Not all smokey eyes are alike! Some are just dying to be worn on a romantic date or to an evening at the opera. As a professional makeup artist, I understand that working with dark eyeshadows can be intimidating. (Darker shades do make your eyes look smaller.) However, I find I can’t resist showing my clients the smokey brown eye with black glitter. With this look, you get that smokey style but you also get a bit of dramatic texture.
For this eye makeup tutorial, you’ll need the following: eyebrow pencil, black eyeliner, brown matte eyeshadow, tan matte eyeshadow, black eye glitter, mascara and a foundation pen. For tools, you’ll also need a few eye makeup brushes. (Also, you must purchase makeup glitter, not craft store glitter.) Here’s how you do it.
Cover the eye with primer. That should go on from lash line to the eye brow. This handy product will stop the color from smearing and settling into fine lines.
Hide any dark circles you may see with concealer. Dark circles diminish the beauty of your smoky eye. Once the concealer sets (about 30 seconds) curl your eyelashes. Fill in any eyebrow gaps with an eyebrow pencil.
Apply medium-brown, matte eyeshadow to your eyelid. I put this eyeshadow from the lash line to just below the brow bone. To stop shadow scatter, pat the shadow on, don’t sweep it on.
Line the eye socket crease with black eyeliner. I line from the inner eye to the outer eye, making a wing tip to finish. To keep your eyes from looking too small, draw just above the crease. This will be the outline you will use for the glitter application.
Touch the brow bone area with the tan matte eyeshadow using a short-bristled, angled brush. This goes under the brows but don’t smear it on the brown shadow.
Pat the black glitter into the outline. Start at the top of the outline and work down to the lash line.
Finish by applying mascara–at least two coats.
It’s that simple! Clean up any smears with a foundation pen.