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Get the Look: Dramatic Smokey Eyes

In this tutorial, Anne shows how to get smokey eyes fit for a seductress!  Products were sent for review purposes, but opinions are all Anne’s own.

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Whether you want to mimic Sophia Loren’s smoldering lids for a cocktail party or you are planning on dressing up as Cleopatra for Halloween, dramatic smokey eyes are always in style.

I decided to cast my own smokey eye magic using products from the Laura Mercier Dark Spell collection for Fall 2013. Here’s how to get smokey eyes in just five steps.

Shadows and eyeliner from the Laura Mercier Dark Spell collection for fall 2013
Shadows and eyeliner from the Laura Mercier Dark Spell collection

What You’ll Need:

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5 Steps to Get Smokey Eyes:

1.   Draw a thick line all the way around your eyelids using a kohl eye liner. Rim both the inner and outer lids, and don’t worry about perfection, because you will smudge it all later.

2.   At the outer corner of your eyelid, draw a slanted line at a 45 degree angle extending up toward the outer corner of your eyebrow with the liner (be sure to stop about half inch away from the brow). Then extend the line to follow your eye crease, creating an inverted “v” shape.

Create an inverted “v” using the kohl eye liner

3.  Using a blending eyeshadow brush, with the silver/black shadow, follow the kohl eyeliner and smudge along the whole line so there are no harsh edges. Then, apply the white eyeshadow directly under the eyebrow and blend down into the inverted “v” shape.

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Blend, blend, blend, so there are no harsh edges!

4. Then mix the white and black shadow on your brush to create a light silver shade, and apply on the inner corner of your eyelid, working your way toward the outer corner until it blends in with the darker inverted “v” shape.

5.  Finish off by curling your lashes and applying a coat of mascara!

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Voila! Model-worthy smokey eyes.


Photos: Anne Houseman/beautyXposé
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Get Smoky Eyes with Almay

For some reason, I’ve never been able to master smoky eyes. I have a pretty steady hand but whenever I try to do it, neither of the eyes matches each other. However, I’ve found a pretty simple way to create a smoky eye with the help of Almay Intense i-Color Smoky–i Kit. If you have difficult creating a smoky eye look like I do, this is a great product to try.

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Almay Intense i-Color Smoky-i Kit

The kit comes in an adorable eye-shaped compact that allows for a simply three-step application process. Looking at the compact, you are able to tell which color goes where. The bottom shade in the kit is the darkest and so, you apply it from your lash line to your crease while blending it upwards. Then the middle part of the kit, which is the medium shade, goes right above the crease.  It has to be blended well in order to create a smoldering effect. Lastly, you apply the to lightest shade to your brow bone and the corners of your eyes.

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Finally mastered the smoky eye!
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Loving this look

No matter what your eye color is, this kit has a shade for you. You can find the perfect look for green eyes, hazel eyes, blue eyes and brown eyes. I use the brown eye kit and I love it. It’s not only simple to use, but it also goes on easily so you don’t need to apply a lot of it to get the right look. This is a definitely one of my “must” products and I’d suggest it for anyone who wants a smoky eye look.

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Blue eyes? These shades are perfect for you.
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For brown-eyed girls, check out this kit.
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Intensify your green eyes with these shades.
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Hazel eyes? This is the kit for you!

Have you mastered the smoky eye yet?

Photos: Almay

Kristin Gets a Makeover

Even beauty-obsessed ladies like us simply adore getting our makeup done by someone else.  So when we attended a “Summer Safari” event at Sleek MedSpa Boston, hosted by PrettyCity.com, we jumped at the chance for Kristin to get a mini-makeover.

We were fortunate to get glam by the talented professional makeup artist Natasha Ahmed, who has worked with celebrities and Fashion Week designers alike.  Natasha gave Kristin subtle, smoky eyes using various eggplant-hued MAC Cosmetics eyeshadows – a great look for both bar-hopping with friends or for meeting your boyfriend’s parents at dinner.

Check out how to get this versatile evening look, along with other helpful makeup tips in the video below!