I believe that most of you fashion readers today know all about the “smokey eye” and the gorgeous, dramatic effect that the eye makeup application adds to bring out your eyes. Although you can’t deny the beautiful look of the smokey eye, many people aren’t sure how to obtain the look, and want to know how to create a smokey eye effect on themselves. For that, I will help you.
Of all the different face makeup combinations, no matter if your skin tone is pale, medium or dark, my favorite is a dark, deep blue to black smokey eye with a nude lip. There is something about the contrast of the mysterious, mesmerizing smokey eye with a light, almost bare lip. The overall completed masterpiece is stunning!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love pinks, reds, oranges, purples, greens and golds in eye shadows and lipstick combinations, but I give the first place blue ribbon of a glamour makeup job to dark smokey eyes and nude lips!
Eye shadow is a cosmetic that is applied on the eyelids and under the eyebrows. Eye shadow is commonly used to make the wearer’s eyes stand out or look more attractive. Eye shadow can add depth and dimension to one’s eyes, complement the eye color, make one’s eyes appear larger or simply draw attention to the eyes.
Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes and emollients that apply color, texture and protection to the lips.
I’m sure you’ve all seen smokey eyes, even if you’ve never created the look on your own face. The smokey eye is popular with many celebrities and makeup artists. Smokey eyes definitely radiate high end glamour, and the smokin’ hot appearance can be captured in a few easy steps.
How to Create the Smokin’ Hot Smokey Eye:
- Prep the Eyelid: Swipe an eye shadow primer (base) across the upper and lower eye area and let it dry.
- Apply Eyeliner: Apply eyeliner above the entire upper lash line, drawing the line thicker in the middle of the eye.
- Blend in Color on Bottom Eyelashes: The bottom color is one of the main elements of the smokey eye look. Run an eyeliner pencil under the entire bottom lashes and smudge the line with your fingertip or a Qtip. You can also apply some eye shadow and smudge the shadow and the eyeliner together.
- Apply the Base Color: The key to the smokey eye is pairing a lighter base with a darker hue. Sweep a light, glistening eye shadow over the eyelids to the browbone.
- Blend in the Darker Color: Blend in the darker eye shadow color starting at your lash line, blending up. Blend the color into the lash line so that the eyeliner disappears.
- Check Your Work: Make certain that both eyes match and rub out any smears or smudges with your fingertip or a Qtip.
- Apply Globs of Mascara: Okay, I threw in the word globs here. Thick, dark, preferably black mascara is a crucial element to bring out the smokey eye to its full glamour. You don’t want a dab of mascara with a smokey eye. You want dark, full, thick, long eyelashes to highlight the overall effect. Be a mascara maniac with the smokey eye!
Wahlah, your gorgeous smokey eyes are mastered. But wait. Something is missing. That’s right…the nude lip. Nude lip doesn’t mean a bare lip. You still want a hint of lipstick or lip gloss over your kissable lips, but you want the lip to be a natural color. Nude, nude and more nude, for the lips, that is!
Smokey Eye Fun Fact: Generally, the smokey eye is accomplished using darker eye shadow shades, such as deep blues, dark grays, silvers and blacks. However, if you want to shake things up a bit and make your own signature smokey eye, simply use the same steps to achieve the smokey eye and use whatever colors your unique heart desires.
Smokey eyes are alluring, hot, eye catching and sultry. They can also be playful and fun! So, the next time that you go to a fancy dinner, a party, dancing, or any place that you want to glam up to the nines, you can’t go wrong with a smokey eye and nude lipstick.
Smokey Eye Glamour Tip: If you are a true fashion diva, and you simply adore makeup, you can obtain the smokey eye effect to merely go gas up your car or take a trip to the grocery store. Your makeup preferences are for you…whatever makes you feel confident and glamorous, go for it. As long as you don’t hurt someone else in the process!
Eye Shadow Removal Tip: To remove eye shadow, a commercial eye makeup remover can be utilized, though a rich face wash will often remove all traces of color. Simple water and soap can also be used. Eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara also comes off easily with baby oil, petroleum jelly and/or makeup wipes.
Smokin’ it with a smokey eye and nude painted lips!
Elegant, sexy and hip!
Civilizations around the world use eye shadow, predominantly on females but occasionally on males. In Western society, eye shadow is seen more as a feminine cosmetic, even when used by men. In Gothic fashion, black or similarly dark colored eye shadow and other types of makeup are popular among both genders.
The smokey eye definitely creates a look that is bright, bold, mesmerizing and alluring. Add a nude lip and the outcome? Simply stunning! Marvelous! Magnificent!
Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Eye shadow and various cosmetics have been used for as long as there have been people to use them. Face painting is mentioned in the Bible in the Old Testament (Book of Ezekiel 23:40) and eye shadow was used in Egyptian burials dating back to 10,000 BC. The word “cosmetae” was first used to describe Roman slaves whose duty was to bathe men and women in perfume.
Lipstick Fun Fact: Ancient Sumerian men and women were possibly the first people to invent and wear lipstick, about 5,000 years ago. They crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their faces, mainly on the lips and around the eyes. Around 3000 BC to 1500 BC, women in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization applied red tinted lipstick to their lips and faces for decoration.
Create a smokey eye and a nude lip! Sensual, eye popping glamour at your fingertips!
“What are we doing in this club? There is so much smoke in the room.”
“But the signs say no smoking and I don’t smell a single smoke fume.”
“No silly, every glamour girl in this place has amazing smokey eyes.”
“Wow, you are correct. Every gal has a beautiful face to mesmerize.”
“And their lips a la natural nude add a heightened level of wow.”
“Yes. Their masterpiece faces add an element of oomph, zip and pow!”
“This is a club that I’ll be frequenting more.”
“Add me in too. That’s for sure!”
The smokey eye and a nude lip: start a makeup glam war!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846