Tips for a Dark, Smokey Eye

I don’t typically love how I look with a dark eye shadow on. My eyes end up looking rather small and my skin doesn’t seem to look as nice. I am much less confident. That being said, I also love experimenting with make up and over my few years, I’ve picked up a few tricks to make the dark eye looks work for me.

Use a few transition shades
The key is not to make the look too harsh. The more diffused and soft it is, the more “natural” it will look. I used a nude, a light brown, a taupe, then finally, the tiniest bit of black in the crease, making sure everything was extremely soft and blended. If you start with the lightest shade and work your way down to the deepest, everything will blend that much smoother.

Start slow
I find that using a black that is slightly less dark or pigmented and slowly building up colour is the best method for any harsh look. I took my time and built up a few layers of shadow before getting this effect. I always tap off any excess shadow before putting the brush to my eye, and I make sure my brush touches the area I want to be darkest first.

Make all of your features stand out
With a bold eye, all of your other features need a little love to make the look cohesive. The look you’re going for is dramatic. For example, I used a luminous primer, a heavier foundation, a bolder blush and lipstick, and darker brow product.

Don’t forget your under eye
And I don’t just mean concealer, as important as that is when wearing a dark look. Using a brightening concealer that covers everything is pretty required or your dark circles (or at least MY dark circles) steal the show. Not only that, but if you wear a grey/black liner and some mascara on your bottom lashes, it brings the whole eye look together. Liner and lashes always look good with a dark smokey eye.

Products Used:

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer

Cover FX Calming Primer

L’Oreal True Match Lumi foundation in W2

Essence Pure Nude concealer in Pure Beige

Maybelline Fit Me concealer 

Make Up For Ever HD Powder

Essence I Heart Stage eye shadow base

Lorac Pro 2 shades Buff, Lt Brown, Nectar, Black

Annabelle Smudgeliner in Chrome

YSL 16 hour wear colour eye pencil in #1

Sephora Special edition eye liner

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Marc Jacobs Illuminator in Spotlight 

Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Your Love Is King

Physicians Formula SuperBB Instaready Bronzer

Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls

NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Spice Cake

Those are a few tips for your next smokey eye adventure.


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