So I know I have been slacking big time on getting this blog thing up and running, but things have been crazy lately! Also, I am really not great with technology so I’ve kind of been procrastinating too.
I really wanted to start off by explaining what it is that I love about makeup before we get to the little mini tutorial I have planned for today. When I was a kid I liked the idea of becoming someone else. I lived vicariously through my barbies and my friends and the girls I saw in movies, until i discovered what makeup was at the ripe old age of five. I got my first “play makeup kit” around that age and i went nuts! My mom wouldn’t let me wear it to school, so i smuggled lipsticks and blushes in my backpack and put them on in the bathroom before class. Of course i resembled a clown more than anything else, but in my own head i was Christmas Barbie or Celine Dion or Posh Spice.
As I’ve gotten older, makeup has somewhat the same appeal to me. When I wake up in the morning i look like some sort of marshmallow that has been stretched in some places and extra puffed in others, and trust me guys, it’s not a good look. So I’ve been learning as much as I can about ways to improve my general appearance by watching tutorials and experimenting and figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t. It is absolutely amazing what makeup can do! I can go from waking up as the Stay Puft marshmallow man to transforming myself into someone who has cheekbones, eyelashes and eyebrows! For me, being able to change my appearance from day to day is a high like no other substance could ever give me. Its like creating a whole new person or a work of art every 24 hours and it makes me feel powerful and in control of my life.
So I’m going to show you one of my favorite looks right now; the smoky eye. I wish i had a video to put up, but this time all i have are pictures, so bear with me as we go step by step. Next time I will try to find the time to make a real tutorial, and ideas for what you’d like to see (if anyone even reads this haha) would be great!
Alright, so I told you how I look in the morning, but if you didn’t believe me, here is what I have to work with when I start:
Not the greatest. My goal when I see this in the mirror is to bring some definition to my face and some color. So I’ve hunted down the products that work best for me, but here is a little bit of a guide for you if you happen to be looking for new products or colors or if you’re new to makeup in general. For blue eyes: anything gold, bronze or brown will make your eyes pop. Think about the color wheel. Opposites on the color wheel have the most contrast to each other, therefore they make each other stand out. Now, technically orange is across from blue, but nobody really wants to use orange eye makeup, so we soften it down to bronze and gold. For green eyes: Purple is your contrasting color, but make sure to use softer shades. I personally like plums and lavenders, depending on whether you want a day or night look. Dark browns are also good and you can mix those with bronze sometimes for a little extra sparkle. The worst thing a green eyed person can do is wear green eye makeup, just trust me on this. Brown eyes have it the easiest. You lucky ducks have the entire color wheel at your disposal, the only thing I would say is don’t use anything that is pink or red because it tends to make you look like you’ve been crying.
These are the products I’ve found that work best for me:
It’s a mixture of drug store brands and higher end stuff. I’m not really picky about how much something costs or who formulated it, just so long as it works well.
I’m going to take it step by step through the process of creating a dark, smoky eye and then I’ll show pictures of the result at the end.
First step: I like to do all of my eye makeup before i start in on my base foundation or anything else. The reason is that, especially with dark shadows, you get some little pieces that fall under your eyes and if you’ve already put on your concealer and foundation, they’ll become discolored and you’ll have to start all over again. I like to prime my lids with my color tattoo cream eyeshadow. I have it in “bad to the bronze.” I don’t use a real eyeshadow primer because I’ve found this works just as well and I don’t have to buy something else to make my makeup stay where its supposed to. Also, a little of the bronze will show through whatever you put on top and I think it creates a nice depth of color.
Second step: Once I have my cream shadow on (just barely above the crease in my eyelid) I take a black shadow to my lash line. Now, black can be really harsh, so I only use it when I’m doing a smoky eye because I know i’ll be layering colors and it’ll get softened out. I use studio gear shadow in “ebony” and i just use a blending brush to apply it from my lash line up until it almost hits my crease, but not quite. Make sure that there is a good layer of color from the inside corner of your eye to the outer edge.
Third step: I take a dark brown shadow over the same area I just put my black shadow to soften it a bit. I use Covergirl for this in the shade “brown smolder.” Once I’ve softened the black, I take the brown up into my crease, using back and forth “windshield wiper” motions.
Fourth step: After applying the dark colors, I find a neutral shade to blend the entire thing together. I have a little Wet ‘n’ Wild shade called “nutty” which is a really soft, almost dusty tan. I take that from right under my eyebrow all the way down to my lash line and just blend in circular motions to soften everything.
