Friday, October 26, 2012
FOTD: BURGANDY SMOKEY EYES
Products used: Fashion Fair True Finish Refining Mineral Makeup in Fine Mahogany, MAC Paint Pot in Artifact, Urban Decay's Sin eyeshadow from the Naked palette, MAC eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate, MAC matte blush in Blunt, Black Radiance sheer blush in Plumb Sorbet, Maybelline EyeStudio creme eyeliner in Blackest Black, L'Oreal Voluminous False Lashes mascara in Black.
The technique: when doing a smokey eye, it's not so much about the color as it is about the technique. The idea is that whatever color you use you "smoke it out" or fade the color's intensity as you work it up towards the brow. The color should be the darkest at the lash line and gradually get lighter the higher up you go. I first used Artifact all over the lid as a primer and to help deepen the color of the shadow that would later go over it. Then Sin, the lightest color used in this look, was placed in the inner corners of the eye to keep the eyes looking bright and lifted. Next, Plumb Sorbet was used as an eyeshadow all over the lid and blended up towards the socket. It's a matte color so made a nice textural contrast to the inner corners. I also ran it lightly under the lower lash line. Then a little Swiss Chocolate (about 1 shade darker than my skin tone) was blended into the socket and a little above to help create a smooth transition towards the brow. My brow highlight is actually Blunt because I didn't want anything to contrast too much with the brow. One coat of mascara (yes, these are my real lashes) and a little black creme liner (with wing) and the eyes are done! For the rest of the face I kept it low key: A little Blunt again, this time to lightly contour the cheeks, the nose and just a light touch of Plumb Sorbet on the cheeks. A neutral lipstick by Wet 'N Wild (sorry, no name or number but it's a darkish tan with a hint of pink) and I'm done!