Smokey EyeHello everyone! If you are new to our blog, then you’re not alone because so am I! My name is Shakira and as well as being one of the receptionists at Elements I am also the makeup artist. I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and have been doing makeup for almost 10 years. I absolutely love it and I am grateful to the head honchos at Elements for allowing me to share my knowledge, tips, and tricks with you all! Now, mind you, nothing that I say is law. Just merely drawn from my experiences in the industry. I will be informative as well as busting any myths about the various trends/looks in makeup. So let’s get started!

Today, we’re going to tackle the “smokey eye”. This particular style has been popular since the days of the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt, to the screen sirens of the 20’s and 30’s (i.e. Josephine Baker, Theda Bara, and Pola Negri just to name a few). Through the years the style has continued to evolve and many versions have been seen on various runways as well as everyday fashionistas.

The look itself tends to be very complex and even intimidating to some, but the execution is actually quite simple. All it takes is a little patience and a steady hand. Black doesn’t have to be the only color used. The smokey eye has been done with jewel tones also (navy blues, deep purples, emerald greens, etc.). And it absolutely does NOT have to be heavily circled around the eyes, as to mimic a raccoon.

Another myth is that this look is only reserved for nighttime. I believe that this look can be tailored as one sees fit; it can be a bit toned down for daytime wear and glammed up a bit for after work and drinks with the girls! While there are many ways to do a smokey eye, I’ll just share my own personal method for this look. It’s very simple and can be elaborated on in whichever way you see fit!

 

STEP1:

Using a nude colored shadow, or a flesh-toned setting powder (my personal favorite is Fit Me #320 by Maybelline), cover the entire lid with this color. This will help smooth the lid and provide a great canvas for your darker shadow.

 

STEP 2:

Take your eyeliner (I like the black retractable liner by NYX cosmetics) and line the top and bottom lash lines, making it slightly thicker ont he outer corner of the eye. Charcoal gray can also be used for a softer-than-black look. Don’t forget to line that water line as well!

 

STEP 3:

Using a small shadow brush, take a tiny amount of eyeshadow (same color as your eyeliner) and smudge along the top and lower lash lines.

 

STEP 4:

Using the same small shadow brush, add a very small amount of shadow to your crease and blend (don’t forget to blend/connect it into the outer corner of the eye/lash line). And there you have it! Your smoky eye!

If you still feel a tad intimidated by this look, check out my you tube video, or make your way to Elements Salon and Wellness Spa and I would be more than happy to guide you personally! In the meantime, practice and experiment with different colors and techniques. Most of all, have fun! Thank you so much for reading, and I can’t wait to share the next look with you all!

 

Sincerely,

Shakira