Easy and Simple Smoky Eyes Make-Up Tips For Starters and Models
Before proceeding, please be guided with the following:
I am not a fashion or make-up expert. I don’t even have the fundamental training in make-up application or artistry. All pieces of information which will be provided in the succeeding article were all just a product of imagination and repeated trials. My goal is to share my acquired knowledge regarding smoky eyes and eyebrow make-up to everyone, especially to the neophytes of make-up application, hoping that everything shared will contribute to new discovery or needed assistance.
The Author Just Wants to Know...
For females: How Often Do You Wear Make-Up?
The Humble Beginning...
A couple of months ago, there has been a sudden twist in my career path. From being a nurse whose life hovered on patient care and supervision of an ambulatory clinic department for almost a year, I suddenly found myself becoming an image model for a certain nursing review company. Thriving in the fashion industry without knowledge of any beauty and make-up essentials made me struggle at the beginning, leaving me clueless most of the time. As compared to comfortable nursing uniforms I wear at work, there were times when I have to leave them hanging in my closet to fit in to designer clothes and apparels. The outfit changes were quite fun and exciting. However, the real challenge came in when I had to do my make-up when artists were not around to do it for me.
During the image model competition, I had to undergo preparations and training such as walking the ramp in high heels, practicing leg and hip exercises, and mastering several catwalk routines. We were also given basic make-up sessions to be used in our own advantage though I wouldn’t say such short classes were enough to make me a pro. And I was equally terrible even thereafter. So can you imagine now how dreadful it was to stand out during the search?
Having experienced it the hard way, I learned that putting on make-up is something every young and grown-up woman ought to know. And when I say ‘know’, they should at least have the basic knowledge on the proper techniques of application. Make-up does not just involve the use of cosmetic products. It is something that should be keenly taken in careful consideration. A properly done make-up should complement your look and highlight your façade and features. In doing make-up, one of the important things you should consider is dealing with colors which properly and compatibly match your skin tone and blend altogether. In my personal opinion, applying make-up in the eye area is one of the most challenging tasks to do. It might just be the most difficult thing to learn for starters.
“The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero
Even with the absence of speech, a person’s eyes could do the talking. It has the capability to convey even the subtle of all messages which are sometimes best left unspoken. To take advantage of such captivating power, people create different eye make-up variations to provoke a typical or desired look. Also, one of its goals is to accentuate beautiful eye features and hide undesirable ones. Doing your smoky eye make-up is indeed not a petty task to accomplish. But with careful and patient techniques of application, coupled with great eagerness to look stunning, it won’t be painstaking at all. There are various ways in dealing with this, though it is important to develop a system of methods that work best for you. You will be able to fortify and incorporate more on those "methods" as you practice further.
Before beginning your creative endeavour, you have to be well prepared so every step of the way would be easy to deal with. I would advise you to wash your face first with cool water and mild soap in order to leave it oil-free and make-up ready. Some beauty experts say that taking a small block of ice and applying it to your face prior to doing your make-up would minimize the chances of having clogged skin pores since the cold ice would constrict them. You should also prepare everything you need before you start doing your make – up. Basically, you should have your brushes, foundation or base, eyeliner, and eye shadow make-up close at hand.
WHAT MAKE-UP BRUSHES SHOULD I USE?
Just like painters, make-up artists also have their own set of brushes which aid them in blending colors to make and complete their works of art. This time, the canvas is a person’s face and the colors come straight from their make-up palette. Ideally, one should own a set of brushes of different types effective for various applications and purposes. There are brushes used to apply concealer and foundation (or base) in place of traditional make-up sponges that women commonly used in the past. Also, there are brushes which are used mainly for applying eye shadows. Since eye make-up is the focal point of this discussion, one should focus on familiarization with various kinds of eye make-up brushes. These brushes are vital in doing your smoky eye make-up. Such look is highly dependent on how well colors are applied and blended. And the job of these brushes is supposedly to do just that. Properly blended colors would assure achievement of desired outcomes. Since each eye make-up brush is used for a single and unique purpose, it would be very wise and practical to invest on their acquisition.
The brushes I opt to use every time I create my smoky eye look are the following:
- Smudge brush
- Blending brush
- Applicator brush
- Eye-liner brush
If you have enough financial resources, it would be better to invest on a brush set or kit. However, you could always take your time purchasing different kinds of brushes as you do further smoky eye make-up experimentations. If you are still starting out, you could begin with those brushes mentioned above.
