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Smoke Gets on Your Eyes

Smokey Eyes Smokey 2

Dear Audrey,

How can I achieve a sultry smokey eye for those holiday evening parties coming up?

Great question! I went to Eden Johnson, our Capitola Store Make up Artist to get the answer. Follow her tips and you'll have that sultry party look in no time!

Here's how to create the perfect smokey eye in a matter of minutes using some of our favorite products. When most people hear the term smokey eye they think of the classic black smokey eye but that is a common misconception. The term smokey eye comes from the how and where you apply the eye shadow not the actual colors you use. You can achieve a sultry, smokey eye using browns, purples and even blues. We love the Too Faced Cosmetic Line and they have some great eye pallets to help you create that sultry look, plus they include application tips on little cards to make it failproof. But for those of you who want to use what you have on hand at home here's how to achieve that sultry look.

What you Need

To get the perfect smokey eye you will need at least 3 different eye shadow colors. Start with your highlight color, which should be a little lighter than your actual skin tone, next you'll need your lid color which should be your darkest shade, and finally you need your crease/ blending color which should be lighter than your lid color but still in the same color family. As I mentioned Too Faced cosmetics has some great eye shadow pallets that come with everything you need to achieve the perfect smokey eye, like the Natural at Night Pallet or the Smokey Eye Pallet.

Having the right brushes will also help make your smokey eye smolder. You'll need an angled or flat shadow brush and a dome shaped fluffy bush.

How To

Starting with a flat or angled eye shadow brush sweep your highlight color from under your brow to your crease, this will give you a nice base and will make it easier the blend your colors. Next, with a flat eye shadow brush take your lid color and apply it on to the eye lid. Then take the crease /blending color with a dome shaped fluffy brush and in small circular motions diffuse the line in-between your lid and high light color. If you want a smokey eye but don't want it too dark you can put your highlight color on the inner 2/3rds of your eye lid then take your lid color and apply it to the outer V area of your eye. Finish with several coats of mascara. You'll want to apply a few coats of mascara so lashes are thick and dark. If you don't have naturally long, curled lashes, curl them with a lash curler first, you can also can dress up your freshly applied smokey eye with a fun pair of false eyelashes or an alluring red lip.

Too Faces eye shadow instruction

Pro tip

For a smudge proof alluring red lip, apply your desired shade of lip liner and lip stick then blot with tissue paper and apply Youngblood's HD setting powder then apply your lipstick on top.

If you’d like some suggestions, or even a consultation please visit Eden, our Makeup Artist at the Capitola Store.

Here’s to the start of a great holiday season!



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