For a beauty blogger, I’m surprisingly eyeshadow incompetent at all eye looks EXCEPT for a smoky eye. It sounds surprising, but a smoky eye is actually one of the easiest to master because it’s not meant to look too perfect or done–it needs a little smudging to have that sexy, slept-in look. Great for me, since that’s the way I like my look. The secret to my easy, smoky, grungy eye is a quality, washed out black shadow and a liquid eyeliner (that also grows your eyelashes–yes, for real.) Read on for my two favorite products:
1. Charlotte Ronson epitomizes that grungy, sleek look favored by models off duty. Sea salt sprayed hair and casual smoky eyes are her signature and her new collection from Sephora brings this look to the masses, with products named for her famous friends such as Dani Stahl, Nicole Richie, and Rashida Jones. My favorite of the eyeshadows is the Drea compact (named for brown eyed Drea de Matteo) with four basic but beautiful neutrals in nude, bronze, silver, and black. All of the colors are lovely, with the bronze especially great for on-camera highlighting, but the black is best because it’s already naturally smoked out and requires minimal blending. Using an eyeshadow brush or my fingers (if I’m lazy), I sweep this black up to my eyeshadow creases and then lightly blend past the edges. It doesn’t crease or migrate and the color stays dense throughout the night. It’s perfect for dark, mysterious nights out or when you just want to look nice for cleaning the living room (what? I can’t be the only one that does this.)
2. Rounding out my smoky eye look is this Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For liquid eyeliner which I like to use to make a slight, winged out tip. Using liquid eyeliner takes a little bit of practice, but this one works almost like a pencil in that it deposits pigment slowly and lightly, allowing you to continue to build color. This is great for someone who hasn’t quite mastered single-swipe liquid eyeliner since you can gently “fudge” over mistakes. Added bonus: the eyeliner is Infused with SymPeptide, which enhances the appearance of lash length and density. It takes up to six weeks, but I started noticing a slight difference in two weeks of daily use. It’s not Latisse style major effects, but you definitely start to see your lashes look thicker and longer in a natural way. Coat your newly longer lashes and finish your smoky look with two coats of the darkest black mascara (I currently favor CoverGirl LastBlast), curl them, and you’re ready for a night out. I credit this easy look for my “15 minutes in the bathroom” tops makeup application process.