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Beirut, Lebanon | Saturday, 16 August 2014

Editorial Smokey Eye Tutorial | Collaboration with Ample Arabia

Hello beauties,

A couple of weeks ago, Heena from Ample Arabia contacted me so that we collaborate on a blog post. She is one of the first bloggers here in UAE that I followed and I am a big fan of her posts and work. For this collaboration we decided that each one of us would do a different take on a 'smokey eye'. Heena will be doing a more everyday, wearable smokey eye, whereas I’ll be doing an artsy/editorial smokey eye.

Check out her blog post HERE!

Starting with a clean face, I primed my face with Sephora’s Soothing Primer. I then applied Revlon Colorstay foundation all over, buffing it down to the neck so that the neck is not a different color than the face.

I didn’t set my foundation because I wanted the skin to look as dewy as possible.

I also didn’t add any concealer under my eye in case of eyeshadow fallout. I did however prime my eyelids and under my eye.

I added tape at the end of the eye so that it is easier to create a straight harsh line.

The trick with a smokey eye is never starting with black eyeshadow and trying to blend it. Black eye shadow is extremely hard to blend and blow out. Always start with transition colors in the crease. For example, I took Matt Singh from the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette by TheBalm and added it into the crease. This is a light peach eyeshadow that complements pale skin like mine. If you have darker skin, go for an eyeshadow that is two shades darker than your skin tone.

I then mixed Sable and Espresso from the Lorac Pro Palette, two dark brown shadows, placed them in crease and blended them just a little bit, focusing on blending them inwards towards the lid.

Taking Taupe from the Lorac, use this shade to blend out the previous two dark brown shadows, and this time blend outwards.

Next, I added Black Bean Jumbo Pencil from NYX on the lid as a base. I blended the edges and then added Black from the Lorac over it. Again, I used Sable and Espresso to blend out Black.
Moving on to under the eye, clean up any fallout and add concealer. Blend Taupe all over the lower lid and don’t be afraid to take it down more than usual.

Take Black Bean and place it on the outer and inner corner of the lower lid, leaving a space in the middle. Blend Black Bean with a pencil brush then add Black from the Lorac above it to set it.

Taking Sparkle Nude Jumbo Pencil from NYX, add it in the center of the lower lid and take it down in the shape of a tear. Add Gold from the Lorac Pro above it and blend it outwards slightly.

Line your upper and lower waterline with a black liner.

Add mascara, and your eyes are done.
On to the rest of the face, contour your cheekbones, add bronzer on the temples and forehead of the face. I used the Contour Kit from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Use a soft, neutral coral blush because the eyes are very intense. I used Tickled Pink from e.l.f.

Then go crazy with the cheekbone highlight. I used Mary Lou Manizer from TheBalm.

Line your lips and add any nude lip color. I used Darling from Gosh.

And you’re done…

That’s it guys, I hope you enjoyed this look and learned something!

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  1. I love your eyelook!. It's bold and sexy. The contrast of the smokey eye against your eye color is gorgeous ♡. Not a huge fan of the golden tear like design. Other than that, it's simply stunning. Love it!

    1. Thank you! I was definitely going for a very bold, artsy magazine look. The whole idea was of a beach/water goddess, the gold tears seemed to work with this look. Hahah, ofcourse it is not an everyday look :P
      I'm glad you liked it :D

  2. The work you did looks so exotic! It reminds me of character makeups done for Maleficent, Snow witch of Narnia, the Queen of SnowWhite and the Huntsman, etc..

    1. Thank you, Abidha! That is such a nice compliment!
      I hope one day I'll be able to create my own characters on screen<3