DIY: The (Upgraded) Smokey Eye For NYE
We understand, the smokey eye has been done and redone for several years. But honestly, smokey eyes are a New Years Eve staple—an intense eye sets off the magic of your night. And best of all: they look better in a bold color, not black or brown. Here are few new smokey eye inspirations (we even included a step-by-step process at the end) to help you re-invent your look and bring in the New Year with style. -April Dawn Ricchuito
The Glitter Effect
Add a dash of glitter to your lid for a dazzling look. Go for a subtle hint of sparkle (middle picture) or throw on the glitz with a lid full of glitter.
Tip: Place a small amount of eyelash glue over your lid and use a flat, damp brush to pat on the glitter.
Try: MAC 3D Glitters, Makeup Forever Glitters, or Zink Cosmetics Glitter
Celebs Love Glitter
J. Lo and Nicki Minaj have both been spotted with glittery smokey lids.
Tip: Keep your lips nude like Jennifer’s to tone it down for a daytime or subtle look.
Let your eyes reflect the new emerald color for 2013.
Try: MAC Old Gold pigment, Aquadasiac shadow and So There Jade liner, or Sephora’s Flash liner in green.
Purple smokey eyes are on trend for winter, and they make your eyes pop if you’re a hazel, green, or brown eyed beauty.
Try: MAC’s Stars & Rockets for a purple hue and Carbon for black.
Getting the perfect smokey eye is easier than you think. But if you're still not convinced, follow these simple steps.
- Use an eyeshadow primer all over your lid to help the shadow stay on.
- Apply the lightest shadow in the inner corner of the eye.
- Use your preferred shade over the lid. Pat it on for more intense color.
- In the crease of your eye, deposit the darkest color using a fluffy brush. Blend back and forth using windshield wiper like motions.
- Use a light color (a highlight) and a fluffy brush under your brow bone and blend it down into the dark crease color
Add even more pizzazz to a smokey eye with double winged liner.