Colour? For summer? Groundbreaking (Did you catch that Devil Wears Prada reference?).
Sarcasm aside, I’m kind of over the light and bright coloured makeup trends that come along with the warm weather. I’ve been craving something different. The dark side is calling me (and when I say dark side I really mean the fall,) and I really want to go beyond rocking a black coloured lip. When I think of the fall, a sultry smoky eye comes to mind.
I know what you’re thinking: How do you wear a smoky eye in the summer without looking like a goth?
I sat down with Blair Patterson, director and global makeup artist at Estée Lauder, to get the 411 on how to rock a smoky eye in the summer time–the right way.
Here’s what I learned:
Step 1: Using a black Estée Lauder Double Wear eyeliner pencil, line the upper waterline and lash line. Don’t worry about it being too precise because the pencil liner will work as your primer and you’re going to smudge and blend it around.
Step 2: With the same eyeliner pencil, apply it to the back of your hand. With a small makeup brush, apply the smudged liner halfway up the eyelid and blend. The key to this step is to blend! You want to create a very soft smoky effect, versus the typical defined nighttime look.
Step 3: With a light-coloured eyeshadow (Patterson used the Defiant Nude Pure Color Envy Palette) and apply throughout the lid with a fluffy brush. This softens the look and makes it wearable for the daytime.
If you’re worried about any fallout, Patterson advises focusing on the eye look first and concealer second. “Concealer is just going to grab onto the shadow. I would apply concealer after cleaning up any fallout.”
Step 4: Then apply the Estée Lauder Sumptuous Knock Out Mascara. This mascara will fan out the lashes and create a defined lift.
Step 5: Nothing goes better with a soft smoky eye than a natural looking bold brow. Complete the look with Estée Lauder Brow Now, to create voluminous looking arches.
For a more effortless summertime look, Patterson recommends staying away from matte foundation. “Nothing is more uncomfortable than seeing matte skin in the middle of July,” says Patterson.
Stick with a sheer coverage foundation or BB cream (I love CoverGirl CG Smoothers BB Cream) for a natural shine and finish.