The Natural Smokey Eye

I love a smokey eye, me. But it's a look that if I'm totally honest to myself I really struggle to pull off. Whilst some girls effortlessly rock the smoulderingly soft 'come to bed' eyes, I just end up looking like I haven't slept in weeks - shadow all over my cheeks and thick, black clumps of mascara mess tucked into the corners of my eyes. Recently however I've spent a lot of time gazing at my Naked Basics palette, wondering if it would be possible to get a semi-smokey look using just a few neutral tones. The result is a lot less 'in your face' than a full on black smoke and whilst it may not have as much power to dazzle, it's a great deal easier to create and maintain.

To start with I like to get the skin around my eye area looking as flawless as possible. I've been blessed with deep blue rings under my peepers that are a killer to conceal, but Benefit Erase Paste is as close as I've come to a miracle worker for this problem. A tiny amount patted softly under my eye area provides a reasonable coverage without looking cakey or creasing throughout the day. Next up I prep my peepers using a lid primer or an eyeshadow base. Dainty Doll 'Frankie Girl' is perfect for this job as it has a creamy consistency to keep shadows in place all day and the chalky-white colour really makes shadows pop when they're applied over the top. 

For the actual paint job, I use shades just from the UD Naked Basics Palette. Starting with W.O.S, I use a soft brush to apply the colour all over my lids as a nice neutral base. I then take a mixture of Foxy and Venus along my brow bone for a little extra definition and highlight. Naked 2 is blended into the crease of the eye and a little bit above before Faint is added over the top and blended thoroughly  Finally, I finish with a stroke of Crave along my lash line and again blend it all out for a soft, smokey look. I finish it off with a coat or two of my favourite mascara, Benefit They're Real. I find that super thick, voluminous lashes work great with a smokey eye so I definitely recommend picking something to add bulk instead of length. You can of course adapt the look to take you into night time by adding a little bit of liquid eyeliner along the top lash line or taking the shadow through the bottom lashes as well for extra definition, but this way works perfectly for me on a more day to day basis. Let me know what you think!

Benefit Erase Paste (£19.50)
Dainty Doll 'Frankie Girl' Shadow Base
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (£20.00)
Benefit They're Real Mascara (19.50)