My friends say that I exaggerate.
“That’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life.’
“This is the best chocolate in the world. Seriously, the very best.”
“This is the fastest and the easiest way ever to _____”
You get the drill. But I’m not exaggerating. Honestly.
In that moment it is absolutely the most beautiful/best chocolate/fastest and easiest. And it’s going to stay that way until I come across the next most beautiful/best chocolate/fastest and easiest thing. Seriously. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it. At least for now.
Now that we’ve got that cleared up, here are my tips for the best smoky eye ever. No exaggerations.
4,442 TO 4
I’ve definitely taken 4,442 steps to get to the perfect, smoky eye. (Sometimes a few more. But who’s counting?) But I’ve also nailed it in 4. The truth is that most of the time I don’t have the rest of my life to finish one eye. Sometimes, I don’t even have 4 minutes.
So here’s my 4 Step Method using just one tool.
PAINT IT ON
Eye paints are the latest and greatest product for quick and smoky eyes. All of the big brands have them. They come in tiny, glass jars and can be applied with a stiff, short-bristled brush or your finger. (That’s one tool if you’re paying attention.) They’re foolproof and have great staying power.
Some of my favorite eye paints:
The key to a smoky eye is to create a subtle gradation by pairing two shades, one at the deepest end of the spectrum and one at the lightest end. The deepest shade goes at your lash line, the lightest on your brow bone. The two meet in the middle to create a medium tone, adding definition in the crease of your eye. You can choose your own pairings in any brand, but here are some that I love.
For a classic smoky eye in silver and black:
NARS Eye Paint in Interstellar and Black Valley
For a modern nude and navy look:
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long-wear Luminous Eyeshadows in Emerveille and Appartition
For a soft and subtle effect in bone and bronze:
MAC Pro Long wear Paint Pots in Soft Ochre and Constructivist
GET TO WORK
Start with an eyeshadow primer. It’s an extra step I’ve tried to avoid, but it always ends badly. There’s no use spending time applying shadow and seeing it melt away. Use your ring finger to evenly smooth the primer from lash to brow bone.
Apply the lightest shade that you’ve selected from the lash line and all the way to the brow bone using your ring finger, creating a shaded ‘base’ for the smoky eye.
Now use the deepest shade that you’ve selected. Apply it starting at the lash line and over your lid with a patting motion. Blend inward and soften the edge and any lines. Moving toward the natural crease, create a soft and blurred effect.
Dip your finger in the pot of the deepest shade and sweep across your lower lash line. Curl your lashes. Add mascara. Done.
Smoky eyes (like so many other things in life) can be complicated. But they don’t have to be. And, let’s face it, that is time that could be spent seeking out the most beautiful things you’ve ever seen or finding the best chocolate ever, even if it takes trying 4,442 different kinds to get to 4. And … I’m not exaggerating.