Monday, April 27, 2015

Makeup Monday: Daytime Smokey Eye Tutorial

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Products used: 

Laura Geller Beauty Spackle Tinted Primer in "Champagne" (under foundation)
Laura Geller Beauty Baked Liquid Radiance Foundation in "Porcelain"
Smashbox Blush Rush in "Heartbreak"
NARS Illuminator in "413 BLKR" (on cheekbones, brow bones, cupid's bow)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Laura Geller Baked Eyeshadow Duo in "Pink Icing / Devil's Food Cake"
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Pencil in "Venus"
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in "Demolition"
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
OCC Lip Tar Matte in "Memento"

When I go for a smokey eye, I usually go all out with the drama. Without lush lashes to rely on, heavy liner is my crutch - but with a few remaining lashes left from my second foray into extensions, I felt it was time for a softer look. I call this a daytime smokey eye, because it's soft and has just as much light as shadows, keeping it from feeling too heavy. Best of all, I essentially used one eyeshadow duo and a couple of pencils, so you could easily recreate this while on the go (use the lighter pencil in place of a primer, in a pinch). Follow this step by step tutorial to learn how to achieve this look:

1. Prep your lids with primer. 
2. Using a damp brush (not soaking wet - blot it a bit), pick up "Pink Icing" and apply all over your lids. 
3. Using a damp brush, apply "Devil's Food Cake" over the outer part of the lid. 
4. Using a dry, fluffier brush, pick up a bit of "Pink Icing" and blend the outer edges of the shadow. Do the same with "Devil's Food Cake" and sweep it inward, to give a softer transition between the two shadows. 
5. Line the inner corners and lower half of your lash line with the "Venus" pencil. 
6. Line the outer lashline (top and bottom, wiggling between the lashes) with the "Demolition" pencil. 
7. Smudge the liner with a brush. 
8. Apply mascara. Done! 


  1. Beautiful look and helpful tips. It is such an art to get it just right!

    xo, Bry


  2. Looks beautiful! Great tutorial as always!

    xx Mira

  3. I really like this gentle take on a great trend, Keiko. x

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  4. Gorgeous! I need in person makeup lessons from you!;) This is the perfect smokey eye!

  5. always love your tutorial!

  6. So pretty and perfectly glam for work/daytime :) It definitely adds some more depth to your eyes (a defo help when feeling blah in the morning :) )

    xx, Mel

  7. Wow I'll try to do it,looks amazing

  8. Love the step by step guide, you made it so clear. Looks beautiful!

  9. I'm never really sure where to stop with the shadows when I venture for a smokier look. Thanks for this tutorial.

    1. I often have that same issue. Before I know it, they're smoked out to my brows. But I do love the drama!

  10. This is such a beautiful look! Praise the good Lord for eye shadow duos! Love it, girl!

  11. Wow this is perfect! Will have to try it one morning I wake up early enough before work!!

    xo Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  12. Love your pics--thanks for the tips. Looking forward to trying this.