The Summer Smoky Eye

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I really love wearing a smoky eye, especially in the colder months when I can pair it with a nice dark lip. However, in the summer I like to change the colors up a bit to keep it a bit lighter. I have created a soft reddish golden smoky eye and kept everything else very simple.

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How to get the look:

  • Start with a good eye primer if your eyelids get oily (both hands up). I like to use the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. It’s expensive but it’s the only one that works for me.
  •  I used the shade Buff from the Lorac PRO Palette 2 just to add a wash of flesh colored shadow all over the lid to allow for ease of blending.
  • Before I add any color to the eye I like to build up my crease shadow just a bit. I used a matte chocolate brown shade from my Paula’s Choice Nude Eyeshadow Palette. Any matte brown will work as long as you can blend it nicely 🙂
  • Now for color! I sprayed a flat eyeshadow brush with some water to get a more foiled look and applied Half Baked from my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette to the inner 2/3 of my lid making sure not to go too far above the crease.
  • I added the Nyx Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Heat (a shimmery rusty shade) into the outer corners and the crease.
  • Finally I added the dark chocolate brown (Busted) from the Naked 2 palette just to deepen the creese and the outer corners. I also added Bootycall to the inner tear duct and brow bone just to open the eyes a bit.
  • I added a slight wing with a brown eyeliner but that’s completely optional. You do you!
  • To finish off the look and elongate the eye even more, I used the Eylure Texture Number 117 (just the corner lashes) and then added a coat of Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (which I have been loving and raved about here.)

If you recreate this look make sure you tag me on Instagram! What’s your go to summer look?

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