Whether you're going out for a night on the town or getting ready for one of your holiday parties, nothing looks hotter then sexy dramatic eyes! Beauty Expert Sandy Gold shows us some easy tips on how you can take her Basic Smokey Eye and make it even smokier - as well as some quick techniques on how to create a dramatic eye using metallic and shimmer eyeshadows as well as liquid eyeliner.
The Smokey Eye
Here are five easy steps to creating a sexy Smokey Eye from home:
Step One - Do the tightliner technique - Rim your eyes on the top and bottom with a black eyeliner pencil.
Step Two - Apply a soft chocloate brown eyeliner all over your eyelid. (Don't worry about it being perfect 'cause next you're going to blend it out.)
Step Three - Blend out the chocolate brown eyeliner on your eyelid with a smudge brush or a q-tip - if you don't have either - no worries - you can use your finger!
Step Four - With a crease brush, apply a black eyeshadow into the crease of your eyelid. (Remember to tap off the brush before applying it on your eyes)
Step Five - Using a flat eyeliner brush and black eyeshadow apply a thin black line at the top of your lash line to make your lashes look fuller and longer. Finish the look with a generous amount of volumizing black mascara.
And voila - a Smokey Eye in under 10 minutes!
* An important thing to remember when wearing a Smokey Eye - is that you want all the focus to be on your eyes - so you're going to want to keep your lips as neutral as possible - I would suggest a nude or baby pink lipgloss.
The Even Smokier Smokey Eye
I choose the colour brown because when you're first learning how to create a Smokey Eye - it's a great way to get started - because it's not as overwhelming as just wearing black and can be worn during the day. Also, once you've master the basic smokey eye - you can replace the brown with any shade you want - like purple, blue, green - then you can really start to have fun with this look.
So, now if you wanted to take this look and kick it up a notch and make it smokier all you would have to do is add more black to increase the intensity and here's how:
Step One - Take your black eyeliner pencil and apply it on your eyelid, sticking with the outer 'V' (when creating any eye makeup look - it's important to remember the two 'V's - the inner v is located on the inside of your eye and is usually the lightest and brightest area - whereas the outer 'V' is at the end of your eye and is usually the darkest and most intense area.)
When applying the eyeliner - don't worry if it's perfect - because next your going to smudge it out all over the lid - the smudging is where all the "smoke" happens - so it's at this point where you can make it as dark or as light as you want - by smudging it a little or a lot.
Step Two - Next, take your black eyeshadow and apply it right into the crease of your eyelid - for the basic smokey eye we applied the black eyeshadow only half way into the outer 'V' but this time - you're going to want to take the black as far in as you want - depending on how intense you want this look to be.
* Don't forget when applying eyeshadow it's super important to tap it off on your hand first to prevent it from falling on your cheek.
Step Three - Take your tiny smudge brush and apply extra black eyeshadow on the bottom of your lash line as well.
Step Four - You can finish this look with a few false lashes if you want or a generous amount of volumizing black mascara.
* To prevent your mascara from getting on the side of your nose - remove the tip and the excess on the wand to the back of your hand first before applying on your lashes.
* An important thing to remember when wearing a Smokey Eye - is that you want all the focus to be on your eyes - so you're going to want to keep your face makeup to a minimum and your lips as neutral as possible - I would suggest a nude or baby pink lipgloss.
Dramatic Metallic Eye
I love using shimmer eyeshadow, because not only can it be very bold and dramatic but it can also be soft and pretty and is a great way to incorporate cool new shades into your makeup wardrobe and it's also a lot of fun!
However, most of the great 'shimmers' on the market like the MAC pigments, which I love - come as loose pigments - and when not applied properly - you could end up with it all over your face. So, to avoid looking like an ornament this season, here are some easy steps:
Step One - Now, before you actually apply the shimmer on your eyelid - I would suggest to start by applying a liquid or cream eyebase - this will help the shimmer adhere to the eyelid and allow the pigment to really stand out. My favourite eyebase on the market is Laura Mercier's eye basic in Wheat. Because this shade is so neutral - you can apply it all over your eyelid and up to the eyebrow to even out the skin tone.
Step Two - Now for the pigment - Start by tapping the loose shimmer pigment onto a Kleenex. (you can use any shade you want - the key is to have fun with it!) I'm using MAC Pigment in:
Step Three - Next, to avoid it from falling all over your cheek, you want to apply the shimmer with your finger, rather than an eyeshadow brush - and apply it all over your eyelid. To get the most intensity when using shimmers, you're going to want to press and pat the product into the lid.
Step Four - Now for the liquid eyeliner - I love using eyeliner because not only is it a great way to take your look from day to night, it's super sexy and will really help to make this look nice and dramatic. But one of the most common complaints I get from women when using liquid eyeliner is that it can be really hard to draw a straight line. So here are some easy tips to do just that!
I like to call this technique: "my trace method"
Think about when you were a kid and you use to 'trace' images before actually drawing them - and now think about how easy that was, compared to just free hand drawing? Well, those same rules apply here: So before you actually apply the liquid eyeliner - you're going to want to create a line that you will then trace over.
Step Five - Start by taking a flat eyeliner brush and dip it into black eyeshadow.
Step Six - Press and pat the brush right along your lash line - creating a straight line. (Let the brush do all the work.)
Step Seven - Take your liquid eyeliner and just simply "trace" over the already existing line. It couldn't be easier than that!
Step Eight - Next, you can finish this look with a few coats of volumizing black mascara.