, so do them slowly if you’re not used to doing them.
Begin with hair-like strokes at the arch of your brow and start filling in sparse areas towards the tail of your brow. Once you’ve deposited most of the product, you can start flicking little hairs in the front of the brow with less product on the brush. That way it’s easier to blend and it looks more natural and less boxy. If you want darker brows for a night look, apply more pigment gradually in the same order as before.
DOUBLE THE DRAMA
With smokey eyes, tightlining is a technique that helps hide the skin that tends to peek out from in between the lashes. Go in with a black kohl or kajal in your waterline, then wiggle it between your lower lashes. This does close off the eye a bit, but really brings out that sexy smokey eye look that is absolutely perfect for a night out. Optionally, you can also tightline your upper lashline and see how that works for you.
Always remember that there are different tips and tricks that apply to some eye shapes better than others. If you need any personal advice, don’t be a stranger and ask us!
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