Some days, you just need to swipe, blend, and get the heck out of dodge.
I’m a sucker for a smoky eye, and it’s actually what I wear to work every day. Whether it’s a neutral smoky eye with just enough definition to make me look awake, or a more intense smoky eye playing with colors, I’ve just found that the look is incredibly flattering – and easy – for me.
One of my favorite smoky eye techniques? One I actually stole from Lisa Eldridge, makeup queen. All it takes is one eye shadow, a blending brush, and about two minutes of your time. Ready? Here we go!
Your main weapon of choice: Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa
Since I have blue eyes, a wonderful way to bring out their color is with a deep brown that’s flecked with bronze. You’ll need a cream eyeshadow for this look, and Laura Mercier’s is easy to work with. It comes in a variety of shades, from golden beige to amethyst, and even a matte black, so no matter your eye color or color reference, you’ll find something that suits you.
Step One: Place a few small dashes of the eye shadow along your lash line, concentrating it toward the outer corner of your eye. This doesn’t have to be precise – I make about four dashes halfway across my eye. You don’t want the color concentrated in your inner color, and you’ll be blending the color out in a second, so don’t be afraid to be messy with this. No one will know!
Your second weapon: Sephora’s Pro Blending Brush #27
Step Two: Begin to gently buff over the eye shadow with your blending brush. I start with side-to-side motions and graduate into small circles to carry the shadow up and into my crease. Periodically stop and check to see your shape is coming out in the way you want it – know what’s best for your eye shape, and be careful not to go too high up on the brow bone. Don’t worry if you feel like the color is fading extremely fast, that’s what you want! When I use Cocoa, it blends from a deep, nearly-black brown to a light wash of bronzy warmth. I find this is perfect for the office. If you want more color and more depth, you can always go back and add more eye shadow, then blend again.
Step Three: With clean fingers or a Q-tip, gently rub the edges of the eyeshadow to make sure it blends into your skin rather than creating a stark line. If you want more drama, use the same eyeshadow stick as an eyeliner and rim your eyes for a stronger look, or grab your favorite eyeliner. I’ve liked pairing a bronze eyeliner with the brown eyeshadow to bring out the color in my eyes.
Step Four: Add mascara, and then you’re done! Well, with the eyes at least.
All in all, this makeup look should take you no longer than two minutes on the eyes – it’s quick, easy, and basically foolproof! Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors, and I would suggest keeping the rest of your makeup fairly simple. I love doing this look in the fall when I’m wearing cozy sweaters and deeper colors; it just really makes them pop. If you wear glasses, this is also a great look to make your eyes stand out from behind the lenses. I’m actually wearing this look today with my glasses, which are tortoiseshell, and the brown looks beautiful against my frames!
Do you love creating a smoky eye with cream or powder eyeshadows? I’m a huge fan of both, but something about creams makes them just so easy to work with. You can have a simple, beautiful makeup look in minutes, and what working woman doesn’t love that?!