Quiz: Find Your Best Smoky Eye Look
Answer these questions to learn how to create the best smoldering eye makeup look for your unique eye shape
You Likely Have Almond Shaped Eyes, So Here's How To Get Your Ideal Smoky Look:
An almond eye shape is considered to be the most common and easiest to enhance. To play up this shape, Schlip recommends "a beautifully angled outer corner" to really kick up the drama. To create this smoky look, she recommends the following tools and products:
Three shades of eyeshadow in a light, medium, and darker tone. To make this easy, Schlip uses an eyeshadow palette so she doesn't have to fumble with multiple compacts. Try Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner, $11.95. For a daytime smoky day look stick to mauve and bronze shades, but for nighttime, turn up the heat with black and gunmetal.
Two brushes -- one fluffy brush and one small, stiff brush.
An eyelash curler. Schlip loves the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $19.
Liquid Eyeliner, try the top-rated It Cosmetics Liquid Gel Eyeliner, $20.
Mascara -- check out our editors' favorites and the highest-rated drugstore mascaras to find a new fave.
Step 1: Use your fluffy brush to sweep your entire lid with the medium shadow shade.
Step 2: Next, use the small, stiff brush and apply the darkest shadow on the inner corners of your eyes -- at your lashlines only. Continue sweeping that color across your eye, and blend it upward (towards your creases) as you reach the outer corners of your eyes. The outer corners are the only part of your eyes where the eyeshadow will go into the crease.
Step 3: Pick up the fluffy brush and blend the shadows you've just applied to soften them.
Step 4: Dip your fluffy brush into the lightest shadow shade and blend it from your creases to your browbones.
Step 5: Line your top lashes with the liquid liner and bottom lashes with the darkest shadow.
Step 6: Finish by curling your lashes and applying two to three coats of mascara.
If your eyes are small ...
Make your eyes appear appear larger by using medium and light shades only, says Schlip. "Just sweep a medium-toned shimmer shadow on the lids and a lighter shimmery color up into the browbone." For liner, "I like to extend the liner past the eye shape and smudge [it] into the shadow with a small stiff brush or a Q- tip," she says. "A flesh toned or white eyeliner can be used on the wetline [or inner rims] here to make eyes really look bigger and pop."
If your eyes are far apart ...
To make your eyes appear closer together, Schlip recommends keeping the darker shadows focused on the inner corners of your eyes. And avoid extending your liner beyond your outer corners.
If your eyes are close together ...
To make your eyes appear further apart, apply "white shimmery shadow" with a small brush to the inner corners of your eyes," says Schlip. Then, when applying your liquid liner, apply it in a very thin line at your inner corners and extend and thicken the line as you reach your outer corners "to draw [your] eyes outward," she says.
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