About a year ago I was fortunate enough to attend a master class hosted by Illamasque at their Beak Street Store. One of the techniques I took from this was how to create an easy smoky eye look by using their eye colouring pencils as a starting point. This acts as a guide as to where to apply colour, whilst at the same time adding depth to your look. The make-up look below uses this technique.
First up it’s a good idea to use a lid primer, it just makes things easier to blend, but also prolongs the wear of your eye make-up. I’m currently using Elf’s lid primer, a steal at £1, you can use whatever you have available though. I then used Illamasque’s eye colouring pencil in Fidelity £15 to draw lines in my crease. Keeping within the eye socket.These marks I made wider as I moved from inner to outer crease. Don’t worry if it looks a bit messy as you are going to blend this out with a fluffy brush.
For the next step I took my chosen lid colour, L’oreal Infallible’s Intense chocolate and with a dome shaped brush I applied this to the lid concentrating the majority of the colour to the crease area but blending out in an winged shape. The blended eyeliner acts as a guide as to where to apply the colour, the smoky effect comes from then blending this out. In this way you avoid the over application of product and thus minimising that muddy look that can sometimes happen with over application of product.
For the final step I went in with Emite Makeup’s mono eyeshadow in NECT. I used this to highlight my inner corner and also to soften the edges as a transitional shade. This has a pearlescent finish to it which has helped to create the multi demential shape pictured above.
Lastly I lined my upper lashes with Elf’s liquid liner in black. I then used Illamasque’s medium pencil again to line my waterline. I finished of with several coats of black mascara.
This technique will work with any eye pencil, as long as it is soft enough to blend out. The Illamasque pencils are particularly good for this purpose though. You can also experiment with different colours, I like to do a similar look with plum and Khaki shades. So what do you think? Have you any fail safe ways of creating a smokey eye?
Bye for now, Katy