Smoky eyes are my favorite because they can be done it a variety of ways and anyone can rock them. In the summertime I especially favor a smoky eye that’s on the softer side, with bronze and orange hues because I think those warm tones really add a sultriness to the look. Here’s a breakdown of how I get a warm smoky eye using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette:
After I primed my lids (UD Eye Primer Potion) I took a pointed blending brush (this is from the EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Set, it’s labeled as “blend”) and the shade Realgar and blended it all along my crease.
Once I was satisfied with the amount of saturation in the crease, I took the shade Burnt Orange on a fluffy blending brush (Sigma E40) and buffed out Realgar to diffuse the color a bit using small circular motions.
I have been loving warm reds on the eyes, so I applied Red Ochre all over my lid and then went back over it with Antique Bronze for a little dose of shimmer.
I decided I wanted to add a little more dimension in this look, so I took Cyprus Umber to the outer third of my crease to add a bit of shadow there.
Lately I’ve been really into a more carved out brow, so I used a pencil concealer (Susan Posnick Color Correct Sticks) to highlight my brow bone, blending it out with a concealer brush, and then topping with Tempera to set.
Instead of going with my usual black cat eye I decided to line my upper and lower lash line with a bronze crayon liner (NYX Retractable Liner in Bronze) and then smudged the lower lash line out with a bit of the Antique Bronze shadow.
I finished the eyes off by adding Primavera to the inner corner to highlight and layering mascara on my top and bottom lashes.
After I applied my foundation and highlight (MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC 42, which btw is a touch light for me this time of year but works out fine in colder weather), I applied a warm-toned blush as well (Makeup Geek Infatuation).
What are your go-to tones for a smoky eye? Are you pro-smoky eye in the daytime or do you usually reserve it for nighttime? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you! Next Monday I’ll be doing the ride or die tag so stay tuned!