Smokey eyes can be done in 101 ways from a day time smokey, smoked out color, a complete smokey eye with colors other than black.. take a pick! However, I chose one with colors I felt used universal colors.
What I used:
MAC #187 SE (a brush from the holiday set. This brush is close enough to the full size brush to me)
Beauty of Essence angled shader brush
MAC #212 SE
Beaut of Essence crease brush (used as my angle brush for my lower lid)
NYC dual liner
CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Foundation- used as my concealer
Carbon black shadow from quad
Satin Taupe -neutral brown shadow in mirrored compact
MAC MSF Gold Spill (marbled pressed mineralized powder)
Sample sized Dazzle Ray (shimmery) pigment
MAC lipglass in Crescent
A shimmery yellow gold twist up, sponge applicator lipstick from Revlon (name?)
Here we go!
First, I based my eye all over with concealer with a color as close to my skin tone as possible. You could even use a sheer layer of foundation... just for the color to have something to adhere to.
I applied a neutral brown, in this case MAC's Satin Taupe up into the crease.
I applied black liner thickly across the lid, close to the lash line. Don't worry about neatness. Smudge the liner with a smudge stick, you shading brush or like me, I used my pinky lol.
I applied a black shadow, MAC's Carbon over the smudged black liner. I took a blending brush, MAC's 224, and blended out, softened the colors and removed harsh lines. Line your waterline with the black liner and add your blackest mascara (I forgot my mascara!). Though smokey eyes aren't a complete neat job, try to keep it clean so that you don't look busted.
Here's the look! Be sure to blend out your crease a little more, I can see lines here.. oh well!
For some added umph to take into the night, I used the same black shadow on my bottom lid using a fine angled or pointed brush. To give a bit of sparkle, I put some shiny pigment in the inner corners of my eyes. To do this, pick up some color on the brush and wet with a spray of water (I used MAC's Fix+, which is multipurpose so it's very handy to have!)
To (almost) complete the look, I added a MAC MSF in Gold Spill lightly on my cheeks with my #187 brush for a sheer layer and added the same shiny pigment to highlight my cheeks. Lips; I added a shimmery lipstick with a caramel colored gloss.
Some tips to make this look even more fabulous:
-Instead of using the shimmery color on your inner corners, adorn the corner of your eye with small skin safe rhinestone/body jewel.
-Instead of the shimmery color in your inner corners, use a white, gold or silver waterproof liner on your waterline.
-For a great party flare to your eyes use a gold or black glitter liner on your bottom lid, right under the lower lash line.
-Even more flare? Add some color mascara on the tips of your lashes.
-To intensify the darkness of your smokey eye, you can use a black cream color base- gel liner, a cream liner etc.