How many smoky eyes have I painted in the past few years? More than I care to count because this smoky style is one that everyone loves. From pastel-spring, smoky eye styles to those ever so dark, smokiest eyes, professional makeup artists like myself, can do this style with our eyes shut. I’m kind of excited about the new light to dark eye makeup I see on runways and in magazines. Instead of horizontally stacking eyeshadows and liners from dark to light on the lid, this style is applied vertically, making the color change more noticeable and interesting.
Unlike the standard smoky eye makeup, this method doesn’t weigh down your eye with heavy eyeliner. To teach this new trend, I’ve decided to use two shades that work well together-gold and turquoise. Actually you need three powder eyeshadows: light turquoise, light gold and medium gold. You also need brushes, gold eyeliner, black mascara and foundation. Your brows should look tidy and brushed.
First apply foundation or primer to the eyelids. This step sets the skin tone and hides freckles. (I have those.) Personally, for this style, I prefer foundation because it gives you a nice background color but primer works good too.
Touch a small eyeshadow brush to the turquoise eyeshadow. Sweep it under the lower lid, just in the inner corner. Then brush the powder on the top of the lid, along the inside 1/3 of the lid. Stop the application at the eyelid crease. You don’t need to take the eye makeup all the way to the lid. Leave this area underneath the brow bone blank.
Now dab a fresh brush into the light gold eyeshadow. Apply this eyeshadow to the remainder of your lower lash line. Next, apply the light gold eyeshadow to the middle of the upper lid, again leaving the top of the lid blank.
With a small brush, brush on the darker gold at the end of the upper eyelid. Sweep inwards to blend it with the light gold. Do not blend it with the turquoise.
Roll gold eyeliner (or light brown) along the water line. Curl the lashes and finish with mascara.
Now you have the perfect light to dark eye makeup-and in such pretty spring colors!