Friday, 28 September 2012

Smokey Eye

The smokey eye is incredibly trendy, but it's also pretty classic as well. Various points in the history of make-up have had their variation on a smokey eye, take actress'  Louise Brooks and Clara Bow in the 1920's, Marlene Dietrich of the 30's, Betty Grable of the 40's and the likes of Sofia Loren, and Brigitte Bardot of the 50's, they all rocked the smokey eye and we all know how big the smokey eye was in the 60's! It's one of those looks that keeps being reinvented and will always look glamorous.

I have lost count of the amount of times I have created a smokey eye for different clients, it is a make-up favourite yet so many people are scared to give it a go. Give it a try on a day when you are at home and don't need to go out, what's the worst that can happen, you don't like it? Take it off again, no harm done!

Nick Bunton photography

Here's a smokey eye I created on model Sarah Arnold a few years ago, it really makes her eyes stand out and look almost amber in colour. 

For a simple smokey eye you only need only 4 things, a silver/light grey shadow, a dark grey/black shadow, mascara and a black pencil liner.

Use the lightest shade of shadow all over your lid, then use a little at a time of the dark shadow and follow the crease of your eye and blend it in really well, then add just a little more on the outer corner. Use pencil liner under your eyes and in your water line and use you pinkie finger of a cotton bud to smudge it a little so it doesn't look too harsh. Add a couple of coats of mascara and your done! It really doesn't get much simpler does it? 

Once you feel more comfortable with this look you can start adding a lighter colour into the inner corner and brow bone to highlight, and even give liquid or gel liner a try. 

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