Smokey eye is the most classic evening party look and quite easy to achieve. If you mastered the art of basic blending, you should have no troubles re-creating it. I choose classic shades of charcoal navy and neutral and warm toned browns which suit every eye colour and complexion, but you can change the shades to suit your individual needs. If you'd like to know how I created this classic evening look, please keep reading.
I wanted to keep the base as natural looking as possible with the heavy eyes, so I opted for long lasting creams, as powders can really cake up in summer temperatures. After moisturising I primed my face with Nivea Post Shave Balm. It's a perfect primer, it keep the foundation intact throughout the day or a long night. I applied the L'Oreal True Match Foundation (old formula) in Rose Ivory with a damp Beauty Blender. This trick not only blends the foundation in perfectly but it's also super refreshing in the heat. I find the combination of Nivea and True Match to be a super lasting for my dry skin, but use the products you know work best for your skin type.
With the smokey eye you want to keep your undereye circles at bay, so concealer is a must. This time I used my old time fave Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer in Ivory as it's super light and hydrating and works really well with True Match foundation. I used a tiny amount of powder to set the eyes, as it stops the product from creasing.
For my contour I used an Oval Brush to blend in the L'Oreal Sculpt Contouring Palette. To keep it all in creams, I used Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush in 03 and blended it in with the fingers. Both of the products blend super well, so if you prefer blending in with your fingers, I can honestly recommend these. For a touch of highlight I went with Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Kitten Shimmer. The champagne shade suits most fair to light medium skin tones and it can be builded up to wow effect.
I skipped powder almost entirely and opted in for some fixer instead. I used NYX Dewy Setting Spray all over my face, which not only fixes the makeup in place but also provides a nice refreshing feeling. I recommend keeping it in your purse to refresh the makeup throughout the night (or day).
Smokey eye doesn't mean having to use 100s of products and I kept mine fairly simple. I choose No7 Stay Perfect Shade & Define Eyeshadow Stick as a base and smudged it with a fluffy brush all over the eyelid and just above the crease (trick for the hooded eyes: to make them appear bigger, make sure the product is blended higher than your crease). This shade worked perfectly to also intensify the pigmentation of the shades. I started with a Urban Decay Naked Smoky Smolder all over the lid and in the crease. I applied it with a flat synthetic brush to pack on the colour. Then used Black Market to intensify the outer corner. I repeated those steps for the lower lid as well. To smoke it out and blend the shades I used Zoeva Cocoa Blend and started with Substitute For Love in the crease and above to blend out any harsh lines. You want to really smoke it out so I went back and forth with the shade and repeated that with a lower lash line. I then added Freshly Toasted to add the depth and intensity to the crease, concentrating at the outer corner of the crease and using lighter strokes the more I blended towards the inner corner. Again I repeated those steps at the lower lash line just below the charcoal navy shade (UD Smolder and Black Market). I used High from UD Smoky palette in the inner corners. I smudged a little of Clinique Quickliner in Black on the upper lash line and finished off the eyes with two coats of No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara and some falsies.
Brows add a real definition to all your features and this time I used Inglot AMC Brow Pomade in 12 and applied it using a synthetic brush.
I opted for pinky mauve nude for my lips and chose Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in Baci, which is one of my absolute faves in liquid lips department.
I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial and the finished look. I was heavily inspired by the look created by a Polish Vlogger Zmalowana (click here for the Youtube video) and wanted to recreate it on myself. I changed the products and shades used to suit my skin tone a little better and couldn't even think of doing a smokey without using the palette which was created for this reason alone. Naked Smoky is by far my favourite out of the Naked palettes and provides me with all the cool toned shades I sometimes lack in my predominately warm toned collection. Warm tones work very well in the crease and above it and take out the harshness of the navy/charcoal lid. This is a fairly classic eye and most lip colours should suit it. I opted for nude as it gives this look even more of a classic feel. Red will also look great so if you're feeling extra brave, go for it!
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