A guide to the perfect smoky eye
After seeing the Chanel runway models strut the spring 2011 collection with those sultry, smoky eyes, I’ve been craving this classic yet edgy look.
The key to the perfect smoky eye is blending. If the dark colors on the lid don’t blend well, instead of looking sexy, you’ll end up looking like you’ve been the victim of a double punch to the face. (Also, when doing the smoky eye look, save concealer, foundation and blush for the last step so any dark shadow that may sprinkle outside of the eye area can be easily wiped away.)
- The first step is applying a make-up primer to the lid and under the eye. This will keep the dark shadow from smudging outside of the eye area or from melting into the crease of the lid after a long day. After you’ve swiped some primer across the lid, give it a few minutes to dry.
- To help define the smoky eye, apply eyeliner in black or brown above the upper lash line and underneath the bottom lashes. Keep the eyeliner under the bottom lashes close to the lash line and smudge the line with your finger or a q-tip. (If you have smaller eyes, only apply the liner from the middle of the eye to the corner.)
- Make your first eye shadow base a shimmery cream color and sweep the shadow all the way to the brow bone.
- Now take a black eye shadow and apply it over the eyeliner and up toward the crease of the lid. Use your finger or a q-tip to gently smudge the shadow. (You can also smudge some black eye shadow over the eyeliner on your bottom lashes for an extra smoky effect.)
- Then take a brown or gray colored Chanel eye shadow (or both!) and use an eye shadow brush to sweep the color from the base of the lash line to just above the crease.
- Finally, coat your lashes with volumizing mascara like Chanel Intense mascara and you’re runway ready!
Beauty Note: I think this look is best when the eyes are the main feature. Keep your blush light and only apply a shimmering gloss to your lips.
What do you think of this look? Will you try these Chanel runway-ready eyes?