Smokey anything can be intimidating. Smoky eyes even more so, especially if you do it right. The smoky eye look is meant to be intense. It is meant to be intimidating, and it is meant to make you look like sexy, powerful, and in control. Either way, your smoky look is going to make you stand out. Already with your unique color, blue-eyed beauties already seem to stand out from the crowd. Making up 8% of the population, blue eyes are a recessive gene, so consider yourself lucky! However, this does not mean that you do not want to hop onto the smoky eye train as well. So, hop on blue eyes! And enjoy this ride.
You will need:
Eye shadow palate
Eye primer (If desired)
One light eye shadow
One dark eye shadow
At least 20 minutes depending on your skill level and experience
A Lil’ History
Before we even get started it is nice to know a few things about the good ol’ smoky eye. Here are some fun facts:
- Smoky eyes are not as hard as they look: that is why they are so popular!
- Smoky eyes are very popular on the red carpet and on the runway.
- Makeup artists usually start with creating an “eye” look before moving on to work with the rest of the face.
- Heavy eye makeup has been popular for decades in the West and the East.
- The smoky eye look is constantly being improved upon and always changing!
Choosing your smoky colors:
With any eye makeup look, you are going to have to choose from the right kind of colors. You can determine this by experimenting or simply deciding which colors to wear based on your eye color. Whatever the case, you will need one dark, one light, and one medium base color. For the smoky eye look for blue eyes, choose a brown liner instead of black for a warm color that will not be overpowering. Especially if you have a fair or light skin tone along with your blue eyes, do not choose colors that are too dark. The smoky eye will already be darker than your normal eye wear, so just focus on creating a heavier look.
Probably one of the most time-consuming things about creating a smoky eye is figuring out all the right supplies you are going to need for application.
- To get the best eye shadow look for your smoky eye, choose loose-based powders. These will help you blend your shadows easily.
- With your blue eyes, you are going to want to choose a brown-tone pencil eyeliner. This will help give you a softer look opposed to using a black liquid liner.
- Eye shadow for a smoky eye is best applied with a dome-shaped brush. These are rounded on the top and help you blend easily and get into the tips and corners of your eyes and eyelids without making a mess of things.
- Primer is essential for a smoky eye look, because you want the makeup to stick for as long as it can.
Because a smoky eye look is already very intense, a way to keep the calm in your blue eyes is to apply some soft and neutral face makeup. Stay away from any red lipsticks, or bright pink cheeks. Basically, just remember to keep all your other face makeup looking as natural as possible. Tonight is for your eyes!
Let’s Get Smokin’!
- Apply the lightest of your three eye shadow shades over around your eyelid. Make sure you get the corner of your eye lids, as well as the area under your eyebrows. This will work to highlight the area around your eyes.
- Now go in for your medium eye shadow shade. This should go directly over your entire eyelid. Do not blend it too much in with your lighter shade, because it will take away from the highlighting effect.
- Time to get dark! Using your dome rush, begin applying your darkest shade to the corners of your eyes. Sweep it half way into the crease of your eyelid and on your lash line. Apply a bit of the dark shade to your lower lid as well to balance out the darkness of your upper lid.
- Blend! Before you start blending, make sure that your eye brushes are clean. You do not want any other miscellaneous colors entering your look. Blend your lightest color first, but not too much to completely have your dark shade overpowering everything. Sweep your brush in a “C” motion along the crease of your lid for a smoothing effect. Then, blend the dark crease shadows up to your brow bone. You should notice that the dark shades look more naturally faded into your skin tone.
- You can now add eyeliner if you desire. For blue eyes, remember to use a brown eyeliner as previously mentioned. Start at the inside corner of your lash line and work your way to the end.
- Apply your mascara. Again, for blue eyes choose a brown mascara. This will keep the look less clumpy and keep the focus on your eyes rather than on the darkness of your lashes. Do not add more than two coats.
A Few Little Tips
Before you head out to show off your smoky blue eye makeup look, we have a few little tips that we thought you might want to keep in mind:
- Stick to nude lipstick, if any. Ultimately, it is better to just keep your lips bare. Adding anything on that is too dark or red will make your face look too busy.
- Since you have blue eyes, try a purple mascara. Purple is a great color for blue eyes and will make them pop to perfection.
- Avoid any heavy or thick eyeliner. Do not add layer upon layer, this will create an unappealing raccoon effect.
Good to go!
Now get out there and let your eyes do the talking! Do not forget to check out Udemy’s many helpful online courses for eye makeup or any type of face makeup application. We are here to cater to your blue-eyed needs!