The smoky eyed effect is one of the liveliest trends for this season that can dramatically change your face and enlarge the appearance of your eyes. This effect will suit every evening fashion occasion and is great party eye makeup, creating an irresistible, big, bright eyed result. During the day a ‘less on the face’ look helps to keep the face natural for an all-day softness, however, at night, the smoky eye make up appearance is effectual when trying to glam up at night.
The rock chick chic look is easy to achieve using the correct colours for your skin tone. First, an eye shadow primer should be applied as it helps to create a smooth base and makes the colour last for longer, avoiding creases after a period of time. The choice of basic colour should be slightly darker than the natural skin and often beige or grey tone creates an excellent base. (Those opting to be more bold and brave may elect for a brighter base for a more spectacular look.)
The Colour Choice
The contour colour (this is the shade which starts from just above the pupil to the outside edge of the eye) needs to be a dark, matte or a shimmery colour. Metallic make up gives it a shiny effect and multi-tone metals are so catwalk. Good colour options are dark brown, green, blue and purple and for a more stand out, striking look, black will create the diva style that is very popular in the evenings. Ensure the outer colours are blended using a finger to help keep the look more natural. For those daring to bare, you could use it as a layering opportunity for different intensities. However, for the more introverted makeup lover, apply just a little in the outer corners for a subtle smoke if you’re feeling cautious.
To highlight the eyes further, a black kohl pencil should be used just above eyelids and inside the lower eye to complete the smoky eye effect. Liquid eyeliner can be used, however, using the liquid liner would make it impossible to blend to create the sultry smudged look, therefore, a kohl pencil is recommended.
Once the shaping and contouring of the eyes is complete, use a good black, thickening mascara to help to keep in line with the dark effect and make eyelashes look longer and thicker. Eyebrow powder or an eyebrow pencil in brown/dark brown will complete the dark eyed effect and helps to create the illusion of larger eyes.
Finally, to keep the look balanced, pair the bright, bold eyes with bare lips (or use lip gloss) as only one feature has to stand out, not both the lips and eyes. Keep lips neutral to avoid colour overkill.
The Make Up Choice of the Celebrities
Many celebrities embrace the smoky eyed effect as their make up choice for evening occasions and they have proudly showed off their diva, glam looks on many red carpet events. Cheryl Cole, Eva Longoria, Nicole Scherzinger, Victoria Beckham and Beyonce are a few examples of many celebrities who are rocking this look. This vintage make up style has been inspired by the likes of Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor and reminiscent of the film noir era, where the choice of make up was a subtle smoky eye effect.
Using the guidelines above, this look is very easy to achieve to create the rock chick chic, film noir style. A fashion fit for the inner screen siren in you!