This could be my favorite daytime smokey eye look. It has just the right amount of drama without stepping out like a drag queen in the middle of the day (unless that’s you’re thing, you go Glen Coco!). In essence, smokey eyes really are not that difficult, they just take lots of time to get right. With this being a neutral eye without adding any super harsh blacks or browns, it’s perfect for any beginner. As when paling your face makeup, the most important thing to remember when doing these looks is to BLEND!!!
The whole eye (shadow) look was made using only the Lorac Pro palette ($42). This is honestly such a gorgeous and versatile palette. It has 8 matte shades and 8 shimmer shades that you can mix and match a million ways. The shadows are really pigmented and have such a buttery quality to them. Yes, buttery. By this I just mean that they are easy to blend and go on smoothly across the eyelid. For this particular look, I used White, Taupe, Mauve, Sable, and Light Bronze.
As usual, the best thing to do is to apply an eye primer to the lid. I use Urban Decay Primer Potion ($20). This is by far my favorite primer out of anything. The shadow will last all day without budging, which is exactly what you want. Next I just popped on Ulta Color Coat cream eyeshadow in Rose Gold ($8). This isn’t absolutely necessary, it just gives the shadows a little extra to stick to.
Next, taking a small crease brush, I took the color Taupe and placed it in the inner and outer corner of the eye. Using the brush to buff the color in these spots creates a “sandwich” effect on the eye, leaving the middle open for a bright pop of shimmer. I know this looks super messy and ugly, but you’re going to blend it again later.
Taking the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sparkle Nude ($4.50), I dotted it in the middle of the eye to give the next shadow a good base. Dab this on with your finger to slightly blend out the edges.
Again, you’re going to want to blend everything out. The best way to do this is to angle the brush downward (by holding your hand at a higher position than your eye) and use windshield wiper motions. This makes blending just a little easier and less time consuming. You really have to work at it though, you do not want any harsh lines, just a soft haze. I recommend using a medium size fluffy brush to do this, it produces the nicest result.
After that, take the original brush and dab into a darker color brown. I mixed Mauve and Sable together to get the shade I wanted. You want to focus this only on the outer portion of your eye, stopping about 1/3 of the way in or right where the shimmer begins. This will just give a little more dimension to the eye and give you that smokey look. Again, take the time to blend all of these shadows out but make sure not to go over the shimmer!
I know it gets annoying, but taking the time to blend really makes all the difference in the world. All you need to do is rock the brush back and forth to get rid of any harsh lines.
After all your blending is done, you should have something like this! Add a couple coats of mascara to your top and bottom lashes and you’re all done! It is totally wearable during the day and can easily be transformed into a night look just by adding a little more of the darker color into the crease.
For a little something extra, I did a Kylie Jenner inspired lip. To get this look, I first lined my lips in a neutral nude shade. Then taking a slightly darker color, I placed lipstick on the outer parts of the lips leaving the middle blank. I used a super nude shade and placed that right in the middle to make the illusion of having fuller lips.
As always, I hope you guys liked this and that it helped! If anyone tries to re-create the look please show me pictures! It makes me so happy that so many people are paying attention to this, I had no idea I’d get so much support. Thank you guys, it means so much! Xoxo 🙂