Beauty How To: Smoky Eyes

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Smoky eyes are a quintessential beauty look that every woman should master. Intimidating and highly technical as this makeup look may seem, in reality it is actually pretty easy to execute and perfect. Granted there will be some mishaps during your initial attempts (hello raccoon eyes), it’ll be no time till you’re rocking this smoky eye and applying it with confidence and expertise.

Don’t fret, because I’m here to guide you as you navigate through the numerous smoky eye how-to tutorials. I’ve personally picked out two of the simplest tutorials that yield the best results. First things first, let’s go through the basic tools you’ll need:

  • Mascara
  • Eyeshadow (at least 3 similar shades to blend together)
  • Eyeshadow Brush
  • Angled Brush
  • Eyeliner

It’s important to remember that the smoky eye look is all about blending. If you’re more comfortable with blending with a sponge or even your fingers, feel free to do so.

The infographic below takes you through the step-by-step process in achieving the glamourous smoky-eye look.

 

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Straight-forward and easy right? The great thing about the tutorial above is that you can use it for any type of smoky eye you want. It is important to note that smoky eye is not just about dark eyeshadow, you can use the same technique and process outlined above to achieve the metallic smoky eye or even the daytime smoky eye. All you need to do is simply switch up your eyeshadow of choice, from a dark black/brown palette to lighter shades for the daytime. If you’re feeling bold, you can even do a bright-colored smoky eye like purple or blue.

If you’re looking for an even quicker and easier way to achieve a classic dark smoky eye, this how-to from The Beauty Department has you covered. Using only a black kohl pencil, blending brush, eyeliner, and mascara, you can achieve the dark smoky eye in a snap.

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Now that you’ve pretty much gotten the gist of what makes the smoky eye look work, here are some products that’ll make your smoky eye look even more glam. You may want to invest in these beauty products down the road, it’ll make a difference with your smoky eye look for sure.

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This new They’re Real push-up eyeliner from Benefit boasts of a no-brainer application and a smudgeproof finish.

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Priming your lids before applying shadow will make your application smoother and will make your smoky eye last longer. This Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer is anti-crease too!

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You probably have an eyeshadow brush and angled brush in your kit already, but a blending brush is an addition worth looking into. You can use this Bobbi Brown blending brush for face contouring as well.

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Every makeup fanatic owns or dreams of owning an Urban Decay Naked Palette. Its cult following is well deserved since you can do a wide range of looks just from this one palette.

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A quick pat of Nars Translucent Setting Powder will set your look for an entire night.

Are you excited to flex those makeup artist skills yet? Race you to the mirror ladies! Have a great and beauty-filled week ahead!

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Beauty How To: Face Contouring

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Contouring your face is a makeup concept deemed too intimidating, hard, and even impossible by beauty neophytes. Newbies, don’t fret. We’re here to break it down for you.

Face contouring is a very important, albeit overlooked, step in one’s makeup routine. It is all about adding dimensions to your face by playing with light and shadow. Truth be told, once you get the hang of how to contour your face, you will never skip this step since it brings out the exquisite bone structure of your face. It is NOT about caking product on, it is about creating angles and enhancing your natural beauty.

If you’re a face contouring newbie, it is advisable to start out with cheaper drugstore beauty buys. It might take you a while to get the blending right, and you wouldn’t want to waste expensive product right? What you need to invest in are the makeup brushes as well as the beauty sponges. The quality of your brushes is what’s going to spell the difference in your application and technique.

If you want to splurge a little, here are the best products for face contouring:

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NARS Contour Blush Duo

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MAC Cream Colour Base

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Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit (Contouring shade, bronzer, highlighter and brush)

So let’s get down to brass tacks ladies. First, apply foundation normally all over your face, this will serve as your base. Then simply follow this infographic on how to properly contour your face. There are no set steps. The key here is to blend properly at the end. This tutorial uses 3 products and 3 brushes, but you can easily achieve this look with just a light and dark foundation. You can even use your fingers or sponge to blend, if that’s more comfortable for you.

This infographic also shows the basic tools you’ll need.

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Eventually you should adjust your contouring technique to your face shape. This infographic shows you the key areas to highlight, add blush, contour according to your face shape:

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Before we part, here some quick expert tips:

  • Pick a single makeup texture and keep it consistent. Powders are the easiest to blend, creams have good coverage, and liquids last really long. Sticking to one texture will prevent caking.
  • Light in the center, darker around the periphery

Remember to always adjust to how your face is structured. All of this information is merely basic guidelines to get you started. Always go with what works best for YOU.

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