Smokey Eyes

Before we get started I’d like to share some basic tips and tricks I have picked up from other bloggers over the years.

 Choose your colors

  • You could essentially use any color of a similar shade or hue to create a decent smokey eye.
  • To get a classic smoky eye I would usually opt for the black or gray colors, but bronze, gold and brown are also commonly used.
  • Green eyes look particularly good with a gray and plum smoky eye, while blue eyes pop with gold or copper and brown eyes go great with shades of navy and gray.
  • You should choose three shades of each color: a light, medium and a dark shade.
  • Avoid choosing colors that are too bright, or if you have very fair skin too dark. You want your smoky eye to accentuate your pretty face, not to distract from it.

Use the right tools

  • Although there is always the option to use one of those complimentary sponge applicators or wands that you sometimes get with some makeup pallets, I would almost always opt not to. I find that the perfect smoky eye is created using the right supplies and you would be surprised to notice that it can make all the difference to the look you are trying to achieve.
  • I find using matte eyeshades gives you the best blending ability, which is necessary for creating a great smoky eye. You have the option to use other bases of shadow for instance, cream based eyeshadow or satin based eyeshadow or even shows that have a glittery base to them, but for the best look try and go for the pressed matte eyeshadow.
  • Use pitch-black eyeliner to accentuate your smoky eye. You have the option of using a pencil, cream, or liquid eyeliner, and any will work just fine. Cream and liquid eyeliners give a very smooth finish, while pencil eyeliner gives a softer blended look.
  • Be sure to use good quality makeup brushes. Using dirty, old, or sponge brushes will create a smeared look that doesn’t blend. The best makeup brush for a smoky eye is a flat brush to pat on the eyeshadow, a domed eyeshadow brush to help blend out any sharp lines, and a pencil brush which will give you more accuracy when trying to apply eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes or to the bottom lash line. You can find these at many beauty supply stores. The brushes I tend to use are:
    • MAC pencil Brush – 219
    • MAC shader Brush – 239
    • MAC Blending Brush – 217
  • Be sure to have concealer and eyeshadow primer to prep your lids before applying the smoky eye. Use a concealer brush to apply both.
  • Have a large fluffy brush, makeup remover and q-tips on hand to fix any mistakes or loose shadow on your cheeks.

Apply your face makeup

Before you put on your smoky eye, you should create your neutral palette. Apply concealer under your eyes and on any dark or red spots, and then apply a powder foundation over the top to set it.

  • You have the option of applying blush or bronzer to add dimension to your face. For a bronzer, sweep it into the hollows of your cheeks with a large fluffy brush. To apply a blush, blend it into the apples of your cheeks. Remember to apply both lightly, for the most natural look.
  • Make sure your eyebrows are well-shaped and colored, as the smoky eye will draw attention to them. Having brows that are too thin or light will make your smoky eye look too dark and unnatural.

Now to begin with the application process:

Apply your highlighter. 

 Your highlighter is the lightest of your three eyeshadow shades. Using your eyeshadow brush, dab it on the inside corner of your eyelid on both your upper and lower lids. Sweep it directly under your eyebrows as well, from the beginning to the end of your brows.

Put on your medium shade. 

 Take your middle eyeshadow shade and sweep it over your entire eyelid. Be sure to blend it at the inside corners with your highlighter, so that there isn’t a harsh divide between the two colors. Apply it upwards only to the natural crease on your lid, not all the way to the highlighter underneath your brows.

Begin adding your darkest color. 

Begin at the outside corner of your eyes, and sweep in a ‘C’ shape from the about halfway inwards (from the outside of your face) on the lash line, back up and around to about halfway inwards on the crease of your eyelid.

  • The darkest part should always be the point at the upper edge of your lash line. Whenever you need to apply more of your dark shadow, start at this point and work inwards or upwards.
  • Don’t apply the shadow too far in. You want the inside ⅓-½ of your eyelid to not have any dark shadow. This will help your eyes to look open and bright.
  • To add a dramatic look to your classic smoky eye, sweep your dark eyeshadow to a point (more of a “<” shape than a “C” shape) towards the end of your eyebrow. Make sure that the darkest point still remains at the outside corner of your lash line.
  • Sweep a little of your dark shadow under your eye onto your lower lid. Again, start at the outside corner and bring it only about halfway in. This will help to balance the darkness out on the top of your eyes.

