This foolproof bronzy smoky-eye suits the ambiance of everywhere from a candlelit restaurant, to a downtown dive bar. The key to achieving this look is to make your eye makeup the focal point of your face, so you should keep the rest of your face neutral.
For this look, I’ll be using Urban Decay’s NAKED Palette, available at Sephora or at a number of retailers online. The colors are versatile enough to be worn on any skin tone, and they suit every occasion!
Step One: Prime
Prime your face and eyes with a liquid primer. I like Make-Up For Ever’s HD Perfecting Primer and Hourglass’ No. 28 Primer Serum.
Step Two: Luminous Foundation
Apply an illuminating liquid foundation all over your face using a foundation brush or your fingers. For added staying power, mix some primer in with your foundation before you apply it. Conceal any imperfections with a creamy concealer before moving onto the next step.
Apply powder to your T-Zone if you are prone to shine, but otherwise skip it. The goal of this look is to look dewy and glow-y, so a little shine is okay!
Step Three: Blush
Swipe a peachy-pink blush along your cheekbones using a blush brush. A shade that is universal for every skin tone and that has never let me down is NARS’ Orgasm. It looks as sexy as it sounds!
Step Four: Highlight
Highlight your brow bone, your cupid’s bow, the bridge of your nose and the tops of your cheekbones using a powder or liquid highlighter. I don’t think the consistency matters in this case – it’s all about personal preference.
For a powder, I like Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder. For a liquid, I’ve stayed true to Benefit’s High Beam since high school.
Step Five: Get Shady
Take your NAKED palette and apply the shade “Naked” all over your lid using a fluffy brush.
Step Six: Highlight Again
Highlight your brow bone using the shade “Virgin” (if you have lighter skin) or “Sin” (if your skin is darker).
Blend the shade “Half Baked” (a bright, sparkly gold) or “Smog” (a more muted, albeit still sparkly bronze) into your crease using a blending brush.
Step Seven: Darken the Corners
Apply the shade “Darkhorse” to the corners of your eyelids using a blending brush.
Step Eight: Line Those Peepers
Line your upper and lower lash line using the shade “Creep” with an angled eyeliner brush. Blend using a Q-Tip for a smudgy, smoky effect. Finish with your favorite volumizing mascara.
Step Nine: Get Glossy
Top off the look with a nude or peachy-pink lipstick or lip-gloss. When I’m creating a neutral look, I like to match my lipstick to my blush. NARS’ Orgasm Lip Gloss is just as stunning as their blush.
Girl, you look great! Now what are you going to wear? Tried shopping through your closet?