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.
I don’t know how I feel about the SAG Awards. It seems like they weren’t significant until recently, and even then, it seems excessive. Aren’t the Golden Globes and Oscars enough? Regardless, the ladies on the red carpet really brought their A game. Here are my best and worst beauty look picks from the evening:
I love the silvery plum smoky eye paired with those frosty sherbert pink lips. She is an amazing beauty without makeup, so with makeup, she knocks it out of the park. How fierce are her cheekbones?
Kelly is very particular about her look and it shows. I really adore this lilac shade she’s been rocking, it goes so beautifully with her eyes and skin that I often forget it’s a “crazy color.” I can always appreciate the attention to detail in her makeup- her black eyeliner cat eye is always flawless and her brows are always done. This bright red lip is a lovely pop of color against her pale skin. It reminds me of Lime Crime’s Velvetine lip color in Red Velvet. Who knows, maybe that’s what she’s wearing?
I literally don’t even know who this girl is, but she is so striking! I love dark brows on porcelain skin. Her makeup is actually very natural other than the black smoke on her eyelids. Who ever did her makeup kept it close to her eyelids and didn’t blend too far up into the crease–that’s the trick to making smoky eyes look “natural.” A couple of coats of mascara really sealed the deal on this beauty look.
Ready? Here comes the WORST
One of my biggest pet peeves is when an already youthful and beautiful woman goes overboard with the Botox. There really isn’t anything wrong with her makeup per se, but I don’t even notice it because I’m too distracted by the puffy and shiny patches all over her skin, which happens when there is too much fluid underneath the skin’s surface and it’s being stretched against its will. Doesn’t that look like it hurts?
I almost did a double take: Nancy O’Dell has turned into Nicole Kidman’s twin. Please stop the madness, Nancy! Don’t ruin your pretty face!
I feel like people get thrown off when styling Julianne Moore because she’s a red head. They do a great job on her hair then leave everything on her face, including her eyebrows and apparently also her lips, undone. She NEEDS her eyebrows filled in with a very light, strawberry blonde eyeshadow and an angle brush. She needs some kind of dewy glow to really showcase the beautiful cheek bones she has. Her lips are chapped and look painful. Come on guys…she doesn’t deserve this.
Why does this keep happening to her?! Is it because she’s a new mom who doesn’t have time to sit in the makeup chair long enough? Claire has a hooded eye shape, where the crease loosely hangs over the eyelid. Frosty eyeshadow is the last thing that should be applied to an overly hooded eye! She should have stuck to mattes on the eye, with just a pop of shimmer in the inner corners. That lip needs to be cleaned up. It’s smearing on one side (top right) and it’s too brown for her pale skin. I get that they were going for the “Oxblood” lip look but she really should have gone for one with a more burgundy undertone.
That’s a wrap! Which one of these looks would you like to see in a tutorial? Let me know in the comments below!