Below @Missmaes shows off the perfect look using Urban Decay Naked 2.

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 Below: Smokey eye pictorial by Eline F

Smokey eye pictorial by Eline F

 Below:  @Lauren shows us the basics of applying eyeshadow in layers to achieve a very easy smokey eye look

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TOP TIP TUESDAY : TIPS FOR DRY SKIN

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I know how tough it can be to apply makeup to your dry skin it really its’nt a simple task! And once you think youve mastered your foundation routine and have a smooth application going, you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror on the way out and realize that’s not the case. You’re already late for something at this point and we all know that starting your full-face routine all over again is not an option! The dreaded nose peeling, foundation flaking, concealer cracking — it’s all preventable. For those extra special moments when your dry skin refuses to behave, here’s how to ensure an all-day, flake-free complexion.

The Magic lies in the Prep Work

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Begin your routine by using a creamy exfoliating cleanser with gentle beads to sweep away any dead cells sitting on the skin’s surface.

2. Use a fast-absorbing moisturizer, so that the product can quickly work its way into your skin, delivering immediate relief and hydration. 

3. An essential step in prepping your skin for a flawless makeup application is primer. The creamy texture will keep skin moisturized and act as a “blur,” smoothing out pores and any imperfections.

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I absolutely love using my ‘Porefessional’ by Benefit Cosmetics. A small amount is sufficient to cover many areas on the face. The product blends well with various skin tones, as well as other make up. And I found that one tube would usually last me several months if a tiny amount is used with each application. However the only down side to it is that its a little over priced and retails at around $31+ however you can find mini version at Ulta and Sephore for as low as $10. 

The RIGHT Formula

Dry skin is practically begging for nourishment (with flakes acting as tears!), which is why liquid or light and creamy textured makeup is the only way to go. Anything heavy or cakey will almost instantly cause irritation and botch your beautiful makeup job.

I would opt for a more lightweight foundation like the Nars weightless foundation. it would be best to use a synthetic foundation brush since it’s gentle enough to keep your skin from flaking. Then, use a damp Beauty Blender to press makeup into your skin for a  more natural, dewy look. The same goes for blush! Use a creamy compact or liquid stain instead of powder for added hydration that won’t crack.

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This is the foundation I reach for everyday without even thinking twice. It stays on all day, it has no SPF so during the day I can just add my own sunscreen. It’s the perfect shade and does not oxidize on my skin! Best way to apply this is with a damp beauty blender and my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

Dry Skin DON’TS

1. Do not use your fingers to apply makeup, as they’ll absorb the much-needed moisture in your skin.

2. Stay away from powders, unless you must use a little around your T-zone. Go for oil-blotting sheets instead like NYX Blotting Paper.

3. Skip the waterproof formulas as they suck out skin’s moisture, which will lead to flaking.

What are some of your makeup application tips for dry skin? Share in the comments below! 

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How To Re-hydrate Your Mascara To Last Longer!

How many times have you forgotten to tighten the cap on your makeup? Or maybe you left the cap off altogether?

The next thing you know, you go to your vanity to get gorgeous and find out that your mascara or eye liner is dry as a bone. There goes the $10 bucks you spent on it, right? Wrong! Let’s face it, this happens to every tube of mascara over time. The problem is it dries out and then starts to form unattractive lumps. To help prevent this, don’t pump your mascara trying to get more on your wand; you’re basically pumping air into the tube causing it to dry out even faster.

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Although mascara should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, I use to replace mine much sooner just because it dries out so fast and creates undesirable results. But, there’s an easy fix for that! Add a drop or two of Visine (or any brand of eye drops) into the tube, and then rub the wand around inside. The Visine softens the mascara liquid, making it apply as if it were a brand new tube!

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How To Fix Broken Eyeshadow

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Well, if you are as obsessed with makeup as I am, then you have probably been in my situation before. If you are like me, you are careful with your makeup and really take pride in the fact that you haven’t broken any of your favorite powder makeup products before…

Until now…

And as you stare at your eyeshadow (or face powder or blush) as it sits face down on the floor, you can’t help but see your life flash before your eyes because your favorite *insert product here* is smashed. A little piece of your heart is broken… as well as the precious makeup. If you’ve ever cracked your favorite eyeshadow, instead of going out and replacing it, try this trusty trick instead…

I was scrolling through Pinterest a week ago (at 3 in the morning because I’m obsessed). Normally I just look at hair inspiration, new lippies, and (of course) new Pinterest things to test. But, that day I was looking for different beauty hacks or DIYs that I could give a try.

