Smoky Eyeshadow: Forever Fashionable

November 27th, 2009

Smoky eyeshadow


“The secret to creating a smoky eye is layering and blending. Layer dark colors over light and blend well.”

“This look is not only reserved for those with blue eyes. Simply adjust the tone and intensity to suit your eye color and complexion.”

Step-by-step instructions!

Applying Benefit Some Kind-a Gorgeous

Applying Benefit Boi-ing concealer

1). Cleanse, tone and moisturize the skin.

2). For a natural-looking complexion, blend Benefit Some Kind-a Gorgeous foundation over the face with your fingertips.

3). To even out the skin tone, apply Benefit Boi-ing concealer where needed (i.e. beneath the eye, over the eyelid, and on any imperfections) with a concealer brush(a), and then blend by patting it into the skin with your fingertip.

4). Next, to set the foundation and concealer, take a matte translucent powder(b) on a large, fluffy powder brush(c) and dust it over the face.

5). To make your lashes appear longer, curl them with eyelash curlers(d).

Applying Benefit Smokin’ Eyes

6). Use the lightest-colored eyeshadow in the Benefit Smokin’ Eyes kit (pink) as a base, and blend it over the eyelid with a soft, fluffy eyeshadow brush(e).

7). Then, to add depth, take the mid-toned eyeshadow from the Benefit Smokin’ Eyes kit (pewter) and press it onto the outer two-thirds of the eyelid with a firm, flat eyeshadow brush(f). To build up a strong layer of color, use the flat side of the brush and repeatedly pat the shadow onto the lid. Next, to make the eyes smolder, use a soft, fluffy eyeshadow brush(e), and blend the pewter shadow over the eyelid and through the crease, using a combination of back-and-forth strokes and circular motions.

8). It’s time to get smoky! Take the darkest eyeshadow in the Benefit Smokin’ Eyes kit (charcoal) on a flat, dense-bristled eyeshadow brush(g), and using a patting motion, press it over the outer third of the eyelid; then, blend backward and forward, and round and round, with a soft, fluffy eyeshadow brush(e) until you achieve the desired effect.

Applying Benefit BADgal Lash

9). Now, take the mid-toned shadow (pewter) on a small shading brush(h) and work it along the lower lash line. To enhance the smoky intensity, smooth the finish by blending over it with an angled blending brush(i).

10). For a sexy shimmer, take the lightest shadow (pink) on a pencil brush(j) and apply it to the inner corner of the eye (both top and bottom).

11). To define the lash line, feather the black eyeliner pencil from the Benefit Smokin’ Eyes kit through the roots of the top and bottom lashes. To soften the finish along the upper lash line, smudge the darkest shadow (charcoal) over the eyeliner with the hard angled brush supplied in the Benefit Smokin’ Eyes kit. Lastly, line the inner rim of the lower eyelid with the black pencil.

12). Then, to open up the eyes, coat the top and bottom lashes with Benefit BADgal Lash mascara in black.

Applying Benefit BenetintBenefit Benetint lip tint

13). Finally, for healthy-looking cheeks and lips, brush on Benefit Benetint and blend with your fingertips for a seamless finish. Want a pout with more punch? Slick a brighter lipgloss on top(k).

14). Pop on your party dress and go have some fun!

Benefit Cosmetics makeup look

Brushes and Accessories.

(a)Concealer brush: Shu Uemura Synthetic Brush 10. (b)Powder: Shu Uemura Face Powder Matte in Colorless. (c)Powder brush: M·A·C Large Powder Brush 134. (d)Eyelash Curler: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. (e)Soft, fluffy eyeshadow brush: M·A·C Tapered Blender Brush 224. (f)Firm, flat eyeshadow brush: Chanel Eyeshadow Brush #2. (g)Flat, dense-bristled eyeshadow brush: M·A·C Eye Shading Brush 239. (h)Small shading brush: M·A·C Mini Shader Brush 228. (i)Angled blending brush: M·A·C Medium Angled Shading Brush 275. (j)Pencil brush: M·A·C Pencil Brush 219. (k)Lipgloss: Clarins Gloss Appeal in 06 Orchyd.

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10 Responses to “Smoky Eyeshadow: Forever Fashionable”

  1. I am a fan of smoky eyeshadow and normally do it quite often for parties, I do it in my own way. Your article is quite detail oriented and helped me a lot in understanding the nitty gritty of this this make-up. Next time I will do it with my laptop in front of me, with your article open on the screen, and doing it step by step according to your tutorial … thanks.

  2. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Thanks, Anna. Let me know how it turns out ;).

  3. Thank you very much, Little Miss Makeup. Really detailed guide. Going to try this on my good friend.

  4. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Thanks for your feedback, Eyeshadow Cosmetics. It is much appreciated :).

  5. ReikoSarah says:

    I love your blog. I really like the eyeshadow.

  6. Sheila says:

    This site is really, really helpful. You have videos and detailed instructions. Perfect! Love the layout, too. Clean and minimalist.

  7. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Thanks so much for your positive feedback, Sheila. I appreciate it!

    LMM x

  8. Eye Liner says:

    Thanks very much, I love your blog.

  9. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Eye Liner, no, thank you!

    LMM x

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