Pretty sure we’ve all been there – you’re getting ready for a dinner or a night out and you don’t know what to do with your makeup. You don’t want to do just your regular concealer, mascara and light powder because that’s M-F, 8-5 stuff.
You want to elevate your look but pulling out all your palettes is a hassle and you don’t exactly have all the time in the world to figure out which colors to use… should you do something more vibrant or keep it neutral… what lip color am I wearing… what outfit am I wearing!? WHAT DO YOU DO?!
If you don’t have a go-to smokey, shame on you! Just kidding 🙂 But you should!
This look is one that I learned back in my MAC days because it’s easy, you probably (or probably should) have these colors in your collection, it goes with any lip color (especially nudes/neutrals) and goes with any hair look or outfit; best part is if you mess up a little, the colors are all pretty close and neutral that it can hide most mishhaps. Also – it’s a smokey eye. It’s supposed to be a little messy, and a little sultry.
Shadows You’ll Need (all from MAC Cosmetics, & in the order of application):
- Brown Script
- Vanilla loose Pigment
- Vanilla (eyeshadow)
- Do brows & prep lids
- Using a fluffy brush like the 224 from MAC, apply Texture all through the crease
- Using a dense fluffy brush like the 217 from MAC, apply Brown Script to the lower portion of your crease, careful not to go TOO high up on the brow bone
- Still using the 217 brush, apply Folie to the outer crease
- Using a flat shader brush like the MAC 239, apply Vanilla loose pigment by pressing the color onto the lid, and creating a subtle cut crease under Texture+BrownScript+Folie
- Using a fluffier flat shader brush like the ELF eyeshadow brush, apply Vanilla (eyeshadow) to the brow bone, directly under the arch of the brow
- Using a flat definer brush like the MAC 212, stamp Folie directly under the lower lashes and bring down as far as you’re comfortable
- Going back with your 217 brush, still “dirty” with Brown Script, diffuse the darkness of Folie by swiping the brush back and forth under the lash line – this is KEY for accomplishing the smokey effect
- Using a stiff blending brush, I really like the ELF blending brush for this particular step, apply Nylon in the inner corner.
- Apply a dark reddish brown pencil eye liner like Costa Riche by MAC to the water line
- Optional Apply liquid liner
- Optional Apply false lashes
- Apply mascara
These eyeshadows can be used in many different ways, so if these aren’t ones that you have yet… YOU NEED THESE IN YOUR LIFE!!
The Glam Greek