Saturday, April 14, 2012

Everything You Need To Know About Smoky Eyes

 

 What are smoky eyes?

Smoky eyes are usually dark, dramatic, sultry, and perfect for a party or a night out. What gives them the smoky affect is that they are blended out in the crease and the lower lash line. To complete this look, you generally need a primer or base (or both), mascara, at least two different shades of eyeshadow, and eyeliner. Classic smoky eyes are usually paired with a nude or neutral lip color because it blanks out the lips so that the eyes are the main focus. Contouring or blush is usually done with a light hand on the top of the cheek bones, with it's darkest area towards the outer part of the cheeks to keep the eyes the focal point. If you have dark blush, dark lips, and dark eyes it looks a little overwhelming for every day wear so it's best to stick with one dramatic part of the face at a time.

The 3 Basic Styles of the Smoky Eye:


*Note that I am not a professional by any means, this is just what I have learned the past 5 years doing makeup.
Light to dark horizontally


With this type of smoky eye, the lightest point of the eye is the inner corner, getting darker as it reaches the outer corner. This style can be very flattering on someone if their eyes are closer together because it gives the illusion that they are more further apart. If you find that you're getting raccoon eyes while attempting a smokey eye, this style might work well for you.

Dark to light vertically


http://www.temptalia.com/tutorial-black-smokey-eye

This smoky eye will be at it's darkest starting from the bottom of the lid and will get light the further it goes to the brow. With a classic smoky eye there is usually black on the lid, gray in the crease, and white or a flesh tone on the brow bone. Sometimes you'll find a shimmery or glittery light color in the inner corner as well. This style can make your eyes look smaller which works for some with large eyes but not those who have small eyes.



Colorful

http://www.MAKEUPGEEK.com/tutorials/colorful-smoky-eye/







Colorful smoky eyes are fun and perfect for spring and summer. While they might be a little too dramatic for some, they can look beautiful on just about anyone. Often times when you are are doing a multi-colored look, you have to feather the eyeshadows into one another. (If you don't know what feathering means, click here) You can also do a basic black smoky eye with just 1 bright color in one particular area like the crease, on the lower lashline, or wherever you please!

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