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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Funky smokey make-up

In love with smokey eyes, but want to give it a twist? One way is to switch up the colors - blues, browns, greys, etc. Another way is sticking to the traditional colors, but adding some color into the concoction~


You'll need:

  • eye shadow base (cream product) in a neutral color or one that matches the color of your smokey eye
  • brow product (pencil / powder / shadow)
  • 3 shades/colors that you would normally use for the basic smokey eye (I normally use browns)
  • any "funky" color that you like, i.e. greens, blues, pinks, oranges (whatever that matches your smokey color but still pops out)
  • black liner product (shadow / pencil /  liquid)
  • mascara in black or similar color to the "funky" color
  • concealer (salmon-toned for eye circles)
  • foundation
  • powder to set concealer and foundation
  • brown-toned blush
  • [OPTIONAL] false lashes

For reference, here's what I used in sync with what I wrote above:
  1. shu uemura Cream Eye Shadow in Beige
  2. TheFaceShop Automatic Eye Brow Pencil in Black
  3. Shade #3, #53 and #60 from the 120 palette
  4. Shade #15 from the 120 palette
  5. Shade #9 from the 120 palette
  6. MaxFactor False Lash Effect mascara in Black
  7. TheBodyShop Oil-Free Balancing Foundation in Shade 05
  8. Maybelline Clear Smooth Aqua Gel Foundation in 12 Natural
  9. Pigeon Compact Baby Powder in Beige
  10. Bobbi Brown Blush in Blushed

The main focus of this look are the eyes, so keep the lips neutral and the blush light. I just used some tinted lip balm for the lips. The blush product is used as a contouring product, hence the skin-toned shade.

Here are the steps (I apologize for the lack of pictures, but I'll try to put in some pictures in the next tutorial):
  1. Since the eye make-up is going to be dark, it would be logical to apply the eye make-up first, then the face make-up. Apply your base all over the eye, all the way up to the brow bone.
  2. Using the medium shade for the smokey eyes, apply this to 3/4 of the inner eye.
  3. Take the dark shade for the smokey eyes, and gently blend onto the outer-V and into the crease for a more defined effect. Apply some on the outer 1/3 of the lower lash line as well.
  4. Take the lightest shade (preferably a beige or white) for the smokey eye and apply it onto the brow bone, blending downwards into the dark shade.
  5. Using an angled brush, take the funky color and use it to thickly line the upper lash line, winging it out slightly.
  6. Take your black liner and tight-line your eyes (apply product only at the base of the lashes).
  7. Curl your lashes and apply mascara thickly. Apply false lashes if desired.
  8. Take your brow product and lightly fill in the sparse areas, darkening only the outer part of the brow.
  9. Use a fan brush and sweep away any fall-outs from the eye shadow application.
  10. Take your concealer and conceal your eye circles, blending gently.
  11. Apply your foundation, taking care to blend well.
  12. Set foundation and concealer using a large fluffy brush, taking a little product at a time and gently patting it onto the skin.
  13. Make a fish face, and starting from the ears, apply the blush toward the corners of the mouth. Do not apply it too close to the mouth to keep things natural.

This look is actually quite simple, the challenging part is getting all the blending and balancing right. Hope you enjoyed this~

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