Sam goes to beauty school #5: smoky eye
The smoky eye is probably one of the most desired and difficult make-up looks to pull off. Our instructor Cathy explained that these days there are a lot of ways to do a ‘smoky eye’, and she was going to teach us what she believes is a ‘true’ smoky eye. Which of course could only mean one thing: black.
Smoky eye step #1
Begin your smoky eye by using a black eyeliner to fill in a semi-circle on the eyelid, starting at the outer corner and ending just shy of the inner corner of the eye. The semi-circle shouldn’t go all the way to the eye crease (where the eyeball ends), but about half a centimetre underneath it.
Smoky eye step #2
Go over the black eyeliner with a black eyeshadow. This will give it a nice matte finish. Then blend the eyeshadow so that the line from the eyeliner is less defined.
Smoky eye step #3
Next use a silver, or dark grey eyeshadow above the black eyeshadow. This time apply it all the way to the eye crease, again blending so that the line is less blurred and ‘smoky’.
Smoky eye step #4
To finish off, use a cream or white eyeshadow to highlight the inner corners of the eyes and brow bone. If your eyes are close to the underside of your brow, you can highlight the entire section between the end of the eyeshadow and the brow. Lastly, line the eye with black eyeliner and coat the lashes with mascara.
If a black smoky eye is too daring for you (or just never turns out right) you can apply these same techniques using different colours. Just start with the darkest shade, followed by a lighter shade, and finish with a white/cream shadow.
Have you ever tried a smoky eye? Could you pull off the black or would you choose a different colour?
Sam is enrolled in a Make-up Design and Application course at the Artistry of Make-up Academy in Sydney.
Photo credit: Cathy Cerovac