Friday, October 26, 2012

FOTD: BURGANDY SMOKEY EYES

Hey Lovelies!  Today's post is gonna be short as I'll be showing an FOTD.  As you all know, the fall/winter season just sings out for rich, full-bodied colors.  Nature abounds with it:  deep golds, rusty oranges and reds, deep plums and burgandies...you get the idea.  Anyway, a lot of us beauties tend to go for gray, deep brown, or black for the ever-enduring smokey eye.  For today, I decided to use a rich burgandy color to give a twist on this classic makeup look.
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! 

What do you think?  Definitely wearable for daytime; punch it up for a night out by adding more mascara and/or a pair of lashes, a little more blush and perhaps change the lipstick.  Do you do the smokey eye?  What is your favorite color and technique to use?  Until next time Lovelies, blessings, hugs and peace!

4 comments:

  1. hi amina! thank you so much...blessings!

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  2. gorg!! your lashes look fab too!

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    1. hello kia! thanks so much for the compliment. thought i needed to show a smokey eye of a different color! blessings

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