Smoky Black Shadow? Let’s do it.

Hey readers! I was recently inspired by discovering a beauty blogger named Emily Quak of Emily’s Anthology. Very impressed with her reviews and tutorials, and I’m so happy to see such a beautiful, intelligent and eloquent gal doing her thing on the interwebz. I watched one of her videos in which she shares how she does a smoky eye, and knew I’d be trying it the next day.

I have a love hate relationship with this make up look. On the one hand, I try to keep it mostly simple and wear minimal eye make up, just a light eye shadow, kohl on the waterline and some mascara. On the other hand, I have always been curious about how to perfect a smoky eye, and and I do recognize its challenge. After all, there is a fine line between ‘smoldering’ and ‘tired raccoon’.

Smokey Eyes
Too much?

So, this morning, I decided to give it a go! Truth be told, it started out as a hot mess. I applied black liner to my lid and tried to blend outwardly with my finger, but the kohl is so thick and my fingers were untrained, leaving me with a big black eye, literally. I did a little damage control with a trusty make up remover and was able to maintain an almond/cat-eye shape with the liner smudge, and proceeded to apply a shimmering black eye shadow on top, to give it some dimension. I ended up with a very dramatic look, one that I haven’t seen as much in real life as I do in fashion magazines/runways. Very bold, but not something appropriate for every day, as seen in the top picture.

I was really uncomfortable with it, and went back to Emily’s tutorial once again, realizing that I skipped the major, holy grail step of ‘smoking’ an eye: BLENDING. I can’t even believe I forgot, but I went straight away to work like it was my 9 to 5. After an abundant amount of blurring out the harsh lines, I was left with a much softer (at least in my opinion) look, one that I’d feel more comfortable wearing in public. This is seen in the bottom picture. I’m still not very confident about my smoky eye technique but I think I’ll be practicing as I think it can look very nice at the right occasion – night time. Also, I think I’ll try brown instead of black- each time I look in the mirror I feel like my eyes look too harsh, but maybe it’s just because I’m not used to it.

Any thoughts on the smoky eye? Tips, tricks and questions are all welcome here.

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