I came across this beauty hack a while ago but never gave it a shot. But, of course, I had not gotten the opportunity to give it a try because I haven’t broken any makeup before.

So, I gave it a shot.

Here’s what you will need:


Rubbing alcohol / surgical spirit

Broken eyeshadow

Coin the size of your eyeshadow

Tissue / piece of fabric

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Step 1: Place your broken eyeshadow into the corner of the bag making sure it’s secure, use the end of your knife to crush it even further so that the particles will join together easily once the surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol is applied.

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Step 2: Remove the eyeshadow from the bag and add a few drops of surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol until the entire eyeshadow is damp.

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Step 3: Wrap your coin with piece of fabric or kleenex like so, if you are using fabric wet the surface area with the surgical spirit so it doesn’t stick, using fabric will give the e/s a textured effect.

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Step 4: Press firmly and leave to dry. I left mine overnight but the drying time is much quicker than that. I didn’t like the textured effect of the fabric so I swirled my finger in the pan whilst it was wet to get rid of it. I don’t mind what the e/s looks like as long as it’s usable. 🙂

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I honestly think that this is a great way to save any broken powder makeup. This doesn’t alter the makeup in anyway… Other than the fact that it doesn’t look as good in the pan as it did before. But the pigmentation and finish is all the same. So, nothing to worry about. This method can be used to fix blushes, bronzers and even press pigments.

I hope this blog post was helpful. If you do end up giving this a try, let me know how it goes! 😉

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TOP TIP TUESDAY! … HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES

Good morning my loves and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

So today I was trying to figure out what tips and tricks i can give out to all my beauts on Instagram for my TOP TIP TUESDAY! but i just couldn’t think of anything at the top of my head, so i swirled around in my beauty box to see if I could find something interesting to share with you all. While i was rummaging through it all i realized how all my eyeshadows are unorganized and all over the place. So while i sat there contemplating over how I should keep all my shadows in one place like i do with my brushes, it hit me! Why not just talk about how I keep my brushes organized! It’s something I definitely appreciate when it comes to doing my makeup. I just wished someone had told me about this allot sooner.

But before I go on, I have to admit something to y’all… i have an excessive amount of brushes, its ridiculous. I may be exaggerating a bit but the bottom line is that I have way more brushes than I need (according to some people.  I swear I use them all).  Being that I have a nice sized collection of brushes I obviously needed a way to store them in a way that would make them easily accessible. But just to make it easier ill be using a handful of my brushes to demonstrate how I like to store them.

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Months ago I saw a post on Pinterest on how to maximize your storage space for little things using Ikea items and immediately stored it in the “things to do when I’ve got time” file.  I never thought anything of it at the time but when it came time for me to make some makeup brush holders I knew exactly where to turn.

I would suggest you check your local craft store or dollar store ( or even £1 store like Pound Land, for those of you in England) for supplies for this craft and I’d imagine that you could make it for much cheaper than I did.

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Anyway, first you’ll need to determine how large of a container you need.  The container posted above is what I use for my face brushes and eye brushes. But i would reccomend you use something a little larger when it comes to storing face brushes, especially if you have wider ended brushes like my Real Techniques brushes. Those could be a little tricky to store, so i would defiantly recommend getting a slightly larger vase or bowl.

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Decoration, sand/stones, black/white, gray

I also got the sand which I would use to keep my brushes in place from Ikea. You can find these in the vase and flower department. they’re pretty cool, and they come in various colors.

Once I have all my containers and sand ready, I fill my containers up with the sand about 75-80% of the way and it works out perfectly well. I’ve found that if you fill them too low the brushes will stand up fine but once you start pulling them out for use it causes the brushes left in the container to fall over or droop to one side. But that’s it!  This project cost me about $8 total (not including makeup brushes) but that’s taking into consideration the conversion from the £ to the $.
Happy reading loves!

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