There’s nothing better than a sultry smoky eye for a night out and last night was date night! As I was wearing black I wanted to add a twist on the classic black smoky eye and opted for a blue to really make my green eyes pop.
When creating a smoky eye I always apply my foundation first as you tend to get a lot of fall down on to your face and its quite difficult to clean up without looking like a panda.
I started by applying Collections black gel liner all over the lid to give the shadow something to stick too and then went ahead and put Front Covers Deep Lake Pigment on top in a patting motion and then blended with a fluffy blending brush. Next I added they grey shade from Bourjois eye shadow trio in Gris Dandy up to the crease as the transition colour then used Mac eye shadow in Malt to highlight the brow bone. In the waterline I used a grey eyeliner- Any grey eyeliner will do.
At this point I then applied my primer (Smashbox), foundation (MAC SFF) and concealer (Bobbi Brown) before I started underneath the eye. On my lower lash line I used a Lancôme pencil in the shade Curaco Turquoise as a base and then went over this with a black shadow from the Sleek storm palette. To blend this I used the same eye shadow used on the lid and for an extra bit of sparkle I applied Benefit Mint Julep on the lid of my eye. To finish my smoky eye I added some false lashes my favourite ones are by Eye Candy.
Next up was brows and I used Mac Spike Pencil and a sweep of Mac Brow Gel in Showoff to keep my brows in place.
When wearing a dramatic smoky eye I prefer to use a more neutral shade on the cheeks and lips so I opted for Mac’s Give Me Sun Bronzer for a strong contour and Warm Soul Blush. On the lips I used Mac Hue Lipstick which is my favourite nude lipstick as it has a nice peachy tone.
To complete the look I used Mac Soft & Gentle Highlighter on the tops of the cheeks, down the nose and cupids bow and set with a little Mac Studio Fix Powder!
And there you have it…
I think this is a really great look for a night out and was really happy with the results.
Highlighting & Contouring is hugely popular at the moment thanks to Kim Kardashian who is a pro at this technique. I would just like to say that I am not a Makeup Artist but I do have a few hints and tips along with some of my favourite products which I use for creating the highlighted/contoured look.
I’ll start with contouring, for those of you that don’t know contouring in simple terms is basically creating a shadow,for example creating the illusion of higher cheekbones or slimming down the nose. As I have quite a round face I personally like to use contouring to sculpt my cheekbones and slim down the face.
There are lots of products on the market for contouring but I find the best are matte bronzers-No sparkle allowed! My favourites would have to be Diego Dalla Palma Tanning Cake or Benefit Hoola Bronzer. My skin ranges from NC20-NC41 depending on the time of year and I find that these products are the perfect shade to create a shadow without being too dark or looking mucky. I also have the Chanel Soleil Tan cream bronzer which is also lovely and would work well with someone with a lighter skin tone.
I apply my bronzer after my foundation and before my powder I like to use and angled brush either the BK04 by Crown Brush or a Mac 168. If I’m using a cream bronzer such as the Chanel I would use the Real Techniques Contour Brush. To create a contoured look I suck in my cheeks so that I can see the hollow of my cheeks and gently build up a shadow pushing the product back into my hairline so that there is a visible line.
I then take my Bobbi Brown blush brush and gently blend away the line and also apply bronzer to any other areas that the sun may naturally hit such as the top of the forehead. I then apply my powder to set my foundation and also blend away any harsh lines.
Some people like to contour their nose to give the illusion of a slimmer nose, if you’re wanting to do this I would recommend taking a fluffy blending brush such as the MAC 217 and gently running the bronzer either side of the bridge of your nose.
Contour using Diego Dalla Palma Bronzer
Highlighting is used to lift and brighten the face, there are various different products you can use to highlight and my favourites consist of using concealer,a highlighting pen and also a powder highlighter. Kimmy K has this one nailed and looks absolutely flawless however her technique is quite time consuming and involves a lot of blending which I certainly don’t have time for in the mornings.
Kimmy K- Queen of contouring
My Highlighting Routine
To highlight I first of all like to apply concealer on my under eye area I do this using either my ring finger and gently tap to blend or using a Mac 188 brush. My favourite products for my under eye area are Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Peach, Mac Pro-longwear Concealer (NC20) & Mac Mineralise Concealer (NW30) to name a few. I will do a post on my favourite concealers later this week. I then apply a highlighter on the cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose,cupids bow and on the forehead fanned out as shown in my picture below. I like to use a highlighting pen such as Mac Prep +Prime Light Boost, Touche Éclat, Rimmel Wake Me Up (Soft Beige) or the Mac Lustre Drops which is a liquid highlighter and perfect for nights out. I blend all of this in with a real techniques buffing brush.
To finish off I apply blusher to the apples of the cheeks and Mac Soft & Gentle Mineralise Skin Finish on the top of the cheekbones and down the centre of the nose.
I know I don’t look quite as good as Kimmy K but this is simple way to create the highlighted/contoured look perfect for beginners who are wanting to have a go at contouring.