I thought I would do a beauty-related post this evening as there’s a topic I’ve been asked ALOT lately … how to pull off a smokey eye in summer.
There are two ways to do it: you can either go with a subtle smokey eye which is what I will show you here, or you can go with more vibrant shades as outlined here (remember, you can create a smokey shade using any colour)
Because I’m a blogger, I am constantly testing new shades and pigments so my preferences do change from time to time, so rather than list off all the shades I like, I thought I would instead take you guys through a smokey eye look I tend to create quote often.
Mostly, I use my Inglot eyeshadow palette. I absolutely love Inglot shadows and I never steer too far away from them. In particular orange browny tones.
A little tip for you: a smokey eye doesn’t exactly mean a black smoked out look. It basically means that colours fade from light (brow bone) right down to dark (lids). Exactly how smoke fades in the air – from really dark at the base and as it moves up through the air, the colours fade.
Here’s the breakdown of my fave shades for a smokey look:
- Transition Colour: 314 (light peach)
- Lid Colour: 121 (sparkly cranberry)
- Crease Colour: 605 (Dark rich burnt orange)
- Outer V on eye: 329 (dark brown) & blend out using shade 6 from my SOSU contour palette
- Brow Bone: 393 (light cream) These days however, I use the light powder shade 3 from my SOSU Contour Palette.
- Under-eye: 121 & 329 blended with my shade 6 again.
These days, I also like to add a touch of highlighter or shimmer to the centre of my lid. It just gives the whole look an extra sparkle. I also love to add a little bit of shimmer to the tear duct area. You can use shade 5 from my palette for this! The highlighter is INSANELY good, if I do say so myself haha 😉
On my waterline, I used the Crown Chubby Eye pencil in Dark Chocolate because the colour pay off is really good (you can get them here for €5)
My mascara is good old Benefit They’re Real (you can read a previous review of mine here)
When it comes to really pulling off the smokey eye look, I think pale lips are a necessity.
For this look, I used NYX Liner 854 pale pink followed by NYX Summer Love 617. I’m 99% certain that the gloss I used for this look was the Very Voluptuous Lip Plumper by Victorias Secret (That, and Soap & Glory’s MotherPucker are such good glosses!)
So there you have it guys, the shades that will help you work a classic smokey eye during summer!