Like the little black dress, a smokey eye is timelessly sexy, and yet, like pretty much everyone else, I never got around to doing it thanks to the amount of work it looked like. As part of my recent bridal experience with Estee Lauder, among all the other incredible elements and pampering, I also picked one trend to learn from Rani, the inhouse makeup artist. Could have been my upcoming wedding or simply the dozen other weddings I have to attend this month, but I instinctly picked the Smokey Eye.
While she did each step on my right eye, I replicated the same on my left eye to make sure I could go back home and re-create this stunning look.
Conceal. Apply the slightest bit of concealer on your eye lids to prep them for the smokey eye. The concealer helps the color to seep in giving you a strong pigment, alongwith keeping the eyeshadow in place.
Take a kajal/eye pencil in black and start lining your lids starting from the end of the way and moving inwards. Line 1-2cm at a time and then immediately blend it with an eye shadow brush or smudger. Remember, you have to be quick to make sure to blend before the color sets in. Keep applying liner and blending until you finish the entire eye.
Go over this step at least twice to get a smokey effect.
Next up, take any warm toned eye shadow of your choice (I love Gold, Bronze & Burgundy) and start patting it on your upper lids in a tiny V motion – again start work from the outside. Key is to remember not to swipe, only tap/pat. Heaviest eye shadow should on the outer corner and lightest on the inner.
Take the same kajal/eye pencil again and apply it the same way as step 2.
Take some black eye shadow on an eye shadow brush and pat it over the black kajal ever so slightly. This step defines the ‘smokey’ element in the whole process.
Line your upper inner eyelid and waterline with kajal/eye pencil with intensity depending on how heavy you want the smokey eye to look. While you’re lining your upper waterline make sure it’s merging with your eye lids.
Final step! Repeated layers of mascara. Start from the outside in a ‘wiggle and flick’ motion