How to: Daytime Smoky Eye Tutorial

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When I saw Kate Hudson’s seriously smoky eyes on the cover of Allure Magazine circa 2006, my life, or at least my makeup routine, was forever changed. I immediately set about my business trying to create a school-appropriate version. Now, on days when I’m feeling like my usual gold-ish shadow is a little too blah, I revert to my high school ways…I’ve worn the same ‘daytime’ smoky-eye look ever since. Here are step-by-step instructions:

Start by applying concealer under each eye. Pat with your ring finger to blend.

Apply eyeliner to only the outer corners of each eye. I use brown eyeliner. I like to wing the liner out just a bit on the top. For evening, I generally line my entire top lashline, not just the outer corners.

Apply eyeshadow. I prefer a plum color, as I’ve found that gray is a bit too severe for day time with my fair skin. Blend upwards so that the eyeshadow is darkest near your lashline, and lightest near your brow.

Dampen a cotton swab/q-tip and load the swab with the same eyeshadow used above. Line the bottom of your eyes with the shadow, refilling the swab with shadow as needed. Here is where you get to use your creative abilities: apply as little/much shadow as you like, though I’ve found that one good swipe of shadow seems to do the trick for daytime. For evening, I use about 2x the shadow to line my eyes as I do during the day.  

Apply mascara. I apply one coat to the top lashes, then use the residual mascara on the brush to coat my lower lashes to keep my bottom lashes from looking too spidery. I repeat this once more. Then I add a third coat only to the top lashes on the outer corner of my eye- this helps to widen the eye.

Now do your best not to sneeze until the mascara dries..and voila!
Also, I would like to point out that, in this post, you can see that I finally took the plunge and tried out black nail polish…And I love it! Seriously, I may never wear another nail color, unless I’m going to a job interview or something.
Products used: Benefit Erase Paste Concealer in medium via Ulta, Covergirl eyeshadow in Forever Fig, Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara via Ulta, Covergirl Perfect Point Plus eyeliner in Espresso.
Top: The Limited, Earrings: Forever 21


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    Katy @ Sugar and Chiffon
    December 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you all! Rebecca, definitely try out plum, or even a chocolate-brown. Let me know how it works! Ebeth, I wear it almost every day. I just love it! Sophi, thanks for the follow. I’ll definitely check out your blog!

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    December 2, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    You look really pretty in these pictures. Excellent advice, you make it looks so simple. I’m following you. Please check out my blog at http://thechicmuse000.blogspot.com/

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    December 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I love it! It really opens up the eye, and I love how the purple makes it more daytimey. I seriously could wear this every day! It’s such a clean, professional look, but there’s still something a little bit sexy about it!


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    December 2, 2011 at 4:30 am

    I was just thinking my grey smoky eyes might be a bit much for the office. Never thought of plum. Gorgeous idea, I’m stealing it!

    Rebecca (hearts)…

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    Katy @ Sugar and Chiffon
    November 22, 2011 at 1:32 am

    You are much too kind! Ha, and I would love nothing more than to become legal counsel to a fashion company…I’ll remember the black nail polish resumé booster 🙂

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    Fashion Dynamite
    November 22, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Will you please come to my house and do that for me every morning? Because I have no makeup talent. Amazing, amazing smoky eye application. It really brings out the pretty color and shape of your eyes. LOVE!

    p.s. the black nail polish is a huge plus at a job interview in the fashion world (just in case you decide to become legal counsel for a fashion company, you’ll be a shoo-in!).

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