Tuesday, 28 June 2016

HOW TO: Dramatic Blue Smokey Eye

I'm really nervous to post this?! I love playing with make-up and I've done so many reviews on here letting you know my thoughts but I've never actually shown what you I can do with it, which is obviously the whole point of make-up! I think I'm just intimidated by how many amazing makeup artists and social influencers there are who's makeup and photo shop skills are so incredible that their makeup looks 100% flawless when photographed. 

Although I'm not really into that fake "instagram look", I hate how when I photograph my makeup with my DSLR, it picks up every little flaw in my skin! Even though I know everyone has discolouration, under eye bags etc, I almost hate to post it online because so many people heavily edit theirs out. Plus, I'm obviously not a make up artist or anything, so compared to professionals my make-up looks dreadful! 

That being said, I'd really appreciate it if you'd let me know if you enjoyed or didn't enjoy this post, to provide guidance for me as to whether to post more of these "how to" posts or not. Anyway, onto the actual make-up look. 

I used Urban Decay's Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette for this look. I strongly suggest doing your eyeshadow before the rest of your makeup because I used very dark colours, and Urban Decay eyeshadows are extremely pigmented and produce a lot of fall out. 
I only used the shades: Blonde, Anaheim, Stark, Zone, DangerBathwater and Blackout

First, I prime my eye using Too Faced Shadow Insurance
I apply Blonde all over the lid: 
Then I take Stark and, using a large fluffy brush, I blend it into the crease. 
I follow by doing the exact same, but with slightly darker shades, Anaheim and Zone to add dimension. 
I spray my flat lid brush with Mac Fix+ and then pick up Danger. I press it all over my lid, starting at the inner corner, and working the excess into the outer crease. 
This is where it starts to get really messy! Using a pencil brush, I start to shape my wing, beginning at the outer corner, using Blackout. I use all the pigmentation of Blackout to draw the wing, then pat the excess delicately onto the outer corner and creeping onto the lid. 
Using my big fluffy brush and a very light hand, I blend out all the black shadow. I start by blending it into the crease, and work the excess across the lid. I do this until I start to see a buffed out - almost blurred - effect. 
I then keep going back and adding more Blackout then blending it out until I'm satisfied with how dark it is. Depending on how vibrant you want the blue to be, you may want to re-apply Danger. Just keep repeating these steps until you're happy with how it looks. 
Once I'm happy with how the shadows are, I use an angled brow brush (any angled flat brush will do) and Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover to shape the wing. 
I dip the brush in the makeup remover then use it to sharpen up the wing. This is my favourite method to do a dramatic wing!
Also remove any excess and fall out. Once that's all good to go, it should look a little something like this:
Then I go ahead and do the rest of my makeup, before returning to the eyes. I line under my eyes by buffing out Blackout. I apply Blackout first, pick Zone up on my brush, then buff them out together.
Then I line my waterline using Make Up Forever's Artist Liner in Noir.
Then apply mascara,  I used Lancome Hypnose Volume.
Finally, top the whole thing off with an inner corner highlight, using the shade Bathwater:
And you're done!
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  1. Love this post! I'd love to see more like this. It's a beautiful look :).

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