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Beauty tips: How to apply the perfect smokey eye

By: Susannah Jaffer

Big night out round the corner? Going out in glamour is simple once you’ve mastered the smokey eye! Beauty guru and makeup artist extraordinaire Kelly Bilimoria shows us, step by step, how to create the sultry look from day to night.  (Psst…to finish your look, try our tips to contouring your face.)

Step 1 

Start with a fresh base of makeup. Sweep an opaque or bone-coloured eye shadow over the entire lid. I recommend MAC eye shadow in Arena.

Step 2 

Apply a medium-tone eye shadow to three-quarters of the lid. I recommend MUFA eye shadow in #127 from the Midnight Glow Palette.

Step 3 

Using the same eye shadow, layer the colour by concentrating the colour into the crease area for more effect.

Step 4 

Line both your top and bottom lashes with eye pencil, getting as close to the lash line as you can. I recommend MAC Kohl Pencil in Smoulder.

Step 5 

Soften the look by adding a darker eye shadow and smudging with a brush or a cotton bud. I recommend MUFA eye shadow in #04 from the Midnight Glow palette.

Voila! Smouldering eyes for any occasion 

VAMP IT UP FOR EVENING
Step 1:
Go over with eyeliner and apply a thick coat of mascara after curling your lashes. Products I recommend: Shu Uemura lash curler, Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara, Lancôme Liner Plume.

Step 2: Add some natural false lashes (optional).

Step 3: To brighten and open up the eye area, dab a white eye shadow in matte or shimmer into the corner of the eyes and under the brow bone.

Step 4: Touch up your under-eye concealer for a smooth and flawless look. I recommend Benefit’s trusty Erase Paste.

 

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