some eyeshadow basics!
There are beautiful girls everywhere who seem to think there is one way to do eyeshadow (If you are going out to a party, there is more you can do than pile on the dark shadow and eyeliner). I think these are some exquisite photos of some options of eyelooks that (depending on color choice) can be bold and bonita or subtle and soft.
before anything: apply eye primer. Creasing eyeshadow aint cute.
eyelook 1: Using two different tones of the same color, apply the lightest color to the lid and blend the darker color upwards from the crease. For an eye-widening look, try blending the darker color from the outer corner of the crease to the middle of center of the crease.
eyelook 2: With a trio of colors, apply the lightest shadow to the entire lid, the medium shade from the outer corner of the lid to the middle of the lid, and the darkest color on the outer corner. blend blend blend!
eyelook 3: Repeat the same steps as eyelook one, but try a cool color for the eyelid, and a warm color for the crease.
eyelook 4: This look is especially evident on this model because she has deep set eyes and a pronounced brow bone- however, the eyeshadow increases the depth of the eyes. Also, matte shadows help achieve this look (something with added sparkle may not show as much contrast. Start by applying a white matte shadow on the entire lid. Use a deep gray or black to blend from the outer corner inwards. Add the dark gray or black to accentuate the crease. For added drama (this look in particular) put to use a deep matte purple and blend from the entire crease upwards to the brow bone. To highlight, add a lighter purple of lilac directly on the brow bone. It may be helpful in this case to mimic the shape of the crease of your eye, or mimic the shape of your eyebrow (it depends upon which illusion you would like to make).
..some brief examples!
One of my main frustrations regarding makeup artistry is the request to apply a “smokey eye”. The term itself is very subjective- for some, the “smokey eye” could simply mean that there is more eye makeup applied than an individual is used to wearing. For others, it means that your eyes are completely covered with black eye shadow. There is no right way to do anything- its simply preference.
I think the sexiest smokey eye look is one that adds dimension/depth to the eyes.
In order to create the look, you need to use more than just one color.
Smokey Eye #1 uses three colors to make the eyes appear larger- the white shadow is used in the center of the eyelid and blended, as well as on the inner corners of the eye. A silvery-grey is applied from the inner corner to halfway through the lid. Then, the darkest shade is used on the outer corner, and blended throughout the crease of the eyes, right underneath the brow bone. A dark liner is applied on the top and bottom lashlines. To finish, the darkest shade of shadow is blended slightly underneath the bottom liner on the outer corners of the eyes, and mascara is applied on the lashes. The silvery-grey is blended on the bottom lid right underneath the center of the eye, and the lightest is blended right underneath the tear duct.
smokey eye #2 is Jessica Alba- her makeup artist used lighter colors and blended darker colors on the outer corners. As you can see, it is still considered a smokey eye without looking too heavy.
Smokey Eye #3 is exquisite, but a challenge to achieve without looking gaunt. In order to achieve the look use matte shadows and make sure that you feel comfortable outlining the entire eye with liner- with some eye shapes, lining the entire eye with a dark color can make them appear smaller. It appears that only two shadow colors were used in the process (both a deep grey and a black). Black was blended on the lid and underneath the eyes, and grey was blended on the crease and towards the brow bone. The look almost mimics the look of kohl eyeliner.
Regardless of how you like to do smokey eyes, make sure you start with a primer and blend blend blend! If you are looking for somewhere to start, the Too Faced “Smokey Eye Palette” has gorgeous hues for all skin tones and eye colors. It also has little notecards about how to achieve different looks with the shadows provided.
Tribute to the absolutely incredible Alex Box (mostly with Illamasqua)
Smoky Blue-and-Pink Wing: MAC Fuchsia and Frozen White pigments
This is a look that should be multi-faceted and contoured. If you have mono-lids, just draw in the crease along your socket line, above the lid crease. This takes a bit of practice to get even but it looks great!
Step 1: Use a flat brush to pack a black base like MAC Paint Pot in Blackground or elf Duo Cream Shadow in Licorice over the entire lid. At the outer corner, draw in a wing following the angle of the lower lash line. For the Dummies’ Guide version to winged liner, click here.
Step 2: Pack a metallic fuchsia pink to the outer halves of the black base. You can use MAC Fuchsia pigment.
Step 3: The next step requires a specific type of shadow; translucent white with a blue duochrome sheen. MAC Frozen White pigment and I Nuovi Star shadow are both very similar, but the I Nuovi is softer and less sparkly as it’s a pressed shadow.
Step 4: Use a charcoal grey like Urban Decay Gunmetal to run along the top of the wing, along your socket line, using a pencil brush. Then smoke out just slightly to prevent unevenness.
Step 5: Apply black liquid liner along the tide line (inner rim of your upper lash line) and also wing out at the outer corner, following the angle of the eyeshadow. The liner runs along half the lash line only, not all the way to the inner corners.
maybe (definitely) obsessed with this.
Dioni Tabbers for Vogue India March 2011
i love the subtle ombre lip!
So this is actually how i ended up after looking at all these great 4th of july ideas! wish i had more time but i was late for work!
Makeup Forever shadows, sephora liner and lashes!