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How to Master Smoky Eyes

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Smudgy, smoky eyes look super-hot -- try these professional tips from makeup guru Trish McEvoy to master this look.
Question: "How can I do a smoky eye without making a mess? When I do the look, I just wind up with smudged shadow."

Answer: Smoky lids look super-hot -- when they're done well. When they're not, the results range from raccoon eyes to "heroin chic" to why-has-she-been-crying-all-day? For foolproof flattery, use neutral, golden nude, or bronze tones, and leave black smoky shadow to the pros.

Pro Tip: Trish McEvoy, star makeup artist and creator of the eponymous cosmetics line, suggests this modern twist on a classic smoky eye:

  • Using a wide shadow brush, start at the base of your lashes and sweep on bronze shadow, shading up to the crease.
  • Then apply gold shimmer from the crease up the brow bone, creating a graduated color effect.
  • Working with two shades will make for easier blending, eliminating the chance for excess shadow to fall beneath eyes and smudge.
  • After your shadow's done, apply concealer for a smooth, clean finish.

Originally published in Fitness magazine, April 2006.


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Jessi wrote:

no you put the concealer on your face after your done with your eyes :)

12/29/2010 06:48:34 PM Report Abuse
kelsey_cox wrote:

Probably under your eyes

1/26/2010 10:26:18 AM Report Abuse
smooth_caramel_ wrote:

Cover your face with concealer, so your eyes will stand out

1/19/2010 07:12:45 PM Report Abuse
angie.smith5 wrote:

I was just thinking the same thing what type of concealer?? If you cover the eye with concealer won't it cover the eye shadow shade??

12/26/2009 06:53:59 PM Report Abuse
marsmr2 wrote:

Huh? Concealer? Where?

12/24/2009 04:34:06 PM Report Abuse

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