All eyes aren’t created equal, so why conform when you can pop with a modern smokey eye? Charcoal is the LBD of the smokey eye, but you can add a modern flair to turn up the volume.
Golden Girl – Go metallic and glitter in a shimmering hue. Gold, copper and bronze are pretty user friendly thanks to their superb blending ability. Add a bold gold over your lid to just above the crease. Sweep a darker complimenting hue from the outer corner of your eye inward. Skip any liners and keep mascara minimal. Try Urban Decay in ‘Easy Baked’ for deeper hue and Guerlain Loose Powder Shadow in Cuivre Ora for a brighter look.
Chocolate Is a Girl’s Best Friend – Give your eyes a warm sultry look with rich brown hues. This where lining first comes in handy. Line lids with a brown pencil, try Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Copper Glow, and accent lower rims of your eyes with a kohl black liner. Then, use a creamy shadow from your lid to just above your crease. Blend away! To take the look from day to night, add a shimmery deep bronze from your crease to just under your brow bone. Add some volumizing mascara and your ready to go.
Burgundy Babe – Poor Mischa Barton attempted this, but it somehow went very bad. Click HERE to see the Celebrity Miss… I love this color with green and blue eyes, but it works well with any eye color. Start by lining your inner rims and lashlines with a brown liner. Next, use a burgundy shade with pink tones to fill your upper lids. I like M.A.C.‘s Mineralize Shadow in Caribbean. Don’t be timid as you take the same color and blend it under your lower lashline with the brown liner. Add one coat of defining mascara to complete the look.
Luscious Lavender – This is by far, my favorite. It makes my blue eyes pop and purple is my signature color. The power of the hue flatters all skin tones, but I like the deeper tones so I don’t look like I am trying to hide my age. Be careful with lavender shades. You want sheen but AVOID shimmer. You might end up with a look that is better suited for Barbie. If you are wary, err on the side of a more eggplant hue. Its dignified and compliment grey or black with a dignified burst of color. Don’t be tempted to line your eyes with black or grey liners.
Instead, Try Yves Saint Laurent‘s Waterproof Eye Pencil in Violet Massa. Leave your rims naked and focus on sweeping the pencil along your lower lashline and bringing it upward and out slighlty farther than you would for a normal cat eye. Next, use Make Up for Ever‘s Aqua Cream in Pearly Mauve and sweep it across your crease. Do not go above your crease or the look will be too intense. Instead, continue sweeping it outward until you meet your line you made with your lower lashes. Use one coat of mascara on your upper lashes and skip coating your lower lashes. TIP: Avoid getting any of the hue in your inner corners to help the look maintain an natural, understated element.