A soft & smokey eye
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I tend to stay in my little box when it comes to makeup. And I’m not typically very experimental when it comes to new eye makeup looks. On a daily basis, you can find me with a mix of soft browns, black liner, and plenty of mascara for eye makeup. If I’m doing something fancy, I may add a flick of liquid liner to the edges of my lids to create a bit of a cat eye. If I want a really smokey eye, I’ll layer on the grey shadow, and add a bit of heavier liner to my lower lash line.
And those a pretty much the three looks that I’m most comfortable doing.
Sometimes, though, I want a little bit more of an interesting eye (especially with my new found interest in nude lips), but I don’t want to always default to a smokey eye.
So I tried a soft version of a smokey eye. And I have to say, I really liked it! I didn’t feel overly “done up” for the day, and could have easily lined my inner rim to make it a bit more fancy for evening.
I love, love, love my Make Up For Ever concealer, but had never really ventured into many of their other products. I know their HD Microfinish Powder is a cult favorite, but somehow I missed out on tossing it into my basket at Sephora.
So I was thrilled when they approached me about working together on a make up look featuring their new shadows. Choosing the colors I wanted to experiment with was the hardest part!
Here is what I chose:
Below is the step by step of how I created the soft, smokey eye.
1. Start with a bit of eyeshadow primer on your lids.
1. Using a Make Up For Ever Shader brush, press Vanilla all over my lid and up to my brows.
2. Using the same brush, swipe Pearly Grey Beige all over the lid (excluding the brow bone area).
3. With a smaller brush, like the Make Up For Ever small shader brush, press Cement into the crease and outer corner.
4. Add a strong line of liquid liner to the top lash line using Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Diamond Multi Color Black
5. To soften the boldness of the liner, I like to swipe a bit of lighter shadow just above the line using a small angled brush. In this case, I dipped my Make Up For Ever Straight brush in Vanilla, and swiped it right above the liner.
7. Curl lashes with a curler and apply a few coats of the seriously lengthening Smoky Lash mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
What I love about Cement is that it’s almost a perfect mix of grey and blue. It’s a bit more interesting than just a flat grey, without being too colorful and intense. This would also be beautiful all across the lid for a really smokey eye!
Adding Vanilla right above the dark liner goes a long way in creating the “soft” smokey eye. It’s not too intense for daytime, but can easily be darkened up for something fancy!
*this post is in collaboration with Make Up For Ever