Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pro Prom Makeup Series: #1: The Smokey Eye

We all know that prom season is approaching us, and looking red carpet ready is a must. Not only must your dress be perfect, but you have to look flawless. I wish I was going to be in Michigan during prom season so I could do this for you, but I'll be in New York. So, for the next few weeks, I'll be showing you how to get looks that range with all different kinds of colors for all different kinds of dresses.

This week, is the glorious, famous smokey eye that is the most popular look for special occasions.

  1. You always want to start off with a flawless face. Be sure you have the right shade of foundation that suits your personal skin type. You also want to make sure you have a foundation primer so that your foundation won't slip off throughout the night. First, evenly apply your primer with your fingers onto your face. After that, get your foundation and apply it to your face. You can apply it with your fingers, a foundation brush, or a makeup sponge. I would recommend a sponge for a prom look so your face looks totally airbrushed and non-cakey. 
  2. Apply concealer if needed to cover your dark circles, blemishes, or scars. I have a DIY on concealer if you forgot to grab some if you click here.
  3. Apply a loose translucent powder on top of your foundation and concealer to set it. Be sure that it's a light application. If you use too much, you'll begin to look cakey.
  4. After that, apply a light bronzer to your cheek bones and temples to give you a glow. I then applied a light amount of pink blush directly on the apples of my cheeks for a soft, rosy blush effect.
  5. This part is optional, but it's necessary for me. I have very light eyebrows, so I have to darken them in with a brow pencil or eyeshadow. If you want a more dramatic effect, then I recommend darkening your brows. 
  6. Now, it's time to move onto the eyes. If you want your eye makeup to stay on all night long, you're going to need an eyeshadow primer. Take a small amount (about a pea size) and disburse onto both of your eyelids. Be sure to rub it in evenly, and don't forget the crease and brow bone.
  7. (For the eye shadow, I highly recommend buying a set of makeup brushes. Sponge applicators are okay, but it can be very, very difficult to blend and get the precision that you want for this look.) First, take a light, creamy eyeshadow and sweep onto your lids, crease, and brow bone. It's especially important to get it onto your brow bone because it will act as a highlight, helping to brighten your eyes.
  8. Next, take a medium brown and blend it into your crease and outer corner. Be sure to make it look soft and avoid harsh lines.
  9. Now, it's time for the black. Taking a blending brush, lightly dab it a couple of times into any kind of black - whether it's matte or shimmery, it's up to you. Start in the outer corner's crease and work your way up, blending lightly in a circular motion. Make it as intense or light as you want. 
  10. After you're done with that, take a large, fluffy brush and lightly sweep the black inwards for a gradient-like effect. Then go back to the corner and sweep it outwards to help soften it and fade out.
  11. Now, take a silver or white color and lightly place it into the inner corner of your eye to brighten your eyes up a little more. You can even put some on your brow bone if you'd like more highlight.
  12. If you have any fallout from your eyeshadow, then take a clean powder brush or fan brush and sweep it off. If it doesn't come off, lightly dab some foundation below your eyes to cover it up. Do not take a tissue and try to wipe it up! This can make your eyes turn red or can just drag your fallout, creating lines on your face!
  13. Next, eyeliner. You can use liquid, gel, or a pencil. I used a pencil for a softer look, and smudged it afterwards. Taking the pencil, get as close to your upper lash line as possible and line your eyes. After lining, take an angled eyeliner brush or flat eyeshadow brush and lightly smudge the liner to make it softer. If you want a cat eye, smudge the liner outwards for a soft cat eye.
  14. After that, I tight lined my eyes. This means instead of taking the pencil and lining the bottom of my eyes, you line the upper part of your eyes, on the inside of your lid. This sounds odd, but it really makes your lashes look fuller! I didn't line my lower lash line because after you tight line, it kind of lines them for you. If you want a darker, smokier look, go ahead and line them.
  15. Next, curl your lashes and apply your favorite mascara. I did not use false lashes for this look! I used a mascara with a big wand to help create a false lashes look. GO SLOW. Don't rush it, and let give your lashes about 15-30 seconds after application to dry. After your first coat, apply another coat, focusing on the tips of your lashes to extend them and make them look super long. If you wish, apply mascara on your lower lashes, but do that before you do your upper lashes to avoid smudging.
  16. Now, onto your lips. Yes, they do count. Since this look calls for dramatic eyes, don't go for loud lips. Go nude or natural. I lined my lips with a light pink liner, then filled them in. Once that was done, I used a nude lipstick. If you apply lipstick, I recommend dabbing it on so you don't have such a cakey application. Once you do that, blot your lips with a tissue to help stain your lips that color. Then, apply one small coat of your lipstick again. For a shine finish, apply a nude gloss.
What did you think of this look? Suitable for prom or for any special event! Here are the products I used to achieve this. You can get most of these items at Ulta, Sephora, or a drug store.

  • Too Faced Primed and Poreless Face Primer
  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
  • CoverGirl Professional Loose Powder
  • Too Faced The Bronzed and The Beautiful Bronzing Palette
  • Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Blush in Backstage
  • Revlon Brow Fantasy Brow Pencil/Gel
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer
  • Too Faced Smoky Eye Eye Shadow Collection
  • Too Faced Lava Gloss Eyeliner in Black
  • Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara
  • Max Factor Lip Liner in Rose
  • Revlon Lipstick in Soft Nude 070
  • Makeup Brushes from Coastal Scents & Too Faced
Let me know what you guys think. Good, bad? What would you like to see?

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