Makeup Tutorial #2
Hello everyone! Due to the terrible weather conditions lately, I'm back again with another makeup up related post until I can get some better quality styling photographs. I was overwhelmed by the lovely response to my last post, and it makes me feel warm inside to know that people are reading and enjoying what I am putting out to the world!
Today's look is my own take on a smokey-eye, which, luckily, you all favoured over a natural style look on my recent Instagram poll. To me, the idea of a natural look is more terrifying than a dramatic, maximal makeup style - however, don't worry, I definitely plan to challenge myself to post a natural, everyday look very soon. I adapted this smokey eye to be more 'me' by adding a hint of neon green, but this can easily be substituted for any other colour that you feel comfortable with: a silver glitter or even a nude pink for example.
So here goes: the first steps I took were exactly the same as in my previous post. I primed my eyelids as normal with the Urban Decay Primer Potion, followed by the use of the shade Titan to create a base for the shadow. The only difference is the addition of tape which I placed just below my lower lashes, reaching towards the tip of my eyebrow. This helps keep the line of shadow straight, as well as picks up a little of the fall out created - which can be helpful especially when using dark colours like black and grey.
I then built up the shade Tall Grey just above my crease and placed it from the corner of my eye right up to the tape. I used quite light strokes to achieve this, and built up the colour gradually to make sure it wasn't too dark.
I then took the same brush and dipped into the darker grey shade, to apply this just below where the first shade was. I then took a fluffier, larger brush and dipped into both shades while blending them out until they mixed together nicely. This may take quite a bit of time as I find that the darker the colour is, the harder it is to blend - but maybe that's just me!
I then used mt foundation on a flat brush to cut the crease. Once the foundation is applied to the lid, I looked up to determine where the crease needed to be cut. I took care to only cover around two-thirds of the lid, as I want to smoke out the edges once I had applied the lid shade.
I used my finger to pack on the shade Abduction - this is definitely one of my favourite shades in the palette and one I use very frequently.
Then I took a flat, packer brush to build up the colour and follow the line of the cut crease. The colour looks a lot more vibrant the more you build it up, so I built up quite a lot of layers.
With a small packer brush, I applied the shade Black Hole to the outer corner of my eye. I used quite a lot of this shade to ensure that none of the foundation I used for the cut crease is visible.
And blend! In the pictoral, I kind of skipped out a small step which is just to keep blending and adding black until the colours are nicely blended and smokey. To make the shadow 'pop' a little, and to disguse the blend of the green shade with the black, I added a small amount of shade Bend the Knee from the Urban Decay Game of Thrones palette just to add a bit of shimmer - and an excuse to use this beautiful shade!
Next up, I added liner. I applied the liner before removing the tape. By doing this, it makes sure that your wing follows the line of the smoked shadow: a cheat way of creating a perfect cat eye every time!
I then added the shade Pluto to the inner corner, as well as under the brow bone. This is a step I add to every look, to make the eyes look more open and awake. A little more blending may be needed to make the shade flow into the other colours that you have added.
Finally, I applied my face makeup and gave my eyeshadow time to 'settle'. Following this, I took the same brush I had used to create the whole look, and applied the shade Tall Grey to the lower lash line to smoke it out. Then, of course, mascara!
And there we have it: a finished look. Because I used quite dark colours, I stuck to a nude lip, one of my new favourites in my collection and a nice change from wearing a matte liquid lip.
I hope you enjoyed this look - let me know what you think about it. I'd love to know if any of you try it out yourself. Full list of products below:
Foundation - Kat Von D 'Lock-It' (Shade 44 Light Cool)
Eyes - Jeffree Star Cosmetics Alien Palette
Urban Decay Game of Thrones Palette
Kat Von D Fetish blush and highlight palette (discontinued)