Fresh and Smoky Look – Eyes – Step-by-step Guide

Smoky Eye Look Makeup Checklist
Christie Norman shares her simple steps for a fresh and smoky look for the eyes.

In my course on creating fresh and smoky performance make-up, I follow an easy step-by-step guide for the eyes.

Step 1 – Eyelid – Cream Shadow Base/Primer

a. Use a similar shade to your skin tone with a slight shimmer

b. Use a brush or your fingers to apply, getting as close to the lash line as possible

Step 2 – Eyeliner – Pencil and/or Liquid Liner

a. Use a softer pencil or a liquid for a cat-eye – or use both!

b. Line into your lashes first using the liquid liner on a synthetic liner brush

c. Using short strokes, place the pencil liner above and as close to the lash line as possible

d. Use a smudger brush to diffuse the liner at the lash line

Step 3 – Eyeshadow

a. Using an all-over color brush, apply a neutral tone all over the lid/eyeball area patting or pressing the color into place

b. Use a darker shadow to contour the outer corner of the eye

c. Use a ponytail or blender brush to diffuse and blend the outer corners of the eyeshadow

d. Use a dark espresso color on a smudger brush and apply to the lash line on top of the eyeliner – Create a wedge shape with the thickest part at the outer corner of the eye

e. Flick away any fallen shadow with a brush

*A neutral color on the brow bone enhances the eyes!

*For a bolder look, go further and create more layers with the darker colors

*Use an espresso color under the bottom lashes for a ‘nighttime’ look

Step 4 – Pop of Color

a. Apply a slightly lighter or brighter color underneath the bottom lashes and blend for a pop of color (Christie uses light orange)

Step 5 – False Lashes (Optional)

a. Apply false lashes at this point at the lash line using an adhesive

Step 6 – Mascara

a. Using a ‘wiggling’ motion, apply mascara from the lash line to the tip of the lashes

*Use moisturizer or primer on a q-tip to catch fallen mascara

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