Mastering the Smokey Eye using 100% natural makeup.
Seriously I don't need an excuse to create a smokey eye, I LOVE this balanced makeup look. So I want to show you Beauties how to achieve this much-loved makeup trend.
Smokey eyes make one feel sexy. They're the come-to-bed eyes. Growing up in Queensland we called it something else but I can't publish that here on my reputable Beauty Blog. Smokey eyes say you-know-what. They make us feel damn hot. Sheesh I look good. You get the picture. Bedroom Eyes associations aside ... smokey eyes are our go forth and take on the damn world eyes!
Smokey eyes are without a doubt the most requested makeup look. It's the one makeup trick that everyone asks me how to do. "I really want to do a smokey eye but I always end up looking like I've been punched in the face". Familiar? Read on.
I filmed a Facebook Live video on "How to create Smokey Eyes". Squiffy internet connection means the sound and pictures aren't the best but it helps to "see" what needs to be done. Watch the video. At some stage I will reshoot and upload to my YouTube Channel (if you haven't subscribed as yet, click this link, I'd love your support).
My how to create a smokey eye video is filmed using 100% natural products. My motivation for integrating greener beauty in to my professional makeup artist kit comes from special women in my life undergoing chemotheraphy. My Mother was one. 100% natural products are AMAZING for those women who are reactive to chemicals and toxins whilst having treatment.
There is a worldwide movement to head back-to-basics as we wise up to the toxic chemicals lurking in our beauty, makeup and skin care products. The beauty industry is one of the worst offenders for loading products full of toxic shit that you wouldn't wish upon your worst enemy. Why? Because it's cheap. And in case you're thinking "how can they get away with it?", the short answer is that the beauty industry is not regulated.
Step by step we can make the switch to safer, non-toxic makeup and beauty. It's a process - my professional kit has taken 13 years and thousands of dollars to build - I'm not ready to completely push it aside. But I am ready to introduce some 100% natural makeup options that are dead set brilliant. Natural makeup has really lifted it's game. Below I'll list the 100% natural makeup products that I've fallen-in-love-with so you can feel confident to make the leap.
Grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine - whatever blows your skirt up - and I'll recap how to achieve the smokey hotness of a soft, sultry eye, specifically for women over 40. It's a trick we all need up our sleeves.
THE 3 RULES OF THE SMOKEY-EYE-FIGHT-CLUB FOR WOMEN OVER 40
The first rule of the Smokey-Eye-Fight-Club is Keep. It. Simple.
Don't try to do too much. "Smokey" just means you run a little eyeshadow under the eye.
The second rule of the Smokey-Eye-Fight-Club is choose soft, pretty colours.
Steer away from harsh blacks.
The third rule of the Smokey-Eye-Fight-Club is Blend, blend, blend.
This is the secret to a successful smokey eye. A diffused wash of colour and no harsh lines.
Now you're down with the Rules of Fight Club. Here are the steps to achieve success:
5 STEPS TO CREATE AN AUTUMN INSPIRED SMOKEY EYE
STEP 1. CREAM EYESHADOW BASE COLOUR
+ Apply an emerald or forest green cream eyeshadow on the mobile lid.
+ Concentrate colour at the lower lash bed and blend up to the socket line.
+ Run a little green cream shadow under the lower lash bed. Start in line with the pupil of your eye and work outwards.
PRO ARTIST TIP - Layering a cream shadow under the eyeshadow will add dimension and "wow" factor to the look.
I USED Au Naturale Creme Eyeshadow in Olive Leaf
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STEP 2. POWDER EYESHADOW FOR SETTING AND BLENDING
+ Pat a soft grey powder eyeshadow over the green cream shadow.
You could also use a green powder eyeshadow if you have one knocking around.
+ Using a fluffy brush, softly blend the grey shadow a little above the socket line and diffuse out towards the outer corners of your eye. Keep swooshing the brush until the shadow is really diffused and blended. Watching the video will help this make sense.
+ Under the eye... Take a small brush and "set" the green cream shadow with the soft grey powder. Take the fluffy blending brush and diffuse the line of shadow.
PRO ARTIST TIP - The powder shadow sets the cream shadow and prevents creasing.
I USED Lily Lolo Pressed Eyeshadow in Rolling Stone $ 17.00
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STEP 3. EYELINER
+ Line your upper lash line with a gorge