Year after year, you can bet on seeing a smokey eye on almost every Fall runway; whether it be neutral and sophisticated, colorful and edgy, or even extremely Goth! We were thrilled to see that New York Fashion Week for Fall 2010 brought us a new, modern and sleek take on the smokey eye – eye shadow washed all the way to the brow bone complimented by contoured cheeks, and flawless skin.
During one-on-one consultations at our Color Studio in New York City, we often have clients who are intimidated by the application of the smokey eye and fear making mistakes. Well, fear not! You don’t have to be a Pro Makeup Artist to master the Smokey Eye Look. Chad Hayduk, Makeup Artist and Co-Founder of Three Custom Color Specialists brings you these tips to do it yourself. See how easily you can create this smokey eye with these simple steps and essential tools!
Apply our Crème Concealer/Foundation with our Concealer brush below the eyes to eliminate any darkness and onto the eyelids to create a smooth base. Pro Tip: This step helps shadow wear longer.
This modern smokey eye features a gradation of color that’s deepest at the lash lines and blended out. First, use our All Over Eye Shadow Brush to apply Cool Black Eye Shadow along the upper and lower lash lines. Next, apply Cool Smoke Eye Shadow and blend the shade up towards the brow bone. Apply a small amount of Champagne Eye Shadow near the tear duct and under the brow bone and blend. Pro Tip: For the daring, two-toned look featured on some runways, layer on a brighter shade. Try Peacock Eye Shadow or Warm Lilac Eye Shadow.
Using our Eyeliner Brush, line the inner rims of the eyes, and the upper and lower lash lines with our smooth, water-resistant Opaline Crème Eye Definer in Aurora. Blend the crème eye liner into the lashes with a small eye shadow brush with densely packed bristles, such as our Contour Brush. Pro tip: For that intense, rock star glam look, line the eyes again!
Finish the eyes with a coat of mascara and groom the brows with Tinted Brow Gel. Pro tip: A groomed eyebrow is essential for a smokey eye to look polished.
Apply Kiss My Apricot Crème to Powder Blush to the high points of the cheeks. Use Shane Sheer Lipstick for an enhanced, but sheer lip tint.
Pro tip: The eyes should be the main focus here, so keep everything else minimal.