Reinvent sexy, bold eye makeup for your New Year’s bash or a wintertime party by adding an eyeshadow with sparkle or high shimmer. Master makeup artist Francesca Roman recommends using “it” colors of the current season such as burgundy, browns, and bronzed tones. “Warm tones are a fun alternative to the traditional black or charcoal gray smoky eye.” For more ways to step up your smoky eyes, follow Francesca’s steps below…
#01- Start with defined and groomed brows and apply a shimmery shade of Cream Eye Shadow. Smooth on using one to two fingertips first. It’s a much easier way to blend and achieve the perfect smokey eyed application. You have more control, and without the use of multiple brushes, there’s no mess or fuss!
02- Use your brush tool next. Just one is all you need! When using a brush with cream shadow, choose a short bristle brush for bolder strokes and for contrast and definition. Do not use a long fluffy brush. Apply to upper lash line and also along lower lids.
#03- Continuing the smoky eye effect… Use a kohl liner on the inside of your eye’s water line and underneath. Use the same small bristle brush to blend. Blending is the key to your best smoky eyes!
#04- Apply mascara to top and bottom lids before applying false eye lashes.
#05- Though optional, a lush pair of lashes are a great way to maximize your party-ready eye makeup. Adding false eye lashes will add a more dramatic va-va-voom to help dress up your look.
TIP: Use tweezers to move your lashes easily and place them with precision. Then use fingers for adjustments and apply a light pressure to set.
#06- Always add concealer under eyes last. This finishing touch will brighten and deliver those neat, professional results. Your eye area will look and feel fresh and illuminated!
TIP: Remember… It is very important to clean up as you go along. Just because it’s a “smoky” eye, doesn’t mean it should be runny or messy!
Bring your sparkly eye look forward with face-framed bangs or sweep hair back into a simple ‘do to keep the overall look clean and focused on the eye area. Keep cheeks more natural and as for lips, the green light is on to make a statement with brighter lipstick. Just make sure the color choice compliments the hues of your eye shadow. When in doubt, a light pink or nude is a soft and pretty pair for sultry, shimmery colored lids!