16 August 2014

The 30 Second Smokey Eye

I can't be the only one who manages to end up with a mess of eye shadow, smeared way higher than the 'acceptable' height of smokiness.  When I say "the acceptable height", I mean not looking like a queen of all the goths wannabe, or like I belong in fishnets and thigh high stiletto boots, on the corner of an extremely questionable street.  You catch my drift?

Let's all have a look at the barely touched black shade in my Naked 2 palette, which definitely represents my chronic fear of black eye shadow.  Kind of ironic seeing as my forte is thick black eyeliner.  Sorry Blackout, nothing personal.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette | Shades used: Snakebite - Base Colour | Blackout - Smokey Effect

Lucky for me (and all of you, who struggle with a smokey eye), I've discover a life-changing (yes, I said life-changing, that is how good it is!) technique, so even those of us who fail miserably at making our eyes look all mysterious and whatnot, now have an open door into the world of the smokey eye.

Start off by giving your eyelid a coat of your base shade.  I went with Snakebite which, when blended with Blackout, creates a beautiful silver toned shade.

Here's the fun (and slightly fiddly) part; using an angled eye shadow brush, draw a hash tag symbol (using a darker shade, it doesn't have to be black) onto the outer edge of your eyelid.  Make it as messy as you want, as you're going to be using your fluffiest brush to blend the hash tag in a circular motion, into the base shade.  It will naturally create the smokey shape - I don't know how, it's magic!

To finish off the smokey look, I brought the black down underneath my bottom lid, just in the outer corner.



  1. Really loved this post! Your hair and choker are also awesome! xx


  2. Gorgeous makeup and using a hash tag to create the smokey eye shape is pure genius!
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  3. I love your beauty tips so much! I just need to invest in some good brushes then nothing is gonna stop me from mastering the smokey eye haha.

    Cats in Crop Tops

  4. This is a really beautiful look, I love a smokey eye xx


  5. I'm a struggler when it comes to eyeshadow in general, so this helps me no end! :)

    Beth. x

    Sometimes The Stars

  6. GORGEOUS look and I love your hair too!! xx

  7. Your Naked 2 looks well loved! :) Beautiful look!


  8. I always avoid black eyeshadow on an everyday smokey eye but this looks really lovely. Good idea! x
    eleanor's adventures in wonderland

  9. SUCH a pretty look! I love how well loved your naked palette is - I love it too xx

    Gemma // missmakeupmagpie.com

  10. amazing tips!


  11. I love an effortless, grungy look! Definitely going to try this out next time :)


  12. This is a great method! I can still remember when I did my first smokey eye. I followed some instructions at the back of a palette, which meant I had to turn it around every couple of seconds to make sure I didn't mess it up. The outcome was a little uneven. One would think that after years of wearing make-up I could do a smokey eye. Well, I'm not the best.
    I really need to try out this method! Looks really good so far. :)
    Elina | Miss Blue Eyes

  13. Your smokey eye looks great! Xx


  14. This is brill!! Even after years of practice I struggle with the dark edge (eg. get it all over my face) but I'm defo going to try this out. I also like to put white/lighter eye shadow on the inner corner of the eye and under the brow bone as a highlighter. x


  15. I will be trying this out, your eyeshadow looks amazing considering it's done so fast! xxx

    Blog This With Hannah

  16. Wow, this is genuis! I fail miserably at eye makeup so I'm so excited to try this out! And how did you come up with the hashtag? It's so random! :)

    Every Day In Grace

  17. ohmygosh, so simple yet so simple - definitely giving this a try(:

  18. Such a gorgeous palette, i love the shades!
    xprincessjas | ♥

  19. Definitely going to have to give this a try, I usually get it all over my face but this looks so quick and easy! xx

    Kay | What Kay Does

  20. This is such a handy tip, thank you! Definitely going to have to give this one a go <3


  21. Great Tutorial! I love how simple it is, im not very makeup savy myself. lol. simple eyeliner 4 ever.

    xx Sera

  22. I really like your make-up. I'm bad at make-up please share more
    so i can learn from you a few things x thank you NICE BLOG

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  23. an even quicker way would be to use the Maybelline colour tattoo in on and on bronze! http://gracedoesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/


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