The first thing to do when applying any makeup on your eyes is to prime your eyelids. There are various primers you can use for this but I personally prefer to use foundation or concealer and powder. I also apply makeup on the eyelids before anywhere else on the face, in case any product drops down onto the skin beneath the eyes, ruining any foundation or concealer that has already been applied. So let’s get started.
- After cleansing the face, apply your normal foundation or concealer all over your eyelids. This evens out the skin tone, as well as avoiding any creasing that may happen later in the day. Set with a translucent powder.
- With a flat brush, apply a darker shade in the outer corners of the eye. Using a clean blending brush, gently blend out the eye shadow to diffuse the color into your skin. Always start off lightly with little eye shadow so you can gradually build up the color to your desired effect. This way you can decide how smokey you want the makeup to be! Keep adding and blending away.
- With your (clean) index finger, add a lighter color to the center of your eyelid. The warmth from your finger helps products melt into your skin, and works as a perfect blending tool to give a more intense pop of color.
- Taking a black or dark brown eye shadow, draw a line using your upper lash line as a guide. Then gently blend the eye shadow with a clean blending brush. (If you want a more dramatic look, apply a flick using gel eyeliner for this step.)
- Wipe away excess product that may have fallen down and apply foundation and concealer to the rest of the face.
- Add a gel liner to the waterline using a small brush. You may want to use a Khol liner, but I find gel liner stays put all day and doesn’t smudge. Apply a dark brown or black eye shadow on the lower lash line, blending out. Then add mascara and/or some false eye lashes to complete the look!