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“Smokey” Eyes- Step By Step

Happy New Year!

Here’s the first step-by-step GRWM (“get ready with me”) of the year! All shadows used are from the Ben Nye Pressed Colour Palette (912) and the Too Faced Cat Eyes small palette. The rest of the products will be listed at the end! 🙂

I started off, as always with clean skin. I applied a generous layer or Shiseido’s Ibuki moisturizer and let that sink in for about 20 minutes while I got my breakfast ready. When I was ready to move on I used the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Primer to prep my skin. This is me, bare faced and all, with NO retouching!

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Then I went and applied my foundation a little differently than I normally do. I usually use a foundation brush, dip it in to my foundation and buff it in to my skin. but today, I dotted the foundation all over my face and blended it in with my Sephora sponge (a great beauty blender dupe).


The coverage was not quite enough for my liking, so I went in with a little more foundation where I wanted a little more.


I then went in with my MAC Prep and Prime highlighter in Bright Forecast to correct my under eyes. I didn’t apply it too close or too heavily right under my eyes because that would cause more likelihood of creasing so i kept the coverage to where the dark circle meets the “normal” skin colour and used a small foundation brush (the Real Techniques one) to pat in and blend out the highlighter.


On to brows! I started by brushing my brows up and out with a simple brow brush (mine’s a Sonia Kashuk one). Then with my MAC 263 angled brush and a small amount of Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow in Blonde, I started to lightly fill in the front of my brow with hair like strokes. My brows aren’t even (no one’s are!) so doing these posts actually really helps me even them out because I’m constantly taking step by step pictures and it helps me see where I need to fill more “hairs” in or brush more product out.


Then I’ll go through the rest of my brow with Benefit’s Gimme Brow in light/medium. This stuff is AMAZING. It darkens my brows just enough and keeps them in place as well! The hold isn’t GREAT in comparison to some other products I’ve used/heard of, but I still love it! I also start to define the tail end of my brow with ABH Dipbrow in Taupe AND Ash Brown as the taupe on its own is a little too grey. PS  If you aren’t sure what colour you’d be in the DipBrow, don’t just guess! Get a tester from Sephora. Yes, they will give you a FREE sample of some to try! It’s a much smarter idea then spending the money on the whole pot which takes FOREVER to go through and then finding out it doesn’t match. And you know what happens when you use a product and return it to Sephora? It gets sent to “Cosmetic Heaven.” :'( So don’t just go out on a whim. It’s a waste of your time, money and just a bad bad bad idea all around!



I’ll also go in with my MAC paint pot in Soft Ochre to prime my eyes and also sculpt out the bottom of my brow to create a nice crisp clean edge. And voila! Brows are complete. 😉


As you can see, my foundation is starting to settle into my fine lines and crease up a bit. That’s because I didn’t set it yet and when I do my brows, I’m constantly moving my forehead up and down. SO, to fix this, I just go in with my damp sponge (sometimes I’ll even spritz it with a bit of MUFE Mist and Fix [haha how fitting]) and just pat over the creases. Eventually when I come back to my complexion, I’ll buff everything out a bit with my Real Techniques buffing brush and I’ll also set my T-Zone with my sponge and my Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder.


On to Eyes. At this point, I got distracted and was forgetting to take as many pictures, so I do apologize. I started off my applying a neutral, skin tone shadow all over from my lash line up to my brow bone. I used a matte white  just on the lid. Then, I took the grey from the Ben Nye palette and placed that into the crease with a blending brush.


The next part seems like a lot but it’s just a lot of adding and blending. I used a bit of scotch tape on the side of my eye so that the next, darker shadows would not create too much fall out but instead, when the tape is removed, create a really sharp line. I started to add more grey, blend it out, then some black, blend it out and focused the darker shades on the outer corner and have the black fade into the grey and into the white towards the center of the eye. I used a variety of brushes for this and that’s something that REALLY helps. You need a bunch of brushes and at least one clean blending brush at all times, otherwise the transition can start to look muddy. If in doubt, just go lightest to darkest. Darkest on the outer corner moving inwards to lighter colours. Do a bit, stop, take a look (or a picture even!) then go and add more.  I took the darker grey/black further in towards the eye just in the crease as to create a more dimensional eye but kept the “lid” portion, primarily clean and “white”.


When you are happy with the eye or you’ve blended so much your wrist hurts, remove the tape from the bottom upwards.


Presto! A crisp black line and I haven’t even done liner yet! But of course I did, so I went in with ABH Gel Liner in Jet with a MAC 263 brush and followed the line created by the tape to make a winged liner. When you use the scotch tape trick, it makes doing winged liner a breeze!


The next and last little “shadow” bit I did was a trick I picked up from @Ssssamanthaa on Instagram. I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Slate to lightly line my “eye bag” as she calls it and then blended that out using the Real Techniques accent brush and the grey shade from the Ben Nye palette.


After that, I just curled my lashes, applied mascara (Too Faced Better Than Sex) and falsies (HOL Iconic) and my eyes were done!

For the rest of my face…

I bronzed it up using Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer in Milk Chocolate

Blush was MAC Melba

and lips were Tarte Park Ave Princess Amazonian Butter Lipstick and MUFE Aqua Liner in 2C.


Here’s a picture of all the Products used and a list of those that weren’t mentioned.


Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and L’Oreal True Match Lumi mixed.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. Used as a bit of a base before the white shadow on the lid.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

Bite Maple Agave Lip Mask to moisturize my lips!

Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Clear. Needed a bit more hold.

L’Oreal Super Slim liner. Used this along my lash line but got tired of it and switched to the ABH gel liner.



I hope you guys are having an awesome start to 2016. Thanks for reading!