Now that the summer nights are getting exceedingly steamy here in Sydney, I’m on the search for an alternative to a standard black and grey smokey eye. Not that there’s anything wrong with a classic midnight smokey eye, of course, but I don’t want to worry too much about the actual maintenance that comes along with a makeup look that’s heavy on black liner and shadow combined with humid weather (and slightly too much wine).
The solution is to create an eye makeup look that has the trappings of a regular smoky eye – a darker colour smoked up and out from the lashline with a contrast between light and dark – while still keeping it wearable and capable of surviving a sweltering summer evening.
Products used: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Laura Mercier Sugar Frost Caviar Stick, MAC 15x Warm Neutral Eye Shadow palette, Bobbi Brown Black Ink Longwear Gel Eyeliner, Make Up For Ever23L Champagne Aqua Eyes, Benefit They’re Real! mascara, MAC Fling Eye Brows.
- Firstly I prime with Too Faced Shadow Insurance from lashline to brow and under the lower lashline. I then applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Sugar Frost (Adore Beauty) across the upper lid and along the lower lashline, pushing it into the still damp primer until it ‘holds’. This stick cream liner creates the lustrous dewy wet look as well as boosting the efficacy and colour of any power eyeshadows applied over the top.
- MAC Brule eyeshadow (MAC Cosmetics) was applied along the upper brow with a large soft brush, then MAC Butterfudge was applied across the upper lid and under the lower lash line with a damp/wet brush. Applying it wet boosts the shimmer factor of this frosty satin eyeshadow, complimenting the existing shine created by the Cavier Stick.
- To create dimension through the crease I applied MAC Gingersnap eyeshadow on a fluffy blending brush, blending up and out before sweeping it under the lower lashes, concentrating on the outside corner of the eye.
- MAC Divine Decadence was applied in a wedge shape on the outer corner of the upper lid, patting the colour in so it didn’t overpower the underlying dewy shine. Any leftover shadow on the brush was pushed into the lower lashline.
- To finish the look I lined the upper waterline of my eye with Bobbi Brown Black Ink gel eyeliner (David Jones), working it into the lashline by angling the brush up and underneath the eyelashes. Any remaining gel eyeliner on the brush was softly dabbed underneath the lower lashes on the outside corner of the eye. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 23L Champagne eyeliner (Sephora) was smudged into the inside corner of my eye, then I curled my lashes and applied a slick of Benefit They’re Real! mascara (Adore Beauty) before applying a quick swipe of MAC Eye Brows in Fling (MAC Cosmetics) through my brows.