My Everyday Smoky EyeI've gotten quite a lot of emails over the last few years asking me how I apply my eye makeup. And I've been meaning to write a how-to post on my time-tested smoky eye method, but it wasn't until my high school friend Christine sent me a message on Facebook over the weekend asking for smoky eye advice that I finally broke down and put this post together.
After all, Christine, as I reminded her in my response, once told me that she wasn't good at Algebra because ... she had put an emotional block on it.
This was a girl after my own heart.
I use that term TO THIS DAY. It is good for just about everything.
So for you, Christine (and for the rest of you too, of course ...):
My Everyday Smoky Eye.
Trust me. If I can do it, ANYONE can do it!
Step One: You know that cheap stick under-eye concealer you can find at the drugstore? I started using it on my eyelids (and on the outline of my lip too, where lipstick tends to feather).
Weird, but stay with me.
Step Two: I follow up the concealer with a little pressed powder. I like M.A.C. StudioFix ($26), but you know... whatever works for you. With this base, my eyeshadow/liner stays on all day long and my lipstick doesn't feather!
Step ThreeStep Three: I brush M.A.C. eyeshadow in Brun ($14.50) on my lids and in the crease. I love this eyeshadow because you can lay it on thick and dark for nighttime wear ...
Step Four: ... Or you can blend it to a lighter shade for daytime. I just use my finger.
Step Five: My eyeliner of choice is actually M.A.C eyeshadow in Carbon ($14.50), applied along my upper lashes...
Step Five, Part Two
Notice that when I apply liner, I pull my lid taut. A friend showed me that years ago. At first, I worried that pulling on my lid each morning would give me wrinkles over time, but 10 years later, no crow's feet!
Step Six: A few months ago, I started using Cover Girl LineExact liquid liner ($5.69) for the very first time. On its own, it was too stark, but I love using it over the black powder. The powder allows me to be less "exact," and the liquid line lasts. All. Day. Long. I follow up with a little more brown shadow over the line to blend it.
Step Seven: I finish up with a little Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($4.89) and I'm good to go! With a little practice, the whole thing takes about five minutes and the only touching up I do during the day is a little StudioFix on the shiny spots.
The Smoky Eye for Dummies!
And there you have it! A smoky eye that anyone can have -- and one that will last and last and last.
What are your makeup application secrets? I'm always up for new tips!