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How To Apply A Smokey Eye for Fall – Paint by Number Instructions

October 25th, 2011 2 Comments

Instead of updating my “going-out” wardrobe (because, well, I just don’t go out much anymore), I’ve decided just to add color and density to my eye makeup. Easy and affordable solution!

The trendiest colors right now are maroon and blue tones, which luckily come together in my Eve Pearl “Sapphire Eyes” compact (above).  Both pop out against black and purple, the trendy colors for fall and winter.  (That is, if you’re not color blocking.  If you are, opt for a natural look with your cosmetics.)

Creating a smokey eye is basically paint-by-number and then blending it all together.  The thickness of the brushes help you manage the darkness of each color.  You’ll notice that my products and brushes are all from department store brand names.  In my opinion, all shadows and brushes are not created equal.  Since you’ll use them a lot, I suggest the splurge.   (Save the money on foundation and concealer that you have to replenish often.  I like Revlon and Almay.)

Here are the steps to my method:

1) Apply a natural color from your brown to the bone with a soft brush.

2) Using the same soft brush, start with the darkest shade at the outside corner of your eye and then line the crease with the dark color.  You’ll notice the shade gets lighter as you go from the outside corner to towards the inside corner.  Then clean the brush on a towel.

3-4) Apply lighter colors just to lid.

5) Take load an angled brush with a neutral taupe and smooth over the crease and above it.

6) Darken the corner and bottom of the crease with a deeper shade.

7) Line your eye with a charcoal or black powder or pencil.

8) Use your powder brush to clean off any excess eyeshadow that might have fallen under your eye.

9) Define your brow with a pencil or powder.

You can follow the same steps with blues too. If you’re looking for something even more dramatic, create this cat eye.

Products I used above:

Here’s the outfit that called for the pop of color:

This look is a little young for me, but I was fed up with “sophisticated.” During my NYC days, I called my all-black ensembles “Natasha Head-to-Toes” (remember Serena?):

(Full Disclosure: Stila, Eve Pearl, Jouer, Assets, Laura Mercier sent via PR forever ago.)


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  • Definitely not too young, Mary! You look fabulous! :)

    By the way, do you use any sort of base (besides your tinted moisturizer or foundation) before the fun of applying the colorful powders begins?

    • No, I just cover my eye with my Revlon foundation first. You can use liquid concealer too. DO NOT use creme concealer or foundation.