So earlier this week a good friend of mine requested that I do a tutorial on my everyday smokey eye look. I realise now (after doing my makeup) that she actually said as well that I do a brown smokey eye, but my everyday look is actually a purple-ish one. (If you are keen to see me do my brown smokey eye as a tutorial just let me know in the comments below!) This is quite a versatile look as I can wear it during the day as well as at night. I also tried this look out on my cousin while I was in Ashburton last weekend and will also include her before and after photos.
Anyway, on to the tutorial.
STEP ONE: Face Basics
Start off by applying moisturiser to your face and neck. After that has sunk in, apply a small 10 cent piece size of primer or Aloe Vera creme (to act as a sort of primer, as I still don’t own one). The Aloe Vera smooths out your skin by helping to smooth over any pores and lines.
Using a slightly damp beauty sponge apply a pea sized blob of BB cream to the back of your hand and then apply all over the face. I like to use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, pictured, with the Garnier Anti-ageing BB cream. Next apply foundation with the same sponge to the areas of your face that need the most coverage and blend well. You could also used a foundation or stippling brush but I prefer to use my blender as it gives me a smoother finish. If you are having a good skin day and don’t need or want much coverage skip the foundation like I do most days.
STEP TWO: Contouring & Highlighting
To contour your face use the Maybelline FITme sticks in a darker and lighter colour than your skin (or you can use any other contouring kit you have). Draw lines with the darker shade under the cheek bones, down the sides of the nose, on the jaw line and a triangle on both of the temples. The use the lighter colour in the middle of your forehead and down the middle of your nose, above your cupids bow and the middle of the chin.
Shade in two large inverted triangles under the eyes and extending onto the top of the cheeks. You can see in this picture where I like to place the two shades, however this contouring will not necessarily suit everyone, so make sure out try out contouring beforehand. Buff them together with a buffing brush (I use the Real Techniques one) going from light to dark.
If you feel the need to this would be the time to do a bit of concealing.
If you really want your contouring to stand out brush over the darker areas with your bronzing powder and a contour brush like the Real Techniques one, which is what I like to do but you may, or may not need it. Again its really up to what you are comfortable with.
Finally, I chose a lighter pink blush I had and blended a small amount onto the higher parts of my cheeks with a blush brush. (I don’t currently own a good blush brush so I just use my Thin Lizzy brush).
STEP THREE: Eye Prepping
(For some reason I put the powder photo in the wrong step but oh well) Using a fan brush dust a bit of a highlighting powder under your eyes and on top of your cheeks (above where you have place the blush).
Now it is time to prep my eyes!! To start of with fill in your eyebrows with the e.l.f Eyebrow Kit. Use the dark gel with the Real Techniques brow brush (or the angled brush in the kit) to draw and fill in your eyebrows. Next use the same brush (or the bigger flexible side of the brush in the kit) and pick up some of the brown powder to completely fill in the eyebrows, without cleaning the so the powder sticks to the brush and makes it easier to apply. Last for the brows, use a spooly brush and comb your brows into a nice positions to create a softer natural look.
Next up, cover the lids of my eyes with a soft pink creme shadow to act as a primer (stops creasing) and make the eye shadow last longer. (No brush needed, just use your finger, or if using an eyelid primer they normally come with their own doe foot brush). You can also use a specific eyelid primer or a white pencil liner all over the lid. The white pencil makes the colours more vibrant after applying. I like to use this white liner to highlight under my brows and in the inner-corner of my eyes.
Using the Sleek MakeUP Au Natural Palette
Eyes Part One
On to the eyeshadow! First apply Regal to the crease of your eyelids with the Real Techniques deluxe crease brush. Next, using a mixture of Bark and Moss blend it in from the corners of your eyes up into the crease with the Real Techniques Base Shadow brush.
Eyes Part Two
Again taking the Base Shadow brush, use a blend of Honeycomb and Toast on the rest of your eyelid. Next pat on the sparkly Taupe with the eyeshadow sponge applicator in your palette.
Eyes Part Three
Using another side of the sponge applicator blend in Conker in a diagonal triangle from the lower mid of your eyelid out toward your crease. (I’m sorry if that didn’t make sense. Look at the last picture of the eye look below or the bottom picture of my cousin at the end to see what I mean.) Next pick up the accent eye brush and blend Nougat under your brow bone through to the inner corner of your eye to highlight.
Eyes Part Four
(Almost done for the eyeshadow!!) Using the same (but cleaned) accent eye brush blend in Bark under your lower lash line graduating into Toast as your get closer to your inner corner.
Eyes Part Five
Last for the eyes! Draw in, with the Real Techniques liner brush dipped in Noir, where you will want to place your eyeliner as a guide. Using any brown (or black) eyeliner your haver draw over that guide and blend a bit with the accent eye brush to create that smokey effect. Lastly, put on your mascara on the top and bottom lashes and your eyes are done!!
STEP FIVE: Lips
Now for the lips you can do them however you wish. For everyday I like to choose a basic nude or brown lipstick to wear as pictured.
THE FINISHED LOOK
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you did let me know in the comments! Please share a photo with me via social media and the hashtag #thespanishbluebell (or tag me!) if you try this look out and I would love to see your results.