How To Create A Non-Traditional Smoky Eye

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    Smoky eye make-up

When we think of a smoky eye, we think of black and grey. These colours are perfect but there are other ways of experimenting with this look. With Asian skin, there are many beautiful shades that will work with a smoky eye. Create a non-traditional smoky eye using sparkling jewel tones such as purple, blue or a metallic brown, perfect for everyday.

A metallic brown smoky eye will look subtle yet noticeable. For this look, apply a dark brown eye pencil or liquid eye liner (Bourjois Volume Clubbing Eye Liner - Brun Prune) along the lash line. Next line along the bottom lashes, you can use either pencil or powder. Smudge the liner for a smoky effect, using either a brush or q-tip. Now apply a lighter colour (champagne) over the entire lid, to create a contrast. Using a brush apply the dark brown eye shadow, keeping it darkest near the lash line. Then, blend upwards towards the crease of the eye. Keep blending to perfect a beautiful smoky eye. Finally, curl the lashes before applying mascara. For this look try Urban Decay’s Naked Palette, the colours are perfect for a metallic brown smoky eye.

Use this method to apply other colours when doing a smoky eye. Try jewel tones, such as Lorac’s Starry Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Starlet, a trio of shimmering purples. Also perfect for the winter season is Lancome Ombre Magnetique in Cherry Cherie - a sparkling cream powder eye shadow in a beautiful plum shade. Why not try blues and greens, there are many shades available to suit every skin tone.

With a smoky eye, skin should remain fairly neutral, as the main emphasis is the eyes. Pair smoky eyes with a classic nude lip such as a shimmery pale lip gloss (Bobbi Brown lip gloss or Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss). For the cheeks, apply a blush or a light touch of bronzer.

A smoky eye is classic and sexy. It doesn’t require too much work but if done correctly the results are beautiful. So go ahead and inject some colour into a non-traditional smoky eye.