For times when you want a little bit more from your makeup, a smokey eye look is glamorous and flattering, plus easier than you may think to achieve at home. There are a couple of rules to follow to make sure your look doesn’t smudge and turn into panda eyes! It is about getting just the right amount of drama to still enhance your natural beauty. And yes, this look can be achieved using natural, toxin-free products! I used mainly INIKA Organic Makeup.
With a potentially messy eye makeup where fallout can occur, it’s best to start with the eyes so you can clean up and spill before applying your foundation.
Start with a black or charcoal cream eyeshadow all over the eyelids. This will provide your base and help set your makeup for a longer lasting, smudge-free finish. Next apply a dark eyeshadow powder, which matches your cream shade, preferably a charcoal, over the top of your cream shadow. Next use a medium brown eyeshadow powder to blend above the eyelid, following the shape of the brow.
Next apply a black eyeliner to the waterline (of your lower lash line) and finish the eye look with mascara. You want to keep the drama on the eyelid, and not below the eyes, since that can be too much, which is why it is best to apply the eyeliner just to waterline for this look. I also added a touch of silver pigment to the centre of the eyelids, brow bones and the corner of the eyes. Adding an element of light, is particularly flattering for brown eyes. For shorter lashes, individual falsies can be added.
Clean up any smudges under the eyes, and apply your foundation. For a lightweight, luminous look, mix a liquid highlighter in with your foundation.
Next use bronzer to contour the skin, and highlighter in all the right places (upper cheekbones, cupid’s bow, tip of the nose, etc.)
Groom brows using a soft comb and fill in any gaps with a brow pencil.
Choose a nude lipstick or gloss of your choice. If going for a matt finish, lipstick is best. Matt lips will contrast nicely with the luminosity of your skin.
A top tip for achieving your perfect nude is to conceal the lips first.
Finding this look too tricky to do at home? Book in for a makeup lesson with me, and I will help you master smokey eye makeup every time.