Master a simple smoky eye
A soft and sultry eye shadow look is perfect for a party, but it’s one many find tricky to perfect. The thing to remember is that it doesn’t have to be a 10-step process involving several shades and endless contouring. Here are two easy options that don’t take hours:
Add a tiny amount of a dark cream eye shadow to 1
your finger and smudge over eyelids, concentrating on the outer edges. You can add depth by going over the top with a powder shadow (in a coordinating or slightly deeper shade) applied with a brush, but it’s not essential.
Use a shimmering shadow in a neutral shade all over 2 the eyelid, then run a dark shadow or eye pencil along close to the lash line and use a cotton bud to gently smudge until it’s softly blended.
Tones of brown or charcoal can be less severe and ageing than black, while an eye shadow palette with several shades supplied will help with selecting coordinating colours, should you want to try using more than one. Good quality brushes can also assist with seamless application – in particular one with a small, dense head for adding colour to the lid, and a contour brush that blends edges seamlessly and fits nicely into the crease of your eye socket.
Try: L’oréal Paris Paradise Mascara, $24.95.
Revlon Colorstay Crème Eyeshadow in Cognac, $14.95. Elizabeth Arden Eyeshadow Trio in Not So Nude, $28. MAC 224 Synthetic Tapered Blending Brush, $58.