A friend of mine recently confessed to me that applying eyeshadow for special events gave her the heebie-jeebies. In fact, she said it was one of her least favorite daily to-dos and finds applying eyeshadow about as easy as spoon feeding chili to Gandhi. Apparently, this is a common opinion, especially for the “smoky eye” look.
If you find yourself knee-deep in Post Traumatic Stress after each attempt to nail this very popular style, look no further, I have found your remedy. In reality, achieving the “smoky eye” look is easier than it sounds (or looks). First, you have to allow yourself some time to practice and a spacious area (let’s leave the car for transportation purposes). Next, you are going to need a base makeup such as a concealer or a creamy base that matches your skin color. Apply this makeup all around the eyes (where you intend to put the eyeshadow.) Eye liner is crucial to a good smoky look since it is what directly accents the eyes. Liquid could work well, and even pencil, but I have found that using a dark eyeshadow is a better choice since it can be thicker and looks more “shadowy.” Be sure to apply liner on the bottom and tops of your eyes to really make it stand out. Tip: If you lift your eyelid with your finger and apply eyeliner under the eyelashes (in the lining of their root), it gives a more dramatic look. Then, of course, there’s the eyeshadow to figure out. Any color can be used for the smoky look, just be sure to focus on using two colors: a dark and lighter hue. Apply the light color, such as a nude or shimmering cream, on the inner part of the eyes, extending up to the crease of the eye towards and around the eyebrow. Apply the darker color on the bottom of the eye (horizontally across) the edge of the eye, blending it with the lighter color.
The art of perfect eyeshadow is an ancient practice, extending as far back as the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. It hasn’t changed much as far as how much is applied to the eye, so if you want to look chic remember to keep it simple. Girl, Nefertiti didn’t get no play by spreading her kohl (ancient eyeliner) all over her face.