As much as I love crazy bright, dramatic makeup…certain occasions may call for something a little more subdued…or at the very least more of a classic look.
The Smokey Eye is probably the most sought after makeup look out there right now. Everyone puts twists and turns on it, but it seems to be what the majority of looks stem from. There are many ways to create one, but I’m going to show you how I created what I consider to be the classic smokey eye using silver and black eyeshadows.
What you want to do is select three monochromatic eyeshadows (meaning they must stem from the same shade). For my look, I used Forgery, Print and Black Tied eyeshadows – all by MAC Cosmetics. All of them are cool shades containing silver sparkles (see swatch below).
Forgery – Sterling Silver (Lustre)
Print – Muted grey with shimmer (satin)
Black Tied – Black with silver sparkle (velvet)
How to make a smokey eye:
- My first step is always my eyebrows and under eye concealer. I used Palladio’s eyebrow gel to hold my brows in place and then filled them in using Mystery eyeshadow by MAC.
- Using an eyeshadow primer, cover your lid and all the way up to your eyebrow. For this I used Mary Kay’s eye primer.
- Then, using your lightest shade from your three shadows, cover the middle part of your eyelid and stop at the crease. The inner and outer portions of your eyelid should be bare. For this step I used Forgery.
- Then, using your middle shade, (in my case “Print” eyeshadow) you want to begin filling in the inner and outer portions of your eyelid. Blend this in gently with your lightest shade, be careful not to go too far into the middle of your lid.
- Using the middle shade still, gently blend up into the crease of your eye and go back and forth throughout the entire length of the crease – connecting the inner and outer sections of shadow.
- Now, you want to take the darkest shade of your trio (in my case, Black Tied) and begin dusting it on top of the middle shade, focusing mainly on the outer and inner corners of your eyes. This will help create depth and dimension. Again, be sure to blend evenly. You shouldn’t be able to tell where one colour stops and the next begins, everything should flow together.
- For under your lower lash line, you want to take your darkest shade and blend it into the lashes on the outer half of your eye, connecting it to the dark outside corner of your lid.
- Then, take your lightest shade and blend it along your lower lash line throughout the inner half of your eye. This will help open up your eye and not make it appear “closed off”.
- Using your lightest shade still, go ahead and highlight your brow bone.
- Apply your eye liner next. I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner on my upper lashes and used MAC’s Blacktrack fluidline gel liner on my waterline.
- Finish with mascara on both your upper and bottom lashes. I used Clinique’s High Impact Mascara.
- Apply your lashes (completely optional). For this look, I used Ardell’s 102 Demi lashes.
All of the above pictures are taken with flash and you can see a real difference in this look when you capture it in natural light or direct sunlight. It’s not as intense as you might initially think.
I absolutely love this look for that very reason. It is super wearable for daytime and sexy enough for evening. And with MAC eyeshadows being super long lasting…you can literally wear this classic smokey eye all day!
What do you think? Do you have a technique for creating a smokey eye that you like better, or do you think you will give this a try? I’d love to hear from you!!
Thanks for reading!
In between our trip to Toronto and heading out for Quebec City, we had one night back in Ottawa and had a small gathering to get some friends together and enjoy the long Easter weekend. So it seemed like a good occasion to experiment with a new makeup look.
This silver and blue smoky eye was easy to create and a good option for an evening or a holiday look. I find using blue instead of black (like you would typically see with silver) also makes it a little more fun by adding a pop of colour, black would be much sexier and more dramatic. So it just depends on what sort of look you are trying to create.
To create this look:
- Start by applying an eye primer all over your lid and up to your brow. I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion for this step. Give it a minute and let it set.
- Gently press Platinum Pigment by MAC (or you can use any silver eyeshadow) all over your lid. Depending on the texture of the shadow you are using, sometimes I find that pressing the shadow on results in better coverage and a nicer colour payoff than what you would get by brushing it on.
- Then select your darker colour of choice, I went for Deep Truth by MAC which is a shimmery navy blue. Spread this colour throughout your crease and at the outer edge of your eye.
- I then took a little bit of Black Tied eyeshadow by MAC (a black with small specks of silver) and really intensified the outer edge by making it just a tad darker, adding more depth.
- Using a lighter colour as a highlighter, softly brighten the inner corner of your eye and your brown bone. For this I used Forgery eyeshadow by MAC, a very light silver shade.
- Then, using an angled shadow brush, I dusted both the navy blue eyeshadow (Deep Truth) and the platinum pigment under my lash line to bring the top and bottom together.
- For eyeliner, I would recommend either a gel eyeliner or a liquid liner. For both my waterline and my upper lashes, I used MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack.
- I finished the look off with 2 coats of Too Faced lashGASM mascara. (If you want to see this mascara face off with it’s competitor, please visit my Ultimate Mascara Review)
Please let me know if you like this format of breaking down the shadows, if you find it useful or interesting, please let me know and I can keep doing it!
Now, onto the rest of the evening! Samira brought with her from Brazil, not only some recipes, but also some actual ingredients so we could make authentic Caipirinha (a Brazillian drink) and Brigadeiro (a Brazilian sweet). It was a perfect night to try everything out seeing as we had a room full of people eager to sample.
What you need:
- A Bottle of Cachaca
- Lemons or Limes
- Ice (Crushed ice would’ve been better I think)
Start off by cutting up your lime or lemon into four pieces
Remove the peel and place the pieces of lemon/lime in the bottom of your glass. Add 4 spoonfuls of sugar on top.
Use anything you have to mash up the fruit and sugar until it looks like this: (As you can see, we had to use the handle of our whisk)
Now this is where this gets insane. Add Cachaca and a few ice cubes.
This drink was insanely strong. It smelled and tasted like pure alcohol. No one was able to finish theirs, except for Samira. I think this was some sort of sick joke…although she was able to finish more than one. +1 Samira, you win!
I think if I was ever going to make this again, I would used crushed ice and pack my glass full, before adding the Cachaca…that way you only end up with about 2 ounces of alcohol in your drink, instead of 10.
After the drinks, I think everyone was a little weary of the Brigadeiro…haha, but everyone ended up loving this typical Brazilian sweet.
What you need:
- 2 cans of condensed milk
- 6 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- chocolate sprinkles
***If you want to make your Brigadeiro into balls: remove from heat and let rest until cool enough to handle. Form into small balls and eat at once or chill until serving.***
How many of you are rushing off right now to go make some homemade chocolate?!?!? Be honest!!
But seriously, I would love to hear from you if you’ve ever made either of these before and what you thought! (Or, if you think you’ll try them in the future.)
Thanks for reading!
❤ Shannon ❤
One of my bridesmaids and her mother held a Bridal Shower for me yesterday. This meant a lot to me. Seeing as I am not from here originally, none of my family lives here in Ottawa and my Maid of Honour lives in Alberta as well. So they were sweet enough to make sure I still got a shower – they deserve a big huge thank you!! It really was a special day – thanks to all who were able to come!
Keeping with the theme of an Emerald Green wedding dress I gave myself some dramatic green eyes.