How-to Tuesday: The Warm Smokey Eye

Smokey eyes are almost always “in.” Like a little black dress, there’s something undeniably sexy about the look that never goes out of style. This Fall, the classic smokey eye is taking on a warmer palette, incorporating peaches and coppers into the look.  The wonderful part about this trend is that the colors will compliment any skin tone, with some adjustments for preference. And though smokey eyes can be a little intimidating for makeup beginners, these warmer, more toned down colors make the look more approachable and mistake-proof. Here’s how to get the look with product recommendations both high end, and more affordable options.

The first thing you want to do, as with any look, is prime your eyes using your favorite eyelid primer. Try Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($20), or Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus Eye Primer  ($4.99).

Now for the fun part, the eyeshadow! For this makeup look, you’ll need to use a neutrals to warms palette such as Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette ($45) or Morphe’s 35o Palette ($22.99).

  1. Start by setting the eyeshadow primer by taking a neutral shade on a fluffy blending brush and buffing it all over the lid from lashline to brow bone. This will allow the shadows you apply to blend effortlessly instead of sticking directly where you pat them on, which is essential for a smokey eye.
  2. Next take a peachy color on a fluffy blending brush, be sure to tap off the excess and use light-handed window-wiper motions to work the color into your crease and a little above your crease.
  3. Take a darker, more orange peach shade and lightly work it into your crease, this time focusing on the area closer to the lid.
  4. Still using a blending brush, take a slightly darker, burnt orange shade and blend it into the outer corner of the eyelid, buffing out the edges so there are no harsh lines. Use the same color for the inner corner, giving your eye more dimension.
  5. Take the same color you used for your outer corner and using a pencil brush smudge it underneath your lower lash line.
  6. Take a shimmery copper shade on a packing brush and start dabbing the shadow on the center of the lid. If you’re going for a really bold look, wet your brush with a spray like Mac Fix+ ($23) before dipping it into the eyeshadow for a foiled, extra metallic look.
  7. Use your favorite eyeliner like  Nyx Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Liner ($12) to both tightline and line your waterline.
  8. If you want to keep the look soft, you can skip the top liner for a more subtle look. If you’re going for the drama, use a liquid or gel liner such as Stila Liquid Eye Liner ($20) or L’oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner ($20) to line your top lashes. You can either create a simple line or a dramatic cat-eye.
  9. Lastly, apply as many coats of mascara as needed. Two reliable options are Benefit’s They’re Real ($24) or Covergirl’s Super Sizer ($6.99). You can even add your favorite pair of falsies.

Catalina Gonella is a contributing writer. Email her at violetvision@nyunews,com.

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