Create a date night look that’s both sassy and smoky

Achieving a smoky-eyed look is probably the one challenge that most makeup lovers want to master. It’s easy to make mistakes, though. Starting with dark eye pencil or black eye shadow is the first no-no you need to avoid. Black tends to scatter, and fallout below the eyes is inevitable, so you need a plan before you pick up that brush.
If you remember outlining pictures before coloring them in when you were a kid, then this technique will make sense to you. To achieve the perfect shape, outline the eye first with black shadow, and then fill in. Use a small brush to soften the edges, and you’ll have a smoky eye with definition and depth.
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Materials
- Brightening makeup primer (BECCA First Light Priming Filter)
- Brow cream (not shown)
- Angled brow brush (not shown)
- Liquid foundation (Armani Beauty Luminous Silk)
- Foundation brush
- Concealer (Tarte Double Duty Shape Tape)
- Beauty sponge
- Translucent setting powder (Laura Mercier)
- Bronzer (Dragun Beauty Face Palette, Fem)
- Angled cheek brush
- Pinky coral blush (Dragun Beauty Face Palette, BB Girl)
- Eyelash curler
- Black mascara (MILK MAKEUP KUSH High Volume Mascara)
- Black eye shadow (L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR, Eternal Black)
- Angled brush
- Small eye shadow brush
- Black eyeliner pencil (Sephora Collection 12hr Colorful Contour Eyeliner, Black Lace)
- Pink beige lipstick (MAC, Blankety)
- Nude lip gloss (Bare Minerals Gen Nude Buttercream, Totally)
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Instructions
1. Apply primer to your face with your fingertips. Let the product sit for a minute to allow it to completely soak into your skin.
2. Outline your brows and fill in missing hairs with brow cream. Use an angled brow brush for precision.
3. Apply foundation to your skin with a foundation brush using downward strokes.
4. Restore brightness to your face by applying concealer with the applicator wand. Apply the product below your eyes, and press the product into your skin with a damp beauty sponge.
5. Set the concealer by pressing setting powder below your eyes with the damp sponge.
6. Swirl bronzer along your cheekbones with an angled cheek brush.
7. Restore color to your cheeks by patting pinky coral blush onto them with the angled cheek brush. Apply the product from the center of your cheek outward toward the hairline diagonally toward the top of your ear.
8. Apply two coats of mascara to your lashes. If you want to curl your eyelashes, do it before applying mascara to avoid breakage. This step is shown in the video later, but it is best done before applying mascara.
9. Dip the angled brush into the black eye shadow, and gently press it against the skin near the outer corner of your eye. Angle the brush diagonally, so it points upward toward the tail of the brow, and sweep the pigment along the entire crease.
10. Pat additional black eye shadow onto your lid to fill in the outlined area.
11. Use a small eye shadow brush to soften the edges of the pigment above the crease and darken the area under your lashes.
12. Fill in your lower waterline with black eyeliner pencil.
13. Apply pink beige lipstick to your lips.
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14. Top the lipstick with a coat of nude lip gloss.
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