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Sometimes I can be the most boring girl when it comes to make-up, there will be weeks where I just don’t have the time or the inkling to try something new. I’ve not really written any new years resolutions down definitively but I did set myself on the task of trying new thing. Which is where this black smokey eyeliner effect came from.Just opening up to the possibilities, new foods, different styles or maybe pull off a look I haven’t tried out. I feel like my hair resembles something you might see on the original Charlies Angels show as opposed to soft curls I was aiming for but I’m at least attempting it. The make-up look came from the March Issue of Elle magazine which is where I got the Benefit Roller Lash from as a freebie (see post). She had cream eyeliner swept above & below her lashes in a blue black shade which I may try next time but I went with a classic black instead. Using black eyeshadow means I can sheer it out to an almost grey or built up to be very black but still with a soft side. Cheap black eyeshadows tend to be hard to get a decent colour payoff but the one below is by far my favourite from the drugstore.
Soft Smokey Black Eyeliner
The Products & How I Used Them
Firstly I applied my new fave primer the Loreal Studio Secrets one (from USA but found in T.K.Maxx) . I was aiming for a natural & slightly dewy base so I applied the Mac Mineralize Moisture foundation in NW13 with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I forgot about blush as my cheeks were rather rosy due to the cold weather anyway. I filled my brows in with the Mac Eye Brows pencil in Lingering I find it so much easier than others & I’m surprised how long it’s lasted me. Next I gave my eyes a base shade to build on with Mac Eyeshadows in Blanc Type over the entire lid & Cork in the crease. his makes it easier to blend the smokey eye out. Next I applied the Urban Decay Eye Pencil in Zero to the upper & lower waterline.
The Smokey Black Eyeliner Explained
I’ve used the Bourjois Intense Baked eyeshadow in Charcoal Black many times to create eyeliner with but it was always wet (how to in this post here). Once you get a baked eyeshadow wet it seals it & you can’t change it back for dry use, luckily I hadn’t got the entire pan wet so some was still powder. In the photo above you can see a mini Clinique brush (from their Brush On cream Liner) I got a lot of shadow on the tip on the brush by wiggling it into the eyeshadow. I then slowly pressed the brush tip as close to the lash line as possible. From there I built it up and out, at any point you can go to a blending brush to smudge out the liner. I used the Ysl Eye Shader brush as it’s small domed head can get close to the lash line but still blend the colour out I love it but a similar small brush would work just as well, this one is £32 ( I got it in a Xmas sale). The Bourjois Intense gives a deep pigmented shade but blends beautifully to get that perfect soft smokey black eyes that smoulder. I attempted to wing it out a little but not much as I didn’t want to push it & ruin what I was already happy with as a strong look. As I had Roller Lash at hand I used it as it’s a good curling mascara ( see more about this Benefit freebie here).
Lastly but not least a quick swipe of Clinique’s Almost lipstick in Black Honey, a little is enough to give colour to the lips without taking focus from the eyes.
Bourjois Intense Little Round Pot Eyeshadow in Charcoal Black is £6.99.
I never thought I would wear Black eyeshadow in such a dramatic way as this but I think I pulled it off this time. What do you think? Too Much? Or not enough? What looks wouldn’t you dare to wear?