How to do a quick smokey eye
Start by applying a cream concealer or foundation that matches your skin tone over the tops of your eyelids and up to the brow bone. This helps to create a smooth canvas for your eye shadow to stick to, and ensures that your eye shadow doesn’t crease, it stays on all day and keeps the colours looking like you've just applied them.
Use a black pencil in the roots of the lashes, this allows product to stick to the lash line area, which will make it even smokier and darker effect. Use the eyeliner to trace along your upper lash line, don't try and be too precise with the line as you'll be smudging it for a softer look. Try the dot/dash method for tracing your lash line then do the same to your lower lashes and then smudge with a Smudger brush or your little finger. If you are feeling brave you can intensify your eyes by gently lining the upper and lower, inner waterline of your eyes.
Using a shade of your choice sweep powder shadow (brown and grey work best). In the photo I've used the Beyond Sunset eye shadow quad applying Stone on the moveable lid and Cocoa over the lid and into the crease (socket line), blending the colour up and outwards. Start with a small amount of shadow on your brush you can always add extra for depth of colour.
To lift and open the whole eye area use a highlighter such as Watercolour™ liquid blush Icing on the brow bone. This not only highlights the brow but intensifies the effect of the smokiness around the eye.
For the perfect mascara application is to first make sure your eyelashes are absolutely clean, product free, grease free and dry. Start with your lower lashes, work the brush along from the inner to the outer corner make sure you apply a little extra mascara to the outer edge of lashes as these will give the eye an instant lift and extend the eye outwards. Do the same for the upper lashes, repeat this stage 2 or 3 times more to achieve the effect you want.
Voila! There’s your quick smokey eye look.
Top tips: Lift and brighten the eye area by adding a light shimmer shade under the brow bone to open the eye area.
Apply black eyeliner across the lid and between the lashes as this intensifies the look and helps lock the eye shadow in place.
Less is more so build up the the dark colours slowly over the lid and lower lash line. If you want a softer smokey eye look stay away from black shadows as brown shades are more flattering.
To optimize your mascara application, take the wand and push the brush up to the lash root- applying a little pressure. The brush will automatically push the lashes up and outwards.
Remember to blend, blend, blend. Use your brush to blend your shadow and buff out hard lines.
Want to get the whole look, here's what Daniel used:
Watercolour™ liquid blush Flush