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?
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?