Hello! I’m Nadia Forde and I’m so excited to be guest blogging for Escentual. Over the next few weeks I have lots of exciting tips and tricks to share with you, and I’m going to show you how to recreate some of my favourite looks. For my first blog, I wanted to start with perhaps my favourite look of them all… The classic smokey eye.
Whatever the occasion, the classic smokey eye is the look that always manages to look timeless and elegant. It can be a little tricky to get exactly right, so here’s my guide to the ultimate smokey eye.
We went for a feline-inspired cat eye using a dark charcoal shade – the Laura Geller The Wearables Palette Colour Story has lots of gorgeous shades and Carbon is the perfect colour for a smokey eye. Using a flat brush, pat the colour all over the lid and slightly above the socket line. Keep patting on the colour until you’re happy with it and then use a clean blending brush to smooth out the edges and make sure that there aren’t any harsh lines. We kept the look of this blown out which helped to make my eyes appear more almond-shaped.
Once the colour and shape of the eyeshadow is exactly how you want it, take the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Eye Shadow Duo in Black Tie over the top as this has some beautiful shimmer that really helps to add some depth to the look and draw in light to the eyes.
After you have applied the shadow and it’s blended out, it’s important to clean up the base. The DHC Olive Virgin Oil Cotton Swabs are incredible at cleaning up any shadow that might have dropped as they quickly get rid of any makeup. With a strong smokey eye it’s good to use a coverage that has more coverage to ensure that the under eyes are as bright as possible. The Clarins Instant Concealer in 02 has peachy tones which perfectly cancel any blueness under the eyes, and the formula is really blendable and creamy.
The DHC Liquid Liner EX pen finished off the shadow – the pen has a really fine nib that allows you to draw a precise line. My top tips for liquid liner are to practice and to always draw your flick in three sections as this makes it far easier. After using liquid liner, we also used the bareMinerals Lasting Line Long Wearing Eyeliner in Absolute Black on the lower water line and then smudged along the bottom lash line.
The final step for a smokey eye is definitely the lashes – they really tend to finish off the look and add some intensity to the eyes. I think it’s important to always apply mascara before your lashes as this allows them to sit better when you apply them.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on the ultimate smokey eye!