With David Rowley

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Front Page -

DEAR Stylist, NO mat­ter what I do, I can’t seem to per­fect the smokey eye make-up look. Can you please give me some tips on the best way to do this?

Whether you’re go­ing to a con­cert, a fancy gala or just a regular night out with the girls, cre­at­ing a smokey eye can add a bit of so­phis­ti­cated drama to your look. It may seem dif­fi­cult, but there are many ways to achieve great smokey eyes with­out it be­ing com­pli­cated or time con­sum­ing. With my beauty tips, you’ll have the clas­sic celebrity-ap­proved look in no time, guar­an­teed to leave you look­ing ir­re­sistible.

Begin with a medium sized brush and ap­ply a char­coal grey or light black eye shadow, in an arch shape just above the crease of your lid. The Char­lotte Til­bury Rock Chick Eye Shadow Pal­ette is great for the smokey eye as it in­cludes sev­eral shades rang­ing from grey to black, al­low­ing you to ap­ply as much or as lit­tle as you want, depend­ing on how dark you want to go. Once you have ap­plied your shadow, use your brush yet again to blend it down the lash line.

Next step is your eye­liner, the Shu Ue­mura Drawing Pen­cil Eye­liner can be used for pre­cise ap­pli­ca­tion or for blended all-over colour. If you have small eyes ap­ply the liner start­ing from the mid­dle of the un­der eye to the out­side of the eye. If your eyes are large, feel free to line from cor­ner to cor­ner. Don’t for­get to trace the up­per lash line as well, and gen­tly smudge it with your fin­ger­tip.

Cre­at­ing a smokey eye isn’t just about the eye shadow, it’s the over­all look, so you also want to pay at­ten­tion to your lashes. Curl­ing your eye­lashes and us­ing the right mas­cara will help open up your eyes, mak­ing them stand out. Ap­ply a gen­er­ous amount of Ben­e­fit’s roller lash lift and curl mas­cara, de­signed to brush, grab curl and lift your lashes all in one so you can wave good­bye to your tra­di­tional eye­lash curler!

Call in store and get beauty ad­vice from Har­vey Ni­chols Leeds. www.har­veyn­i­

David Rowley is a per­sonal shop­per at Har­vey Ni­chols Leeds. Call 0113 204 8000.

STEP OUT OF THE SHAD­OWS: Char­lotte Til­bury – The Rock Chick Eye Shadow Pal­ette, £38; SHU Ue­mura Drawing Pen­cil Eye Liner, £16; Ben­e­fit Roller Lash Lift & Curl Mas­cara – £19.50.

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