Fifth step: Eyeliner. I like liquid liners with a thin brush because they give the most definition, but you could really use whatever black liner you’re comfortable with. Once I’ve lined all along my lashes, I like to make a little bit of a cat eye, which is a simple matter of continuing your eyeliner out and up past the edge of your lashes. ( I use NYX liquid black liner).
Sixth step: Here is where I pause with the eyes and define my brows. Instead of spending a lot more money on an actual brow comb, I just use a $1.00 toothbrush from the grocery store to comb through my brows to get them in place. Then I start with a brow pencil ( the best I’ve found is from NYX called “pushup bra for eyebrows” double sided pencil) and I define the front edge of my brows. Always stick to your natural shape. I have noticed that when I try to change them too much, my eyebrows become a disaster. I like to lay down a thin layer of pencil just to define the natural shape of my brows and then go over it with a powder to fill in and match my hair color. You can use either a brow powder or an eyeshadow for this, but make sure the one you pick is close to your natural shade. Once they’re filled in, i comb through one more time with a little hairspray on my toothbrush to keep them in place. After this I’ll curl my lashes and apply mascara only to the top. ( I use Covergirl Lash Blast mascara in very black)
So at this point my eyes have gone from this:
Seventh step: At this point, you can brush off any excess shadows that have fallen and start applying your foundation. I use my fingers to apply here, because I don’t like the way sponges soak up all my product and i feel like a foundation brush leaves little noticeable marks. The best foundation I’ve found is from NARS. It’s the sheer matte formula and for me I’m shade “light 1,” which basically means I’m the palest person they could fathom. I apply my foundation all over my face, leaving the space just under my eyes alone because that’ll be for concealer later.
Eighth step: After foundation comes powder, to set your makeup so it will stay all day. I use whatever is palest, lately it’s been E.L.F.’s High Definition powder ($6.00 at target!!). Once that’s on, use a fluffy face brush to remove any excess.
Ninth step: This is where I contour my face. Now, contouring can be very confusing and sometimes hard to catch on to, so i’ll slightly explain it but next time i’ll do a video that will hopefully show all this a bit better. I use a bronzer for this. Bronzers have been the bane of my existence because for someone as pale as me, they always look too dark and fake and just plain stupid. I finally figured out how to use a light hand and a light shade just in a few places and it makes a world of difference! I use a bronzer from Covergirl in the lightest shade they have. Just use a smaller face brush and apply this right beneath your cheekbones, right above your temples and then blend downward. I take some bronzer to my neck and ears as well so that it looks more natural. BLENDING IS KEY here.
Tenth step: After contouring, I go in with my concealer to lighten under my eyes. I go from the inside corner of the eye down to the base of the nose and then back up to the outside corner of the eye to create a triangle shape. Fill that in and then blend outward into your foundation. This literally can change your whole face. It’s amazing what getting rid of the dark corners of your eyes will do! I use the Magic Lumi concealer pen from Loreal in “fair.”
Eleventh step: Defining the lower lash line. I leave this until after I have my concealer because i don’t want to layer concealer over dark makeup. It would make my eyes look puffier and more tired. Here I take a gel 24 hour liner from Maybelline in “deep black” and line the inner rim of my lower lash line. Then I use my cream eyeshadow in bronze from before, and use a thin brush the make a line right on my lashes. I think this just gives a little pop to the blue. After lining, use a waterproof mascara to go over the lower lashes and the eyes are done!
Twelfth step: After this its a simple matter of blush and hi lighting. I use a pale pink blush with a little peachy tint from Covergirl again, called “classic pink” and just take it directly on the cheekbones, slightly blending with the bronzer i put under. If you smile, you can see the round part of your cheek that lifts; that’s called the apple of your cheek. Start there and then blend outward along the cheekbones toward the hairline. To hi light, I take “Watt’s Up” from Benefit, which comes in a roll up stick, and make a line right under my eyebrows and a line right above my cheekbones. then just pat a fingertip on top to blend. This brings so much light to your face, its crazy! I love this stuff.
Last step: Lastly, I just put some clear chapstick on my lips because with a smokier eye, i don’t like to go overboard.
End result looks something like this:
If anyone read this, thanks for taking the time! I promise next time I’ll get it together on the video thing and all this will probably make a lot more sense! Sorry it was so long 😉