The big “secret” to achieving a smokey eye is to blend blend BLEND!
So, you’ve seen a flawless smokey eye on practically every major celebrity, but are too afraid of trying to replicate this look because it seems too difficult to recreate? Gordons Chemists are here to show you that creating a smokey eye is extremely easy and will not leave you with panda eyes.
Some people think you need to buy a high end eyeshadow palette and have endless textures, finishes and colours to create a smokey eye… Truth: all you need is one colour and continuously blend! However it is a lot easier if you have at least 2/3 colours to create a dramatic smokey eye.
Below is a list of products you can buy from your Local Gordons Chemists store and guide to create that superstar smokey eye.
What you will need:
- Concealer/eyeshadow primer (L’Oréal Paris true match concealer)
- Light, medium and dark eyeshadows (W7 In the Night Up in Smoke Palette)
- Black eyeliner pencil (L’Oréal Super Liner Perfect Slim)
- Mascara (Rimmel London Volume Colourist Mascara)
- Optional – Ardell Demi Wispies lashes
Step by step
- Apply concealer over the lid (this acts as a great base/primer)
- Set this concealer with the lightest colour in the palette (All White)
- Blend the lightest colour all over the lid and up towards the brow (All White)
- Apply the light grey colour on the outer half of the eye and in your crease (Jive)
- Blend two darker colours in the outer ‘V’ of the eye, blend in towards the middle of the lid and just above the crease. (Carbon and Diesel)
- Then take the darkest colour and apply this along the lash line and on the outer ‘V’ to create a more dramatic look. (Meteor)
- The trick is to ensure each colour runs smoothly into each other – therefore make sure you keep blending.
- Now you can apply the super liner as a flick or apply a kohl liner & blend, to further enhance the smokiness
- Optional – apply false lashes (Ardell Demi Wispies are a personal favourite – pictured below)
- Lastly use your choice of mascara to coat top and lower lashes to finish this long-lasting dramatic look.
If you have seen beauty bloggers using the trusty sellotape trick, to create a straight, neat winged liner and eyeshadow, then you’ll know this beauty hack is a killer! However, what happens if you forget to pack your sellotape or you run out? Answer below…
Top Tip – To create a perfectly neat winged look, grab your translucent powder (Vichy is my personal choice) and a flat brush or sponge (Real techniques sponge or stippling brush are favourites). Pack a substantial amount of the powder under the eye and towards the brow bone, and then continue to create your smokey eye. Do not worry if shadow falls out beneath your eyes, this will swipe away with the powder. Reapply the translucent powder if and when needed! Once you have created your ideal smokey eye, grab a fluffy powder brush and simply swipe away the powder and remainders of eyeshadow. There you have it – a flawless neat winged eye look!