WHAT TYPE OF EYELINER TO USE? Pencil vs. Liquid
In eye make-up application, you may use either pencil or liquid eyeliner to shape up and trace the contours of your eyelids. However, it is more advisable to utilize pencil eyeliner in doing a smoky eye make-up. Pencil eyeliners are easily smudged and blended in contrast to liquid eyeliners. Also, pencil eyeliners are much easier to manipulate and work with.
Pencil eyeliners come in various colors and shades. However, black is much preferable among the rest. Brown shades would do as long as they come in darker tones. Basically, black is the ideal color to use because the principle behind smoky eye make-up lies within the interplay of various neutral shades. And black is proven best to blend with browns, greys, and other neutral hues.
WHAT IS AN EYE MAKE-UP BASE?
Eye make-up bases have gained popularity of use nowadays. Even make-up experts advise consumers to invest in to having one. They come in cream or powder forms which are primarily used to hold the eye shadow longer. Also, they prevent your eye make-up from getting smudged elsewhere or being scattered beneath your eyelids. You could still proceed to doing your smoky eye make-up even if you still haven’t got one. However, it would be ideal to find the soonest opportunity to purchase your own from local cosmetic shops in your area. And oh, don’t forget to apply it after you’re done doing your eyebrow fixes and make-up. Such measure would ensure that you won’t mess up the area with the eye make-up base.
When choosing the eye make-up base for you, always take careful consideration with your options. The perfect base for you is something which goes well and matches your skin tone. Upon application, it should brighten your eye area instead of discoloring it. Also, be cautious in choosing the right product for you. If you have allergies to cosmetic articles such as this, it would be nice to consult with a sales person first about the product types available that are proven mild or hypoallergenic. Most shops provide a free trial on these cosmetic products which aide the consumers to make the right choices.
WHAT EYE SHADOW COLORS SHOULD I APPLY?
In smoky eye make-up, using neutral colors and shades is the rule of thumb, the principle, and the universal standard. It is one of the basic techniques which had been used for years, even until now. However, some go for bright colors or other eccentric shades that suit their preferences. Usually, those who do are professional make-up artists. For starters, you may initially stick to your greys, browns, and blacks while you practice how to blend them altogether, before you move on trying out different colors. You could also use whites or silvers for accentuation and better mixes.
NOW THAT I HAVE EVERYTHING I WOULD NEED, WHERE SHOULD I BEGIN WITH?
Don’t proceed to doing your smoky eye make-up just yet. It is important to groom and fix your eyebrows first. Doing such would give it a sleek and sexy look. The eyebrows are one of the most important features in your face which are often taken for granted. Make sure you had plucked or waxed them before moving on. In case you are kind of scared to do this yourself, you could always go to the salon to have them done by artists. Try to observe carefully while they do it so you would eventually know how to groom your eyebrows, on your own, the next time you might need to. Just so you know, properly done eyebrows would help emphasize the smoky eyes a little bit more.
Apply make-up to your eyebrows before anything else. You wouldn’t want to look like someone who has small bushes on his brows, so you have to make sure that you don’t overdo it. In order to accomplish your eyebrow make-up neatly, you will need your eyebrow brush tools, black or dark brown pencil eyeliner, and a dark brown eye shadow. First, brush your eyebrows towards the direction of hair growth. Brushing it in an opposite direction would scatter the hair shafts which would make it look grungy. You could use an eyebrow brush (those which look a lot like miniature combs and brushes built in one small head piece) or a clean and dry mascara brush in doing such. Then for applying the actual eyebrow make-up, you should use your angled brush. This brush is specially designed to do the job. When it comes to picking colors, pick the one which matches the darkest shade in your hair though sometimes, it really depends on what looks good for your brows. Most often, women choose and use black or darkest shades of brown. Dab the angled brush on the chosen color then tap it off a bit before coloring your eyebrows. The angled brush should be directed upward while following the natural contour of your eyebrows. Then after doing so, grab your pencil liner to trace your brows lightly and neatly so as to define their contours more. A properly done eyebrow make-up should start from the inner corner of the eye and end at the outer corner of the eye.
AND FOR A FEW OTHER REMINDERS...
Smoky eye make-up aims to emphasize your eyes. Therefore, let it be the sole focus of people’s attention. Make sure to apply just the adequate amount of light lipstick (baby or rosy pink) and always avoid reds or other hot colors. As for the cheeks, apply just enough amount of blush-on which corresponds to your skin tone to achieve pleasant facial contouring. Getting wrong with your lips and cheeks would spoil the entire look. For sure, you wouldn’t want to look like a clown.