Like the little black dress, a smokey eye is timelessly sexy, and yet, like pretty much everyone else, I never got around to doing it thanks to the amount of work it looked like. As part of my recent bridal experience with Estee Lauder, among all the other incredible elements and pampering, I also picked one trend to learn from Rani, the inhouse makeup artist. Could have been my upcoming wedding or simply the dozen other weddings I have to attend this month, but I instinctly picked the Smokey Eye.
While she did each step on my right eye, I replicated the same on my left eye to make sure I could go back home and re-create this stunning look.
Conceal. Apply the slightest bit of concealer on your eye lids to prep them for the smokey eye. The concealer helps the color to seep in giving you a strong pigment, alongwith keeping the eyeshadow in place.
Take a kajal/eye pencil in black and start lining your lids starting from the end of the way and moving inwards. Line 1-2cm at a time and then immediately blend it with an eye shadow brush or smudger. Remember, you have to be quick to make sure to blend before the color sets in. Keep applying liner and blending until you finish the entire eye.
Go over this step at least twice to get a smokey effect.
Next up, take any warm toned eye shadow of your choice (I love Gold, Bronze & Burgundy) and start patting it on your upper lids in a tiny V motion - again start work from the outside. Key is to remember not to swipe, only tap/pat. Heaviest eye shadow should on the outer corner and lightest on the inner.
Take the same kajal/eye pencil again and apply it the same way as step 2.
Take some black eye shadow on an eye shadow brush and pat it over the black kajal ever so slightly. This step defines the 'smokey' element in the whole process.
Line your upper inner eyelid and waterline with kajal/eye pencil with intensity depending on how heavy you want the smokey eye to look. While you're lining your upper waterline make sure it's merging with your eye lids.
Final step! Repeated layers of mascara. Start from the outside in a 'wiggle and flick' motion
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5 of My Favorite Lipstick Hacks! #DIY
1. Make any lipstick matte:
Yup! There is a way to do that! Take a tissue paper put it over your lips and use any loose powder over it. Remove the tissue and voila! You'll have matte lips.
2. Cupids bow are important!
To make your lipstick stand out don't forget to apply a tiny bit of highlighter on your cupids bow. Do it and see your lipstick pop.
3. The longest lasting lipstick:
Want a lipstick that lasts the longest!? Just use a similar coloured lipliner underneath and top it up with a liquid lipstick. Your lipstick just won't ever budge.
4. Make your lips look bigger naturally:
Who hasn't dreamt of it ever since the whole Kylie Jenner revolution!? But not everyone wants a permanent solution. So to make your lips look fuller all you need to do is to use a lighter colour lipstick in the middle of your lips and blend it with the rest of your base lipstick. It gives the illusion of fuller lips.
5. Lipstick has other uses too:
Lipstick I feel is such a multi purpose product. You can use your pinks for a subtle cheek stain. You can use your browns as a base eye shadow. There's just so much more you can do with a lipstick! #DIY...See more