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Attempting the Dreaded Smokey Eye

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I'm pretty basic when it comes to make up. Now, I know that people who don't wear much make up at all may say "whaaaattt you're crazy you use so many products!" And maybe I do compared to some people, but compared to others, I use very minimal. Part of this reason is because I'm always so darned scared to try new things with make up. I'd still consider myself a beginner, so I tend to stray away from big bold eyes or contouring/highlighting, all that jazz. Heck, I'm proud of myself when I wear bold lips or get liquid liner on without smearing it everywhere.

However! Half of the reason I started this blog is to give myself some motivation to think outside the box a little bit and feel more comfortable with make up.

The number one look that you see in all the magazines, on all the blogs, youtube videos, red carpets, etc..., is the infamous smokey eye. Infamous because it seems so scary! 

The other day I was getting ready and thought to myself "I've watched a million tutorials on a smokey eye, why don't I give a simple one a try?" 

So, palettes and brushes in hand, I attempted to create a look that was simple, yet "smokey" and didn't look like I got punched in the face.
And here is the result, voila!:



I must say, it didn't turn out as bad as I thought it would. It may not be as smokey and bold as someone of the likes of Tanya Burr's smokey eye (her make up skills are amazing), but I felt quite accomplished.

I've identified the shadows I used below, from both the Urban Decay Naked 2 and theBalm's Nude'Tude Pallettes. I layered the crease colours, adding the lightest first and moving to the darkest, blending out along the way. I also brought the matte brown from the Naked 2 down along my bottom lash line as well.

I smudged the black shadow along the upper lashline to create a "smoked effect", I also put a black kohl eyeliner on my upper waterline.


Overall, I think it was successful for my first try! I guess the key is practice, practice, practice!

Good luck to all you fellow make up newbies out there.

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