Smoky eyes suit every single eye colour because they just add that intensity making your eyes look lighter or brighter. Sarah has beautiful brown eyes and you can see in the before and after how it really makes her eyes appear lighter and stand out. I create smoky eyes with layers of colour so I work with a dark urban decay eye palette with 3 or four shades of greys and blacks. I brushed all over her eyelid with a silvery grey then took a more granite colour and worked it into the creases of her eyes. I took a black and added it to the outer corners and worked it inwards in the crease of the eye not going too far in. Then I took a charcoal black and worked it along the outer lash-line and then blended everything in. I added some eye-shadow under the eye and smudged it a little then finished with quite a thick L’oreal liquid liner and lashings of Maybelline Mascara.
If you look at the previous makeover I did on Ruth you can see the difference with how high I took the eye-shadow, on Sarah I stayed around the crease of the eye and left the space under the eyebrow, you could make the look more dramatic if you went up a little higher but I think this was just enough. If you stayed below the crease this would become more of a casual look.
Smoky eyes really make your eyes the focal point of your face and you can literally mute the rest which is exactly what I did. I evened out her skin-tone with some Body Shop Mineralise Foundation, brightened under the eyes with a Pixi concealer to make them stand out that little more. Then I contoured her nose with Pixi’s neutralise palette, sculpted her cheekbones and finished with a nude Benefit lipstick. This is a great evening look!
Ruth explained that she normally uses a darker palette on her eyes, I could understand why as that would really bring out her gorgeous green eyes. Darker shades are great for evenings but I wanted to do something different, since we were going to a pool party/BBQ I thought it would be nice to do a bronzed look and then add some colour to her usual eye palette. I used a Sleek Palette and blended copper with turquoise on her eyelid and then took a brown eye-shadow up to her brow bone. When you have smaller eye-lids you can wear your eye-shadow really high, it gives you the illusion of bigger eyes. I have bigger eye-lids so if I did that I would end up looking like a drag queen. I only ever wear high eye-shadow for costume parties or if I need an OTT look. Its really important to recognize your features and work to enhance them, I’ve seen people try to copy a beautiful make-up look and it just looks terrible because they didn’t consider how to adapt things to suit there features.
I highlighted under Ruth’s brow and used an eyebrow pencil to add more definition, then I finished with a metallic turquoise liner under the eyes and two coats of Benefit Bad Gal mascara. I added a MAC bronzer and a little Inglot coral blush and highlighted on her cheek-bones and nose. I finished with a Lancome coral lip-gloss, I thought it was perfect for the summery look I was going for and it really suited her.
This post is for Sarahjane08, I love getting your feedback and emails and will always try and do what I can to help you guys out. Sarah said she is on a budget and wanted to know what are good affordable products. When it comes to Fashion and Beauty I really don’t believe you need to spend money to look good. I have a mixture of high street and high end products and believe you can always rock what you’ve got.
I want to share 5 high street products that will transform your face and I have used them on my face to demonstrate how you can go from being a plain jane (no pun intended Sarahjane08 lol) to really enhancing what you’ve got.
my 1st essential is a good concealer, I love L’oreals truematch range and used it under and a little on top of my eyelids, on blemishes and any areas that are generally darker just to balance out my skintone. Concealer makes you look refreshed and is definitely my number 1 product.
My 2nd must have is Clump Defy Mascara by False Lash Effect from Maybelline. This mascara was given to me at the Viva Beauty Awards and it is just as good as Benefits Bad Gal and Diorshow for just a fraction of the price. No surprise that it won beauty product of the year!
Thirdly I used L’oreals Super Liner Carbon Gloss. Eyeliner is a great way to define your eyes and really make them stand out. I know a lot of women struggle with applying liquid liners but there are some great youtube tutorials to help you out or try a gel liner for more control.
My 4th product is No.7’s High Shine gloss in a shade called smile by Boots. I love nude’s and natural pinks on lips and this is one of my favourite shades.
The final product I used is Topshops Glow Pot in Gleam. I used that in the inner corners of my eyes just to make my eyes pop a little more. I also applied some on my cheek bones and under my eyebrows to make them more defined.
If you use your makeup correctly it can really enhance what you have and learn how to make it give you what you don’t have (I create more sculpted cheeks with highlighter and contouring under my cheek bones). If you have big round eyes make your eyeline more straight at the ends to make your eyes longer, If your eyes are too close together, start your liner in the middle of your eye to create space between them.
Hope this helped Sarah x
Zizzle went to the unveiling of Dune London’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection and it was everything we imagined and more. We expected a boy meets girl collection as Autumn/Winter is all about that sharp androgynous look however we loved how Dune managed to incorporate femininity which kept the collection sexy. From the furry leopard prints to the tri-tone brogues and kitten heels, the contrasting colour panelling added boldness to the range. The muted autumn hues gave a gothic nod to the punk-influenced collection and we dug the retro low block heels with ankle straps.WARNING: She will be spotted about town possible teamed with our gorgeous Dune sunglasses. Take a trip to your nearest Dune store to shop the new collection 🙂 Zizzle x