Fall in Central New York means crisp cool air, an extra layer of clothing, tall boots (swoon) and rich, deep-colored leaves falling from trees. I love it all. All of these changes inspire me to mix up my makeup colors to reflect the gifts of mother nature. The perfect way to show off these lavish hues is through a smokey eye.
A lot of you may be thinking, “Been there, tried that and had the under eye smudging to prove it.” Am I right? Not anymore! You can conquer the smokey eye with a few professional tips and a couple extra minutes in your routine.
Before you dip into your makeup kit, the key to a smokey eye is heading straight for those pretty peepers. This way, you can simply run a cotton swab with makeup remover under your eye to clean up any excess
from the shadow application. No more re-doing your under eye concealer or foundation!
1. PREP. You’ll need to prep your eye for shadow application. This step will keep your shadow in place and crease-free. It will also keep you from looking like a tired, smudged mess as the day goes on. I use MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot in Painterly or Nubile. Start at the lash line and blend over the lid up and out.
2. COLOR. Next is the fun part: choosing colors! Try a rich fall shade for your crease color like a deep chocolate (MAC shadow in Handwritten) or a burgundy (MAC shadow in Sketch). I start by applying my brow bone color. MAC eye shadow in Brûlée is a universal shade. For the lid, MAC Woodwink has a beautiful golden hue that will compliment either crease color you choose. Trust me.
3. BRUSH. Now here is your secret weapon to a sultry smokey eye: an eyeshadow blending brush. MAC carries a soft bristle blending brush (No. 217). Sweep the brush through your crease color, and tap off the excess shadow before touching the brush to your lid. Then, press the brush to the outer corner of the lid. Use a windshield wiper motion to blend the color into the crease. Repeat the process until the desired intensity is achieved.
4. Line the top and bottom lash line with a coordinating eyeliner. Waterproof liner will ensure a longer, smudge-free wear. I also like to layer the shadow used in the crease over the bottom liner, blending it into the lash line. This gives a soft diffused look, another important key to the smokey eye. The result is a nod to this glam-look’s name: sultry, smokey eyes. Finish with a couple of coats of black mascara.
5. Continue with your face makeup, and add a soft nude lip color. My favorite nude lip is MAC’s Viva Glam V Lipstick layered with Viva Glam 5 Lipglass. It’s a versatile shade, and every cent of the purchase price goes to the MAC AIDS Fund, which has provided funds for Syracuse’s AIDS Community Resources for more than eight years. Cool company, right?
So, fall gracefully into those rich autumn hues. Get blending, and be prepared for your girlfriends to ask, “How did you do that?”
By Holly Piselli | Laead makeup artist for A-List Artistry. Check out her work at www.a-listartistry.com.