Tips To Get Smoky Eyes

Preparing your eyelids is the first step. The best way to avoid the eye shadow melting into your eyelid crease during the day is to keep your eyelids oil free. An eye shadow base to start with can help this. Before you apply the shadow or an eye primer you can consider applying a bit of ‘paint’ on the lids.

Apply your eyeliner next. Black, brown or gray for the smoky eye are the typical colors, unless you want to try another type of color. Apply whatever color matches the look you are trying for and place it above the upper lash line, with the line being thicker in the middle of the eye. You should try an eyeliner in the color of purple, blue or deep green with violet being an excellent choice if you want a jewel-toned eye.

Having blended color on the bottom lashes is the key to a smoky eye look. You will want a lighter colored eyeliner for this and you want to ‘smudge it’. You can choose to apply a little bit of shadow for the full smudge effect.

You will want to apply a light base color next. Finding the perfect pair between a light base and dark hut is the key to gaining the perfect look. It is a good idea to use a nice cream shade as your base. You should sweep a light, shimmery shadow over the lids to your brow bone. To help it stay on your eyes the moist consistency of the ‘mousse’ will help.

Blend in the darker color next but make sure you keep it below the crease. You want a darker shade for the ye shadow. Blend up using an eye shadow brush to blend the colors together starting at the lash line. The eye liner should disappear at the lash line because of the color blend. You should stop the deep color at the crease. Double check your work and use a q-tip as needed to match and blend the colors. To finish use several coats of volumizing mascara.

Remember it is best to avoid strong makeup on your lips when going for the smoky eye look. You should have strong makeup on both your lips and eyes at the same time. It may be a good idea to try a deep purple or a golden brown rather than the standard dark brown and black since jewel-toned smoky eyes are the most popular.


5-Minute Beauty Fixes

5-Minute Beauty Fixes

Get gorgeous (almost) instantly at every age.

20s Quick Twist

Staying out late and hitting the snooze button means not a lot of time to coif your locks before rushing to the office. Here's your formula to look polished fast: Start by massaging Alterna Caviar Dry Shampoo  into your roots. "It soaks up excess oils and adds texture," says hairstylist Andy Lecompte, who works with Jessica Biel and Leighton Meester. Pull hair back into a chignon and twist in Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins  — one equals 20 bobby pins — then smooth over hard-to-tame flyaways with John Frieda Full Repair Touch-up Flyaway Tamer.

30s Fake Great Skin

Balancing work, kids, husband, friends? No time for you often equals lackluster, tired skin. Don't bother layering on the foundation, bronzer, and blush; your skin will just look tired and cakey. The solution: tinted bronzing gel, applied over your face and neck after your morning shower for an instant outer glow — even if you don't feel one on the inside. L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze One Day is smell- and streak-free and gives pasty skin major warmth in minutes. "Be sure to exfoliate first to banish dry patches that can leave you with uneven, dark spots," suggests makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, who primps celebrities like Christina Hendricks and January Jones.

40s Perfect Your Pout

Chances are your lips are not as plump as they were in your 20s, and your favorite lipstick may be sinking into fine lines around your mouth. Solve the problem by always using a lip plumper before lipstick. "Plumpers keep your lips hydrated, which prevents new lines from forming and simultaneously fills creases you already have to stop color bleeding," explains Goodwin. Look for products with anti-aging ingredients like ceramides and vitamin E. We like Laura Mercier Lip Plumper ($30).

50s Look Luminous

Highlighters and concealers are simple to use and take years off your face. For expert-level results at home, try Goodwin's red-carpet recipe: After foundation, gently pat concealer under your eyes, paying special attention to the inner corners. Then cover laugh lines by dabbing a concealer with wrinkle-relaxing properties on with your fingers. When your makeup has set, use a sponge to press highlighter along your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, and on the V of your upper lip to add radiance. We love Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Conceal & Brighten .

60+Hide Wrinkles

Botox and fillers aren't the only ways to treat unwanted lines. We swear by Clarins Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate, which reduces wrinkles and tightens skin on contact. Roll on Clinique All About Eyes Serum to minimize puffiness and dark circles. "Don't be afraid to apply them over your makeup," adds Goodwin. And since both are slim enough to fit into the tiniest clutch, reapply them day and night for maximum results.

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