THE NEW SMOKY EYE
How to get it in just three steps
Irene Kim is used to other people doing her makeup for runway shows and photo shoots. But when I sat down with the Seoul-based ambassador for the Estée Edit in Toronto, she proved that she has serious makeup skills of her own. The unicorn-haired Instagram sensation skilfully demonstrated how to create a metallic, peacock-green smoky eye using only the teeny-tiny mirror inside her eyeshadow compact to check her work. She has developed her DIY savvy by observing industry pros, she says, especially Blair Patterson, the Estée Edit’s global lead makeup artist. “Blair is very creative,” she explains. “I’ve learned a lot technique-wise, like how to apply makeup with brushes.”
When it comes to creating an eye makeup look, Kim is all about playing up her natural features. “I like to follow my almond eye shape when doing heavier makeup,” she says. “I elongate the shadow a bit to make my eyes look a little bigger.” And as if her dip-dyed hair wasn’t enough of a giveaway, she often goes for a bolder take on a classic look. “It’s very dramatic and fun. Colour just adds more pop!” she says of the emerald eye. “I’d wear this for an event if I wanted to make a statement.”
For everyday, though, Kim keeps her eye makeup simple, sweeping a light shimmery shadow over her lids and finishing with mascara. But there’s one thing she can’t leave home without doing: curling her super- straight eyelashes. “Even if I don’t wear mascara, I have to curl them,” she says. This fluttery-lash obsession extends to heating her metal eyelash curler with a lighter for maximum bend, a popular mini- perm- like trick in Seoul. But, she cautions, the practice isn’t necessariy a good idea. “Once I burned my eyelashes,” she admits. “Thankfully they burned off evenly and grew back!”
On set with The Kit, Irene Kim snapped selfies and showed off her colourful mani, plus her fave products from the Estée Edit.