Monday, February 24, 2014

#Makeup Monday #Giveaway--Smokey Eyes

Please welcome Kelly, rockstar pediatric ER nurse and makeup artist extraordinaire. She's here to show us how to achieve those sexy, smokey eyes. BTW, I'm thinking of placing five orders myself just to see her hubby sporting this look :)

In addition to the fun contest Kelly is offering, I'm running a giveaway of my own: one lucky winner, drawn at random, will win a free copy of any of my ebooks.
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Easy peasy! Deadline to enter is: 11:59 pm EST on March 2nd

The Smokey Eye

If the saying “your eyes are the windows to your soul” is true, then I’d like to think that the having perfect smokey eye makeup is like using your sexiest fishnet stockings as curtains. Creating a smoky eye can add a ton of sophisticated drama to your look, but most women avoid it because it seems too difficult.

Many women (ahem, ME) learn how to do a smokey eye look through trial and error- and usually a little disaster. I always thought that the timeless smokey eye sophistication could only be achieved using greys and blacks. This assumption led me to sporting the not-so-sexy-raccoon-eye on many occasions. Add to that any sort of heat, exercise (walking in high heels counts as exercise!), or hands of small children all over your face begging you not to go out and enjoy yourself for an evening and you have yourself a smeary black mess. I’ll also admit that sometimes I listen to music while getting ready to go out, and lemme just warn you… dancing while applying mascara once left me looking like I’d been run over by a tractor tire.

Luckily, I’ve learned a few lessons on how to successfully achieve the smokey eye look and today I’m going to share them with you!

Don’t be fooled into thinking you can’t use colors other than grey or black. In fact, some of the most gorgeous and sultry looks are achieved with greens, blues, or purples! Whatever color you choose, know that a smokey eye is typically done with only one color family at a time, so pick a color you love!

Let’s get started, shall we? Wait a sec, before we start, here is a “before” picture of me, just so you know I’m an average chick who doesn’t jump out of bed looking amazing. Ugh. I hate “before” pictures.


Okay, NOW we can start! First of all, I can’t stress how important it is to use a good eye makeup primer. Wait—don’t tune me out yet, I never actually owned primer until recently and I’m realizing that it makes all the difference in the world! Maybe it’s because I’m forty-something and my eye makeup now settles in my ‘smile lines’ after being applied, but whatever, primer is my new friend. I’m currently using Younique’s “Glorious” All Natural Face & Eye Mineral Makeup Primer. It makes my skin feel all velvety and my makeup now goes on seamlessly, not like spackle!


Start by applying the lightest color over the entire lid and up to the brow. Use a touch of shimmer if you’re feeling daring. Here I am using Younique’s Moodstruck Mineral Pigment Powder in “Playful”.
Using a light touch, apply your medium shade over the middle of your eyelid and extending towards the crease. I like to add a touch of color to my inner corners, just for fun. Here I am using Younique’s “Heavenly”.


Next, use your darkest color and apply along the crease and outer corners of your lid. Use the same color to line your lower lashes in the outer corners. This color is Younique’s “Awestruck”.


Now—and this is the most important part—blend like crazy!! Make sure to blend away any harsh lines. (Also, if you are messy like me and have a ton of eye shadow flecks all over your cheekbones, now is the time to wipe them away… I love you, baby wipes!)
Ready for mascara? Of course you are! If you tuned in last week, you should already know that Younique’s 3D Lashes is the most amazing mascara I’ve ever used!!! It goes on like regular mascara but it looks like falsies! What WHAT?? I promise. Try it. Apply one or two (or three, if you dare) coats and… WOW!


Want to see the finished look? Here it is…


Ok all you gorgeous women out there… there it is… the easy, EASY smokey eye! Told ya

Check out these pigments, and many other Younique products at my website: . If you make a purchase and post a picture on this blog in the next month, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win another free pigment of your choice! In case you are wondering, all of the pigments are 100% natural, chemical-free, mineral-based pigment powders, free of talc, oils, preservatives, perfumes, synthetic dyes, and parabens. Nice, huh?

Oh, by the way, I saw a hysterical video on youtube of some dudes trying to create a “smokey eye” from a tutorial—OMG they were a mess! So I had an idea… If I can get 5 orders from this blog in the next week (by 11:59 pm on March 2nd) , I’m going to make a video of my husband doing it!!! He’s TOTALLY against this idea, but agreed to do it, so please HELP A SISTER OUT!!

Let me know what you’d like to see for next week!


1 comment:

Kelly Duckworth said...

Wow, you ladies are fantastic! Keep it up! There are gonna be some gorgeous women out there rockin' some looooonnnggg lashes and wearing awesome pigments! xoxo, Kelly