Makeup Tutorial | Purple Smokey Eye

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As an aspiring makeup artist I am always trying out different makeup looks, some never make it to any social accounts because they didn’t go as planned, but the rest I seem to be somewhat proud of. My most recent experiment was with purples. Warm hues and cranberry tones are one of my favourites to work with. For this look I made the eyes very dramatic and kept the lips nude. A classic smoky eye and nude lips, with a twist of colour. My main inspiration for this look was from a makeup tutorial by Jaclyn Hill. She did a purple smoky eye and the shades she used truly inspired me to create my own version.

I started off with the eyes; I used sticky tape on the corners of my eyes to help me create a sharp wing. I then prepped the eyes with Mac paint pot in painterly, this helps to prime the lids, neutralise the colour, and helps the colour pay off from the shadows. I then took a small amount of translucent powder to set the base.

– Apply the sticky tape to the back of your hand first

to take off most of the sticky part to make it tacky.

To start the eye shadow, I used Makeup Geek Frappe as my transition shade; I used the c200 deluxe crease Crown Brush to apply this into my crease. Once this was all blended I then went in with the same brush and Mac Cranberry, I kept this shade quite low because it has a slight shimmer to it. I applied this shape on top of Frappe, leaving a small amount of Frappe at the top. To blend it all out I took a Mac 217 blending brush and a small amount of Frappe to help blend the two shades together.

To add warmth and to blend all the shades together I took a bright orange shade from the Morphe 35O palette and the crown brush. To deepen the crease and outer corner I used a matte neutral brown shade from the Morphe 35N palette and Makeup Geek Bitten. I used these in the outer corner to help create the winged shape and to add depth to the shadows. Repeat this process until you’re happy with the intensity of the shadows. Don’t be scared to take the shades right up to the edge of the sticky tape because once the sticky tape has been taken away it will leave a sharp clean edge.-Be as messy as you like.

Once your happy with the transition shades, take a matte deep purple shade, I used the Morphe 35N palette for this and a flat eye shadow brush. Pack the purple shade onto the eyelid, right up to the crease. Keep going back in with the brush you applied the transition shades to help blend in the purple. Go back in with the purple shade; build up the intensity in layers. To bring all the shades together I used a bit of my Mac Pro Empathise powder under the brow bone.

– Keep going back in with a clean blending brush to blend

the shades together (I used a sigma E40 for this).Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 23.23.12

I created a small line of eyeliner along the lash line; to do this I used Topshop’s gel liner in Ink. I took this really close to the lash line and stopped at the end of the lash line, without winging it out. However this look would look really nice with a winged line. Once the liner has been applied you can carefully remove the sticky tape. I clean up the edges I like to take a clean angled liner brush and dip it into eye makeup remover, I then use this to go along the edges to clean up any fall out.

I obviously wore a pair of false eyelashes for this look; I used the Millie Macintosh Portobello lashes, which are my favourite. They add length to the edges and volume to the centre and inner corner.

I did my brows before my foundation because I always get excess product in my brows and this prevents the longevity of the products. For my brows I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown, I used this to shape and define my brows, I applied most of the product to the ends of my brows and kept the fronts really light.

For my base I started off with using my Chanel le base de Chanel primer, this is amazing at adding a dewy glow and it’s also a bit tacky which is ideal at keeping foundation on. For this look I wanted to create a flawless base. My favourite at the moment is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk; I have the shade 4. I used a beauty blender to stipple this into my skin.

To cancel out any dark circles I used the Urban Decay Naked concealer in the shade light warm, this has amazing coverage and feels really lightweight. I chose to ‘bake’ my concealer for this look because I wanted a really perfected base. For this I used the Laura Mercier Translucent powder and applied it with my beauty blender under the eyes.

Before going in with powders, I used the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl to highlight my cheekbones, brow bone, nose and cupids bow.

IMG_6044To start the contour I went into my Kat Von D shade and light palette (you can tell this is well loved) and took the lightest contour shade with my Morphe M510 brush. I applied this under my cheekbones in a diagonal line, stopping just before the centre of my cheeks; I also applied this shade down the sides of my nose. To blend this out I used a Space NK cheek contour brush and blended upwards.

To bronze up my skin I used Nars Laguna bronzer, over my contour, temples and down my neck, To set everything in place I used Mac Fix + and Urban Decay All nighter spray. To complete the eye look, I used a mixture of Makeup Geek Chickadee and Crème Brûlée and applied this along the lower lash line to smoke it out. Finally for the eyes I used Mac Nylon eye shadow in the inner corner’s to highlight.

For the nude lips I used Mac Subculture Lip liner all around the edges of the lips and Mac’s Honey Love matte lipstick on top.

If you recreate this look I would love to see, so tag me on insta @whatlucyloves and on twitter @whatlucylovesxo


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