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Smokey Eye Tutorial From A Pro: Guest Blogger

In the fashion world, there’s outfit envy. In the beauty world, there’s makeup envy — and we are seriously envious when it comes to Annamarie Tendler. A genius makeup artist, Tendler covers a wide range of topics on her am. blog, but her The Daily Face posts, which chronicle her day-to-day makeup looks, are our favorite. (FYI: She did an amazing series in October called The Spooky Scary Daily Face, which was epic.) Each day she inspires with a gorgeous new look, and for one whole week, she’s sharing her makeup expertise with lucky, lucky us.

The Daily Face is a project on my personal blog that I’ve been doing for almost a full year now. I do my own makeup, photograph it, and then explain how I achieved the look with a breakdown of what I used. Here’s my smokey eye, a classic look every makeup wearer should master! For more Daily Faces visit my blog.

The smokey eye is such a classic because it’s versatile and always looks good. You can achieve the effect with any color really, but usually it’s done with grays and blacks.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Under eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325
Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Eye shadow: MAC in Electra, NARS Duo in Eurydice
Eye brows: MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Fling
Eye lashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama
Cheeks: NARS Cream Blush in Penny Lane

The steps:

1. I started by lining the lid with MAC Fluidline Blacktrack, including the inner rims. I didn’t take the liner all the way to the inner corner of the eye, however feel free to do so. If I were going to a party I would likely extend the liner to the inner corners of the eye.

2. Next, I applied MAC shadow in Electra to the lid from the liner to the crease. Then using the black shadow from the NARS Eurydice Duo (you can use any black shadow) I blended it into the outer corners of the lid and into the crease. The trick to the smokey eye is a lot of blending, so don’t be afraid to go over the shadow a lot with the brush. Be sure not to take the black shadow too far towards the inner corner of the eyes though. You want to see that light silvery-grey tone.

3. Next, I blended the shadow around the outer corners of my eyes and slightly below the lower lash line. The shadow on the lower and upper lid should connect around the outer corner of the eye. Blending the black shadow below the lower lash line is what makes the smoky eye, so don’t skip this step.

4. Here’s a trick: It always helps me to use the bones of the eye socket as a guide, meaning the black shadow should run along the edge of the bone at the eye crease and also at the outer corner of the eye. If you’re feeling really fancy, you can add some highlighter to the brow bone, but be careful because it’s easy to get into drag queen territory if you go too crazy with the smoky eye.

5. Last I applied the NARS cream blush to the apples of my cheeks with my finger.

There you go! Five steps to a great smokey eye look all your own.

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