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Monday, February 14, 2011

Try a Smoky Eye for a Romantic Night Out on the Town

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words and Makeup by Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

Happy Valentine's Day all you Destination I Do'ers. In anticipation of romantic night-time plans or a fun night out with the ladies, we're bringing back a classic Makeup Monday post. If you're wanting to look extra fab this evening, consider a classic smoky eye!

All brides love a smoky eye on their wedding day. But as popular as this look is, it’s still one of the hardest makeup looks to pull off. A smoky eye doesn’t always have to be achieved with black eye shadow. You can create this look with dark brown, grey, blue, green and purple eye shadows. For a destination bride who has never worn a smoky look, this could be a disaster. Below you will find my tips for creating a smoky GLAMXURIOUS eye application that any first timer can achieve.


Choose a color of cream eye shadow. I like to use my fingers to apply the cream shadow by patting the color only on the eyelid. A flat stiff brush also works well.

Now select the same color in a powder using a stiff eye shadow and pat over the cream eye shadow. This technique will help the color to stay as well as give the eye shadow a bolder eye color.

With a crease brush I like to use a shimmer bronzer and blend only in the crease in a windshield wiper motion.

With my fingers, I like to pat a vanilla pigment on the brow bone to use as a highlighter.

Using a cream eyeliner in black, line the top and bottom of the eye using a slanted angle brush. Use a black kohl pencil in the bottom rim/waterline. Before the cream liner dries, go back and smudge. If you use a black eye shadow to smear it with, it really gives it a smoked-out look. Using a hard eye shadow brush apply the black eye shadow in the outer part of the eyes stopping at the crease.

The last step is to apply 3-4 coats of carbon black mascara and/or black eye lashes.

The smoky eye is a simple and fabulous look that doesn't have to be a nightmare for any bride on her wedding.

About: Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who currently resides in New York and part time in New Orleans. Brandy is also n L'OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist and a special guest makeup artist in Harlem at BiBi Salon NYC. You can see her at Sundance Film Festival, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, NBA All Stars Weekend, Essence Music Festival and more. You can also keep up with Brandy by reading her personal blog "Inside the Life of a Makeup Artist", her fashion blog "Black Tie Stiletto" or follow her glamxurious tweets on twitter.

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