Saturday, November 21, 2015

5 Reasons Why Smokey Eyes Go Wrong.

Hello Gals!

Have you ever attempted to do a smokey eye and no matter which eyeshadow combination or smokey eye application method that you have used, your finished look has never turned out quite right? 



 reasons why smokey eyes go wrong


Smokey eyes are supposed to exude that sultry, smouldering boudoir feel, where the shades gradually transition into each other seamlessly without any harsh lines. 
Today I am going to share with you some of the main reasons why you may be having difficulty achieving this effect.

5 Reasons Why Smokey Eyes Go Wrong:

1) Skipping the Eyeshadow Primer - Skipping the eye primer is a recipe for disaster even when creating the simplest of eye makeup looks and is far worse when you skip it when creating a dramatic smokey eye.

2) Skipping the Highlighter - Applying highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes, and under your brows are important steps as lighter shades are needed to offset the darker shades to give your smokey eye balance.

3) Not Blending Enough - To achieve that seamless transition from darker to lighter shades, blending is key. Not blending or not blending enough will give you a chunky patchy finish.

4) Applying too Much Eyeliner - This is such a common mistake! Using too much eyeliner on both the top and bottom lash line will result in a mask like appearance. Blending is just as important when it comes to your eyeliner, again you want to achieve that soft dreamy finish.

5)Unbalanced Finish - This is more common when applying a smokey eye using darker shades. If your smokey eyes are dark and dramatic, there is really no reason to be heavy handed on your blush and lipstick choices. The rest of your look should stay soft and neutral, eg. subtle peach, pink or nude lips complimented with  a soft shade of blush.

Now, even though I have recommended nude-y lip shades, depending on the occasion, I also think red lips work extremely well with the classic smokey eye shades (grey/silver, charcoal and black)


So keep these tips in mind the next time you decide to rock a smokey eye...I'm sure you will be pleased with the results.

Thanks for reading!

What are some of your most lived by tips for creating smokey eyes?



Keisha xo  
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  1. Not blending enough seems like the most common mistake with smokey eyes! Thanks for these brilliant tips Keisha! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. So true Gabrielle! I also find not blending enough quite a common mistake in most eye looks. You're so welcome, I enjoy sharing :)

      xo

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  2. Wow, I see the difference! Thank you so much for the tutorial Keisha xoxo
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    1. Thanks so much for reading Glenda! I'm happy that you enjoyed this.

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  3. I know what you mean by seeing the before and after great tips I found this very helpful and informative.

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    1. Thank you Jackie! Yes, there is a huge difference in the after. I am glad that these tips were useful to you.

      xo

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  4. I honestly think I've just given up on ever having a nice, blended smokey eye look! Every time I try I look like a raccoon. But your look is gorgeous!

    -Alex
    A Northern Light

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    1. Oh no! Don't' give up! You prob just really need to blend more and tone down the amount of eyeliner. You could also use softer shades like browns and tupes and beiges. Hope this helps :)
      Thanks so much for visiting!

      Xo

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  5. Like Alexandra, I have long gave up in getting the perfect smokey eyes. I just can't achieve it, it always look muddy or just a bloody mess on me. Not even a hot mess, it's beyond that. LOL!

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    1. LOL Shireen! I can always count on you to make me laugh! My advice would be to keep trying :)

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  6. Definitely going with a nude or lighter lip helps! I'm getting better, but I haven't perfected it. Great job Keisha.
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    1. Thank you Kim! A lighter lip works best as it lets the smokey eye take center stage,...a darker lip may compete.

      xo

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  7. Such a difference! I think people can easily make that mistake! A little bit to much of a product can really change the look!

    Georgia Jade | The Weekend Attic

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    1. So true Georgia! Too much liner with a smokey eye can easily take your look from beautiful to racoon mask. Thanks for reading!

      xo

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  8. Thanks for sharing these tips, I definitely see why a nude lip is better now:)
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    1. Your welcome :) yup, nude lips are the perfect choice for a dramatic smokey eye. Thanks so much for popping by!

      xo

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  9. Great tips! Blend, blend, blend until your hands fall off at least that's what I like to tell myself haha! Taking the time to blend makes all the difference with any look~
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    1. LOL! So true! Blending makes all the difference in dramatic eye make. When you think you have blended enough...blend some more:) Thanks so much for visiting Sylvia.

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  10. Very interesting the image you've done ! It's important to balance well the colour and finishes with a smokey eyes :P
    Kisses dear Keisha =)

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    1. Agreed...creating balance is key! Thank you so much for reading Marghe!

      xo

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    2. I like this kind of post, thanks for sharing it =)

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it :)

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  12. A very interesting post , I love to read you !!! greetings !!

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  13. Such a true and interesting post ! I confess I am guilty of not blending enough sometimes, and I have to be more attentive next time ! Kisses

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    1. Yes, blending seems to be one of the main culprits of an unbalanced look. Thanks for reading Vale!

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  14. Great tips Keisha! I agree with you. When I have a smokey eye, I tend to stick with a nude blush and lip because I don't want my makeup to clash. My eyes should stand out the most, so I'm keeping everything else pretty simple.

    May from La Vie en May

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    1. Thank you May! Going neutral with the rest of your look is a fab choice as you don't want the rest of your look to compete with your eyes or like you said, to clash.

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  15. Thanks for the tips Keisha!! All of them are very important!!

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    1. You're welcome Andrea! Thanks for reading.

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  16. Beautiful! And great tips!
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  17. i'm not very good at a smoky eye, i'll keep this in mind next time!

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    1. Smokey eyes do take a bit of practice. Be sure to let me know how you get on with it. Thanks for visiting!

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  18. what a great and helpful post! Loved it

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    1. I'm so glad that you found it helpful! Thanks so much for visiting.

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  19. I think not blending enough is the #1 mistake people make. Blending is so important! This is a great post.

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  20. Very good tips, Keisha! I know I have to blend like crazy when I wear darker colors. This is such a helpful post.

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    1. Thank you Lauren! I'm glad that this was useful to you :)

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  21. Thank you for sharing these tips, there really is a huge difference! Have a great week!

    xo, Esther

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    1. You're welcome! Adding a few of the right steps can make all the difference ;)

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  22. Great tips xx Thank you!

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  23. oh wow... you have beautiful eyes!
    Great tips, thanks for sharing....
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  24. Thanks for these really useful and great tips Keisha!! I got to know about a lot of things which I need to keep in mind while doing smokey!!

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    1. I'm glad that you enjoyed this tips Charu and that they are useful to you :)

      Xo

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  25. OMGGG, Keisha, this post has been so helpful, like you wouldn't believe! Seriously. I've read it twice, just to make sure that my brain absorbed everything you said! Lol.
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    1. Also, I LOVE it when you share tips and tricks!

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    2. Awe!!! Thank you so much Tammy for the feedback...I'm so happy that you enjoy these types of posts :)

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  26. Not blending properly is for sure a major reason
    great article dear

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  27. Wow! Amazing amazing post. I love how the image is split in half and how you outlines dos and dont's!

    XO
    Molly
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  28. I think point five is the most important one! (:
    Nati xx
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  29. Very nice look!!!Have a nice day!!kiss!!

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  30. Amazing post and tips, you are so on point! Keep up the great work :)
    Stella
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  31. These are incredible tips Keisha! I love a smokey eye from time to time and these tips are hands down a great way for me to perfect the look!

    xx Tamara Chloé

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