my gorgeous sister-in-law let me borrow her face to demonstrate the 60-second smokey eye, which is my favorite everyday makeup look (does she not have the most gorgeous facial structure? those cheekbones. that flawless skin. i die.) it is effortlessly chic and looks like it took a lot more effort than it actually requires. i promise, it really does take a minute and anyone can do it. the beauty of a smokey eye is that it's supposed to look imperfect...even the most novice of makeup-wearers can't mess it up!
secrets to a perfect smokey eye are:
1. using your fingers. your fingers are warm and soft and will help blend your makeup better than any brush out there.
2. layering a matte shadow with a metallic. it creates dimension!
3. applying your shadows in the right order. first, highlighter. this makes it look natural. if you add it last, it can look muddy your smokey eye and look like white eyeshadow...you want it to look like glowing skin. i've also found that applying the crease color first helps the lid color shine - sometimes if you apply your lid color first, the crease color will overwhelm it/blend into it.
4. lining your waterline. your eyes will pop instantly. my general rule of thumb is black for nighttime, brown/deep purple for daytime.
5. use shadows that compliment your eye color. i have green eyes, so i generally migrate towards warm burgundy colors/purples. if you have blue eyes, golds and browns will be stunning on you! if you have brown eyes, silvers and greys will make your eyes pop.
6. use a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush. this brush is the best for smokey eyes and no other brush shape can compare...i'm not a brand snob (the one i used in this tutorial is from a costco kit i bought a few years ago) so i can't really give a good link. but look for a fluffy, loose tip that is round! this one looks pretty good - but maybe ideally you'd like the brush hair to be a little longer and looser.
the colors i used in this tutorial are my all-time favorites: mac swiss chocolate for the crease and urban decay ydk for the lid. i used a basic highlight shadow from one of my elf palettes and a brown eyeliner from forever21. i swear by the elf eyeshadow primer: if you don't use a primer already, you are missing out! my shadow lasts all day and never creases and the colors show up so much more pigmented than without a primer (and this primer is all of $1 at target and you know i love me a cheap thrill.)