Hello again lovely readers!!:)
Today we are going to delve into a real tutorial. Step-by-step I'm going to show you how I achieve my go-to smokey eye, it's neutral, all from one palette, and easy to wear! I hope you all will stick around to see how I achieve my Day Time Smokey Eye, read on to see how:
I always start by priming my eyes with my Elf Eyelid Primer ($1). You can use whatever primer you like best, I just find this one works really well for me and is waaaaaay more affordable that UD Primer Potion. For this look, depending on my mood, sometimes I'll put a tape line like I did here to create a crisp edge and sometimes I won't, it's up to you!
Now for this entire look I'm going to be using my Lorac PRO palette ($42), the colors are so buttery soft, pigmented, and blend beautifully. To start the look i took the shade "Mauve" on a Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush. I buffed this into my crease all the way from inner-to-outter, I want this to be really soft, it will be used as a transition shade.
Now, I'm going to take "Taupe" and gently build it up in the crease using my Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush. For this look I'm going to put the color more concentrated in the inner and outter crease (almost how you'd usually define your outter "v", I'm going to do that to the inner crease too) and put a pop of light in the middle of the lid. This doesn't have to be super dark or defined yet, we're just looking to add some depth to outline the "middle lid" color we'll add later on.
After subtly defining that crease-area we're going to go back in with "Sable" and just add some more depth to that same area. I'm sayin' we're gonna lay Sable in the exactly same places you put Taupe, we're adding dimension people! Don't go nuts here, just build up to the darkness you desire, I opted not to go super smokey.
We're basically working our way down the color spectrum here, lightest to darkest. Meaning that now we are going to use "Espresso", the darkest brown in the palette, on the same brush (or a pencil brush if you have one would be preferable) and very carefully define the outer V. Be careful here, you don't want to make your eyes appear any smaller or muddy up the look! Make sure the entire look so far appears nice and blown out and softened, no harsh lines.
Then you want to dip your finger into "Lt. Gold" and PAT it onto the center of your lid where we've left it blank this far. Using your finger helps the colors have more intense payoff with virtually zero fallout.
I highlighted my tear duct and brow bone with "Nude" from the palette and a very light hand, nothing insane. Apply some mascara and eyeliner as you wish (I just did mascara because my eyelashes disappear if I use liner) and that's the completed look!
The products I used for the rest of my face are;
1) Colorgirl Tru Match foundation in L3
2) Hard Candy Brows Now! in Light Brown
3) Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Translucent
4) Flower by Drew Berrymore blush/bronzer duo in Shimmering Goddess (used the matte bronzer for contouring)
5) Elf Eyelid Primer
6) Blending Sponge (not sure what brand it is, I got it at TJ Maxx ages ago)
7) Milani Blush in Delizioso Pink
8) Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer in Light
I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did making it! If any of you have an requests as to looks you'd like to see tutorials of just comment below and I'd be more than happy to get them up asap. I'm serious, don't be shy, let me know!
Thanks so much for reading, come back again soon for swatches and review of Lorac PRO 2, Nyx Matte Lipsticks, and more!