Hello my beauties, today we are going to talk about smoky eyes. Everyone wants them, and everyone is equally afraid to try them. Many people fall victim to smearing black eyeshadow all over their eyes and ending up with a “raccoon eyes” result.
Here’s the solution: smoky eyes don’t always mean black eye shadow. Every skin tone has a shade of shadow that gives the effect of a smoky eye, and that’s not always black. If you’re an expert, then by all means, go ahead with the blackest shadows money can buy. For the rest of us, here’s a cheat sheet to help pick the right shade of smoky for your skin tone.
MY GOLDEN RULE FOR ALL SKIN TONES:
The darker the shadow, the more MATTE it should be. Stay away from frosty blacks to avoid shadow fallout and muddiness.
If you are super pale, (including many Asian skin tones) then you have to be especially careful with dark eye shadows. I suggest sticking to varying shades of grey. Feline or Incubus shadows by Illamasqua are perfect for you.
Sweep a light grey all over the lid, buff in a dark grey into the crease. Line your water line with a dark grey pencil. Dot the inner corners of your eyes with a pale, shimmering silver.
If you are medium-skinned, swap out your black shadow for dark plums. Makeup For Ever Eye Shadow in #160 is a winner. Pat a lavender or silver shadow on the lid, and buff in a dark, MATTE plum color in the crease. Line your waterline with a black pencil.
Olive and Medium-Dark skin tones usually have golden undertones. What goes with golden? Deep, dark teal. Plumage by MAC is a gorgeous matte blackened-teal that will give you a soft, smoky eye. Pat a frosty dark grey on the lid. Buff the dark matte teal in your crease. Use a black pencil in your waterline and you’re set.
If you have dark skin, you can totally get away with using a matte black eye shadow like Crave by Urban Decay. If you aren’t feeling confident you can always substitute the black for a rich brown or even a velvety maroon like Inglot’s Matte #326. Pat a shimmery brown all over your lid then buff the dark matte brown (or maroon) into your crease. Fill the waterline with a black pencil and you’re set.
Deep dark skin tones like Alek Wek almost always need a rich black eye shadow to intensify even an every-day look. To off-set the black in the crease, I suggest patting a metallic eyeshadow all over your eye lid. The bright metal pigment will push your eyelids forward while the black eyeshadow will deepen your crease, giving you a beautiful 3-dimensional look. You can’t go wrong with MAC’s Woodwinked eye shadow and Urban Decay’s matte black shadow in Crave.
The Los Angeles IMATS (International Makeup Trade Show) returned this past weekend to the Pasadena Convention Center. It might seem like it’s too soon, and that’s because it’s normally in L.A. in June. The IMATS bosses decided to switch it up and host IMATS in London in June, and L.A. in January (most likely due to London’s freezing winters).
The last two times I went to the IMATS, I got some fantastic deals, but unfortunately, I don’t do well in large crowds. Literally THOUSANDS of people go to the IMATS and Saturday and Sunday are always sold out. It is jammed booth to booth with people and everyone shoving and pushing each other. I had originally decided to skip the IMATS this year to avoid mean foreigners and strollers with crying babies, but I got an opportunity to help out at the MAC Cosmetics booth on their Pro day (Friday). Let me tell you…Pro day is such a different experience. Everyone in attendance is a makeup artist, and it’s not sold out, so there is room to breathe.
I bounced on over to the Lime Crime booth where I found Doe Deere and her lovely team, who let me preview their brand-new, not-yet-for-sale Glitter Helper. This is a skin-safe adhesive that keeps glitter on without getting muddy. Best of all, it’s cruelty-free and vegan-formulated.
Crystal showed me all the new stuff going on at Youngblood, including their new spring line “In Bloom,” which features a revitalizing mineral mist spray, a lovely pink-peach lipstick and a gorgeous teal gel liner.
Youngblood also came out with an “Anti-Shine Mattifier.” Swipe this product on your skin before foundation to keep oil from pooling onto your T-Zone. This stuff feels super velvety, and just like everything else from YB Cosmetics, it’s cruelty-free and vegan :)
I noticed a lot of makeup vendors were missing this year, and I think it’s because of the date change. I can see why some companies didn’t want to come back only 6 months later. Too Faced, Makeup For Ever and Urban Decay were all absent, but Inglot thankfully was there in full force.
Here’s my small stash from the IMATS:
Lime Crime’s Uniliner in Rhyme and Velveteen matte gloss in Red Velvet, a glitter polish with big and small particles of gold glitter and Inglot’s #77 black eye liner gel, which everyone has been raving about.
Did any of you go to the IMATS this year? What brand were you most excited to see? Was there any that you missed?