Hi Everyone! So I was dying to get playing with my new Contour Kit by Anastasia, and decided to go for this totally matte smoked out eye. Really felt like honing my blending skills a bit and what better way to do that than blend loads of matte tones together? I'm really happy with how this came out, it's quite simple in that there's not a gazillion shades needed, but it was time consuming, my hand was getting a bit numb by the time I had all the blending done hahah. Hope you enjoy it!
I began as always, by priming my lids with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden.
I did a light wash of Vanilla from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. This was just to take away the stickiness of the primer, so that the matte shades I knew I'd be using would blend out smoothly. Any flesh tone matte shade would work for this step.
Next to start defining my socket, I took the shade Java from the same palette on a Crown C200 Deluxe Crease brush. I built this up little by little, leaving the browbone free of colour.
I packed Handwritten, one of my all time favourite neutral deep browns, by Mac, on a Crown C124 Firm Shadow brush all over the moving lid. I used the blending brush from the last step to blend it into Java.
Next I lined my upper lashline with L'Oréal Super Liner Gel Intenza (check out my review here) on a Real Techniques Fine Liner brush. I just did a thick winged shape and immediately began to smudge it out. Once I had the edges of it softened out, I went in with a Crown bullet brush that I don't know the name of, and Crave from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (dying to get my paws on the new one!) . I used this blackened dark brown to smudge the line even further and blend it into Handwritten. I left the wing kind of sharp. This style of smokey eye would suit hooded or mono eyes really well.
I applied a generous coat of Clinique High Impact Mascara.
Ugh I love these little fellas. Ardell Wispies.
Going back in to Java and my very much-loved Handwritten, I ran both all the way under the lower lashes and blended down quite far. Seriously need to get a new one! Also popped some of the same mascara down there.
Sticking with the matte theme, I resisted the temptation for a frosty inner corner highlight, and went with my trusted Blanc Type by Mac instead. And that's the look done! Simples!
This photo was taken outside. What a difference!
Other Products Used
-Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
-Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
-Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder
-Anastasia Contour Kit
-Mac Fleur Power Powder Blush
-theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer
-Catrice Brow Set
-Lumene Wild arose Lipliner 2
-Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick 03