pro artist tip of the week - smoky eyes made easy

Apr 25, 2011

the smoky eye remains a top trend on the red carpet or for a night on the town, for good reason.  adding drama to the eyes is a great way to look sultrier in minutes.  many people shy away from smoky assuming it's too difficult.  on the contrary, a smoky eye is really about soft edges, blending, and intensity.  you'll have it down every time if you stick to these tips.

-there are no strict rules for the smoky eye.  you can achieve the look with 2 colors or 4.  the key is to focus on how you want your eyes to look after the colors have been applied.

-always apply the darkest shade at the lash line. this is where you want the most intensity. use a pencil, powder, or gel, to create the dimension you are looking for.

-highlight your lids with a shimmer shadow.  this prevents the "black eye" effect that is often feared with a smoky eye.  the shadow doesn't have to be light, simply a texture that will not make your eyes look dull.

-blend, blend, blend.  the perfect smoky eye has no harsh edges.  

-finish every smoky eye with lots of mascara.  we like major major lash for runway-like drama every time! 

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