Hello my lovelies :) Today marks my first ever BLOGMAS :) Part 1 features a bold smokey eye look perfect for that Christmas party you're attending <3 Finally able to fully take an advantage of new palette from Urban Decay makes me super happy! I hope you like it.
Christmas parties often come with the theme and we are lost in the ton of choices, from dresses to accessories and makeup. One thing that always stands out and suits most of your LBDs will be a good black on grey smokey eye so here we go :) This one is super easy, requires only few shades, so if you don't have Naked Smoky to play with , there are plenty of alternatives. Makeup Revolution recently released Iconic Smoky, which is a pretty great dupe and I'm reviewing it for you at the moment :)
To create this look I used:
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue in Opal mixed with L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation in Porcelain to create a light, medium to high coverage base.
I used Sleek Conceal and Correct trio in 02 to correct under eye area and to highlight high point of my face. I set my under eyes with powder from the set.
To contour I used Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour palette contour shade and white highlight shade on high points of my face. I finished up my cheeks with a little of Makeup Revolution Matte Blush in Dare. You can skip blush and go a little "harder" on contour as evening set up will "eat up" the colour of your blusher so maximise your assets by applying just a tad extra of contour and highlight instead. I love the effect of intensive highlight so I always go a little overboard, day and night ;)
For my brows I used my trusty Freedom Makeup Brow Pomade in Blonde. This £5.00 miracle is just it - amazing brow pomade at 1/3 of the price of ABH and nearly as much of Inglot's. To highlight the brow bone I used a little concealer shade from my Sleek palette and set it with matte beige shade from Contour Palette. I prefer matte highlight on the brow bone as it gives it a clean, modern look. But if you like to add a little shimmer, it's up to your imagination <3
The world is your oyster when it comes to lip choices. Go for a matte red if you're daring or as me, opt for a light, nearly translucent lipgloss. Here, my absolute face from Catrice. It's cheap and cheerful, keeps lips moisturised and it's super easy to re-apply. It also compliments the smokiness of the eye, making the eye stand out and keeping rest fairly simple :)
Playtime :) I started by priming my lid with MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. I set it all with with semi matte beige Thirteen from the Naked Smoky palette. For my transition shade I chose Combust and slowly built it up just above crease (if you're lucky enough not to be "blessed" with hooded eyes, just use it in your crease). I then proceeded to intensify my fake crease by adding up Whisky and using a very light hand. Next step is to add Password and start creating the smokiness. It's all mattes, which make for the perfect base of this whole look :). Next, I started blending the other corner with Whisky and Password mixed together. I added and blended the colours until I was satisfied with intensity. I replicated the same process on the lower lid bringing it up to the middle.
I am in love with Armor shade and knew I'd love to build a whole look around it, so I started by adding it to the centre of the mobile lid and blending it outwards. As I wasn't too crazy about intensity I took a little of Inglot Duraline on the mixing tray and started applying the shade wet. To intensify outer corner I added Black Market. It's all about adding a colour and blending, try to use a light hand as it blends easier this way. I wanted to create an illusion of a cat eye without the winged liner so I blended it all outwards creating the shape. Don't worry if you mess up a little. It's all very easy to clean up with a tad of concealer afterwards. Finally I used High in the inner corner blending it toward the middle to give the eye even more of 3d effect.
I used a mixture of Duraline and Black Market to create a line on the upper lid as well as on the waterline. I blended it out slightly afterwards. I then added Armor on the middle lower lid and blended it with High towards inner corner. I decided to add a little more shine and mixed High with Duraline and applied it over the shadow on the inner corners.
I finished the look by applying Benefit They're Real Tinted Primer and following with two coats of the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara.
Here you have it - the finished look. I really hope you like it :) It will go really well with pretty much anything as well as intensify any eye colour. Don't be afraid of black and grey if you are pale. Just ensure your under eye area is highlighted and your skin flawless. Use appropriate products for your skin type and voila, you have yourself a bold smokey eye in less than 20 minutes :)
Let me know what your plans are for Christmas parties. Is there anything you'd like me to include in my Blogmas? I will be posting as usual 4 times a week and try to include at least 2 Blogmas posts within this timeframe :)
Thank you for reading.