Hey everyone! Today's tutorial is my go-to makeup lately for those lazy days where I want to look put together but QUICKLY. I know smokey eyes can seem daunting for those who don't wear darker shadows but I've found that the method that I use actually produces a wearable daytime look.
With only one main eyeshadow, it's all about the shape of the shadow and how it's blended on the top line. Check out how I put this look together below!
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When eyes are closed, you should see an almond shape of shadow on the lid with softly blended edges. Because the color is deep but looks like eyeshadow (versus thick black liner) it's actually very flattering on those with monolids and hooded lids as well as girls with creases. Similar to my Makeup For Uneven Eyelids tutorial, it defines the eyes without the "black hole" effect many girls turn to!
A big key to this look is applying the finishing touches to the shadow shape once eyes are open. This way, you get the right amount of shadow that shows while eyes are both open and closed. The finished look should softly rim the eyes evenly.
On my rushed days, I can literally do this look from start to finish in about 10 minutes which I'd say is quite a success for a "smokey eye". It also tends to last several hours with no need for touch-ups. This is one of the reasons why I love it so much!
Since the shadow shape of this look needs to be adaptive to your own eye shape, it will take some practice to see what shape will look best on you. As I always say, practice on an off day until it looks right. It's always easier on the second and third try! Don't be afraid to try this look in various colors as well like navy blue, eggplant, or hunter green. As long as the color is dark, it should work well. :)
Do you have any tips for smokey eye newbies? What is your most dependable "1 color" shadow? Let me know in the comments!