Tuesday, 10 November 2015

How To: Soft Angled Smoky Eye


I usually find that a normal smoky eye lacks definition and can lack impact, especially when you have dark eyes.

So I decided to create an eye look based on very neutral shades, with a sharp angled look, sans-liner. Even the darkest shadow is blended out to give a wearable day smoky eye, thus giving some effortless sass to a usually quite tame look.

All shades can be found in the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (£38.00/each)

1) Prime eyelids with concealer/foundation or an actual eye shadow primer.
I decided to try out the Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion in Original (16.00/each) which leaves you with a completely smooth, matte base.

2) Using the bigger end of the Urban Decay brush (included in the palette) apply "Bootycall" as a shimmery base colour / highlight all over lids and blend up to brows.



3) Imagine a line going from the corner of your nose to the end of your brow, passing through the outer corner of your eye. Bit odd but get some clear tape out and place the tape on this line. This is the key to the sharp, angled look. The tape is in place, much like when you tape around light switch fixtures before you paint a room. So now you can be as messy as you like with the shadow application, and it wont affect the angled line, result! I have really shaky hands (and I'm generally quite clumsy, but hey) so this helps to create a defined look without any expertise at all.


4) Taking "Verve" (a cool, shimmery taupe) on the same brush, fill in the outer corner of your eye in a sideways "V" shape, taking the colour near the outer lash line, and up and into the crease. Bring the colour up until the middle of  your lid, and blend out. I used the Real Techniques Bold Metals in 200.

TIP - if you have hooded eyes like me, blend a little above the crease, this gives the impression of a more open eyelid.

5) Then take "Busted" (a shimmery purple-based brown) and create that sideways "V" again. By tracing the area of skin near the tape with the brush, you can get a really sharp dark line. Then use that line to blend towards the centre of the lids to get a soft "blurred" effect. Here you have control of how smoky and dark the end result is, I opted for a really soft blended look.


6) This is important! Don't forget to blend up above your lid, by your brows. I reused "Bootycall" on the Bold Metals 200 to lightly buff away any harsh lines.


7) Remove the tape slowly, and blend out any imperfections. Every time I do this I end up with some leakage of sorts, and this is more common with finer milled eye shadows. But hey, it all just adds to the smoky look right.



8) Now a few coats of your favourite mascara, and you're good to go. Have a little flutter in the mirror and say hello to a sulty, yet sassy, daytime makeup look.





I finished my look like a dark vampy lip, because it's just too tempting and I couldn't help myself. Nude lips just aren't for me! It's a bit of a nod to Gaga's look in the recent AHS: Hotel series, and I did feel effortlessly sassy all day long. It's funny how make up really can change your mood.

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