Sunday, November 23, 2014

Look of the Day: Fall Smokey Eye

I mentioned that I was loving MAC's Coppering eyeshadow in my October Favorites, and I still am. I was inspired by this super fall-appropriate color to create a smokey eye in all the perfect shades for the changing season. This warm toned, neutral, copper-ish smokey eye will work on every skin tone and every eye shape. The technique is pretty standard for a smokey eye, but I really loved the color combination. I loved it so much as I was doing it that I just kept going with more colors. In the step-by-step guide I'll put below, I will tell you where you can stop if you want to, and where I just kept going.

It looks like a lot, but I promise it's easy!

1) Start with a clean, moisturized face
2) Apply an eyeshadow primer like Urban Decay's all over the eye area
3) Pack MAC Naked Lunch all over the eyelid
4) Buff Make Up For Ever eyeshadow in 536 into and above the crease as a transition shade
5) Use windshield wiper motions to blend MAC Texture into crease, and then go just above it with a bit of MAC Coppering. Use a clean fluffy brush to blend it all out so there are no harsh lines between the colors and they all start to smoke out together
6) Pat MAC Swiss Chocolate onto the outer third of the lower lid, and again, blend.
7) OPTIONAL: Pat some Make Up For Ever eyeshadow in 608 on top of that Swiss Chocolate to bring some red tones into that warm brown. This makes a gorgeous combination, especially on green eyes. You can go back in and add more of any color that you like, or that in the blending process may have kinda gotten lost.
8) Pat Make Up For Ever eyeshadow in 124 in the inner corner, going just slightly along the lower lash line, about the space from inner corner to the iris
9) Take a pencil brush and messily buff MAC Texture under the eye, all the way around and connect it to the outer corner of Swiss Chocolate
10) Take a flat liner brush and MAC Swiss Chocolate along the lower lash line, right against the lashes. There will still be Texture below it, but they will kind of smudge together as well.
11) Put a little MAC Naked Lunch under the brow, above the crease color
12) Take a clean, big, fluffy brush and go in circular motions all over the top lid and crease. The key to a smokey eye is to blend, and keep blending. Each color we used should kind of fade into the next, and have no lines between them.
13) Apply black gel eyeliner to the top lash line in whatever shape you prefer
14) Curl your lashes and apply mascara to top and bottom
15) Fill in your brows. With a smokey eye they can be pretty strong.

Products Used 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Original
MAC Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in M536
MAC Eyeshadow in Texture
MAC Eyeshadow in Coperring
MAC Eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in 608
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in 124
MAC Fluidline Eyeliner in Blacktrack
Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe
MAC 219 Pencil Brush
MAC 208 Angled Brow Brush (for Fluidline)
MAC 217 Blending Brush
Sephora Collection Pro Shadow Brush #14
Sephora Collection Classic Crease Brush #73
Sephora Collection Pro Crease Brush #10

If you want any more detail on how I did it, what I used, what's on the rest of my face, anything, let me know and I will be happy to share!!

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