Yes, I used tape again…
Tape is the trick for me to get this look, FAST. This morning I wanted a smoky eye to go with my gray outfit. I’m no makeup artist, but I'm good at figuring out how to get to school or work on time without sacrificing my makeup time - or my sleep! And for an effortless smoky eye, tape is my best friend.
5 Minutes to Smoky? You bet!
If you caught my sparkly purple-blue smoky eye tutorial, you’ll recognize the same shortcut!
What You Need:
- Masking tape, fashion tape, even regular frosted clear tape works great!
Black eyeliner, non liquid
- Gel is good and long-lasting as long as you blend before it sets. I like J.Cat Rocker Chic Velvet Touch Gel Eyeliner because it stays put all day (and night!) - as a rule, I find crayon-types work a LOT better for this look than pencils that sharpen.
A small smudging brush
- If you don’t have an “official” smudging brush, use a brush that isn’t feathery. The one I used is Ecotools Sharpen & Smudge Duo and it's a little on the stiffer side - perfect for smudging.
1. Apply Tape
The placement will determine the angle of your smoke-eye. Always start at the end of your eyes, then try using your brow-bone (not necessarily the end of your brow) as a guide. If in doubt, go with a lower angle than a higher one - your goal is to create a sweeping, elongated eye.
2. Use Liner
Apply liner up along the tape and along your lashes and your upper eyelids. No need for accuracy since you’ll be smudging, and the tape will keep your makeup in the right place.
Freckles, unshaped brows, and tape on my eyes - here comes the fun!
Use your brush to smoke your liner. I like to start from the highest point along my tape and work down toward my eyelid. This keeps the liner near my lashes darkest. If you like the spongey kind of smudgers that come with some eyeliners, you try this, but I've had the best luck with a brush.
Blur the Edge - or Don’t!
Before you take off the tape, don’t be afraid to add more liner and re-smudge if you need to. Once both sides feel evenly smoked, your eyes are nearly finished! Remove the tape, and you can either leave the sharp, clean line as a faux cat-eye, or you can use a blending brush (soft and feathery) to soften the look while still keeping the shape.
Still no brows or eyeliner, but even if I stopped at this,
I'd be happy with this look after 5 minutes.
Optional: Finish the Look with...
I like to highlight my brows with white shimmer, then give my smoky look more depth with an arc of gray or charcoal brown. Today I used Bella Espresso by Milani (one of my go-tos). Then I blend the eyeshadow a little with a blending brush, add a coat or two of mascara, and that’s it!
Easy is an understatement!
If you feel comfortable with this and want to amp it up:
Line your upper lid’s wet-line.
This takes a little getting used to, but I love the full, dark look that I get doing this. It might just be my eyes, but when I want a dark-eyeliner look, wet-lining my upper lashes is the only way to keep away annoying pale gaps.
Notice I'm going BENEATH my lashes.
Add fake lashes
When I’m really glamming it up, cosplaying, or want my eyes to stand out for miles, falsies are my favorite way to go.
Apply the barest hint of white shimmer to the inner corner of your eyes.
This does a LOT to brighten your eyes, without taking away from the dark, smoldering look of smoky eyes.
The Polished Look
Full disclosure: along with eye products mentioned, I'm wearing BB cream foundation, I applied light contouring & bronzer, and I filled in my brows.
Ready for work - and my eyes are ready for Friday night!
Do you have any tips for a quick smoky eye?
What works for you to achieve this look in a fast, no-fuss way?
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