I have discovered the easiest, most fool-proof, flattering, fabulous and quick way to a smoky eye. Easy, foolproof and quick because it's just two beautifully formulated products (3 if you count the brush), fabulous and flattering because of the magical color. It might sound like I'm exaggerating a bit, but honestly, I've become addicted to this as my new lightening quick makeup routine.
Check it out...
See that color? I don't know if there's a word to describe it. Clinique calls it 'Egyptian' (not even close to being a color name) and Make Up For Ever calls it 'Bronze' (which is at least a color, but not the right one, and pretty unimaginative if you ask me). I would say it's a deep dark slate khaki with miniscule flecks of gold in it for added depth and dimension. Like glamorous army camouflage. Or an oil slick. None of which sounds very desirable, I get that. But just look at it! Trust me when I say this is the perfect smoky eye color. It has a softness you would never get from black, and a certain warmth that greys would never provide, but it doesn't really read as any sort of specific color once it's on. Just smudgy smoky goodness. It works magic against my pale skin, and I think it makes my hazel eyes look a little more honey, but I can imagine how glorious it would look on darker skin tones as well.
Here's how you do it:
Use Clinique Cream Shaper for Eyes in Egyptian, liberally and messily, on your waterline, in the roots of your lashes, and then from there take it out as big as you want. I usually just add a bit to the outer third of my upper lid. Be reckless and careless. Smudge with your finger. Then to deepen and soften the effect (simultaneously! Pretty neat, huh?), use a small eyeshadow brush like the #23 from Sephora (currently on sale!) with the Make Up Forever Eyeshadow in Bronze 84, and go over the edges, blending out and expanding as much as you dare. I tend to go pretty easy on the liner and a little more heavy-handed with the shadow; it gives me that desirable slept-in look pretty effortlessly without looking overly heavy or dark.
It literally takes 2 minutes. And I never look like I've been beaten up, or worse, dead for days, which has happened to me with bluer, blacker, or greyer shades of smoke. Khaki oil slick perfection. Try it, I bet it will rock your world.
Do you do smoky eyes? What's your perfect color?