The Smudged Out Smoke

When it comes to creating a smokey eye I'm something of a scaredy cat. An advocate of keeping things nude on the lips, I love the thought of adding a little something extra to my peepers; only to fail miserably when it comes to the crunch and find myself reaching for a neutral taupe instead. Lately I've been trying out a few different tools in the hope of creating an ever so slightly more smouldering look, admittedly with fairly mixed results. I think I may have finally cracked it though - although the sultry pose could definitely use a little more work...

My most recent weapon of choice has been the Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in the shade 'Black Gold'. Contrary to the name, this actually transfers as a more olive tone on the skin; something that I find really works with my dark eyes. To apply, I begin with a light hand (of course) and glide the pencil along my upper lashline before blending out with my ring finger. The waterproof formula means that you have to work incredibly quickly before the colour sets, but there is the added bonus of these having great lasting power once you've got the product in place. I then take it gently along the lower lashline and smudge a little more with my finger to finish the look. The liner comes with a built in 'smudger' sponge on the opposite end, but I find this far too hard and coarse to use on the delicate eye area. I've also worn this out a lot in the evening, when I opt for a slightly heavier smoke by blending a little more product further up the lid.

I think the rule for this kind of look is just to keep everything else as simple as possible. A light, natural looking base and a peachy pink cheek are all I wear alongside even the most subtle of smokey eyes in order to prevent a too 'done' finish. For my lips, MAC's Tea Ceremony lipstick is the brown toned 'your lips but better' shade that rounds the look off nicely.

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