(Closed) why are ‘smokey eyes’ so difficult!?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
4014 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think you did a great job! You have a great eye shape for the “winged shadow” effect at the edges. If you want it a little more smokey, thickly line your top lashes with a pencil and then use a smudger to smudge it upwards. The Smoke Eye was a frequent request when I worked at Sephora! Good luck!

Post # 4
2084 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

You did a better job than me when I attemped to copy a YouTube tutorial! I think it looks great, but would second a slightly darker line along the top lid.

Nb. I always end up looking liks a sorry panda when I try this.

Post # 5
32 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

Do you have a smudge brush?  I got a smashbox one at sephora.  It takes my smokey eye look from drag queen to awesome in a few seconds!  I think yours looks really good I would just blend the black a bit more.

Post # 6
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m a make up artist and you’ve actually done a good job.

This is how I do it: apply your lightest color over the lid, then take your medium shade and blend it into the socket line. Then, take your deepest shade and blend it again into the socket and underneath the eyes from the outer corner inwards (but not all the way in). I’d apply the darker color sparingly and build it up then apply your eyeliner and mascara. I also think that brows are key to making this look work. I’d use a soft brown eybrow product or pencil to define them a little more. This will make the whole look ‘pop’ and look a lot more balanced.

To me, you have done well but don’t be afraid of using more shadow. When you open your eyes you should still see the color on the socket. I would just amp up your usage of all of the products more!

And most importantly BLEND, BLEND, BLEND!

Hope that helps!

Post # 7
669 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think you did a really good job, and I’m super picky!!! Did you use a grey smokey-eye set?  If so, who is the maker and what is the coloring called?  I really like it!

Post # 8
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Invest in a good blending brush. Something that is long and soft. I love MAC 222 (pictured) or 224:

Basically if you do exactly what you have and then use this brush over your dark colour to blend out the harsh edge it will be perfect! Also since this brush deposits only a small amount of colour it makes it easy to slowly add more of your light or dark colours where you want them to adjust the look.

Post # 9
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i think it looks good! maybe just blend the black a bit more, i love a smokey eye…just blend blend blend

Post # 10
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think you did a pretty good job!

I think getting the smokey eye is always a bit frustrating/tedious in getting the right amount of blend.

I REALLY love watching youtube tutorials for eye makeup… =)

Post # 11
817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I used to have lots of troubles blending different colors of eyeshadows on my lids…but then I found Urban Decay’s primer and I’ve been getting TONS of compliments on my eyeshadow. So if you didn’t use a primer here, I’d suggest it!

Also I’d use a little more concealer under your eyes (however it could just be the lighting). You can even fold up a tissue and hold it under your eye so you don’t flake off any of the shadow where you don’t want it.

Post # 12
2825 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think part of why you might not like it is because it is pretty dark… I have green eyes and I find that black or greys are really harsh and don’t show off my eyes… Try doing a smoky eye with browns preferably pinky browns, pink bases, champagne highlight and rich browns. 🙂  Good luck!

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