A Beauty Chat: Bare & Bold #2 Smokey Eye


So it's day 2 and it's a classic smokey eye, possibly one of the most difficult eye looks to get perfect, but with lots of practise and blending (mostly blending) you'll be a pro in no time. Check out my Instagram to see how the makeup looks on.


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Benefit Porefessional // Garnier Miracle Skin Cream // Bare Minerals Original Foundation // Maybelline Instant Age Rewind // Rimmel Master Perfection Concealer // MAC Studio Finish Concealer // The Body Shop Honey Bronzer // No 7 Highlighter // Bourjois Cream Blush in 03 // Soap & Glory Brow Archery // Maybelline Brow Drama // Soap & Glory The Missing Pink Lipstick // L'Oreal Molto Mauve //

So let's kick this smokey eye look off first by making sure we have a light and fresh base, so as always using my Benefit Porefessional primer to prep my skin and then I'm skipping my second primer and going straight in with the Garnier Miracle Skin Cream this stuff is amazing. It comes out of the tube white, but once you rub it together and apply it to your skin it goes a flesh tone colour, and gives a really light and uber moisturising glowy finish to the skin, plus it smells amaze balls. Once that's on, I then go in with my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightening Concealer on my dark circles and to brighten and highlight it's as always the Rimmel Master Perfection Concealer. Covering any blemishes using the MAC Studio Finish Concealer I then go in with the Bare Minerals Original Foundation, no it's not because it has the word bare in the name but because this gives a light coverage again but although it's a mineral powder foundation it leaves a nice finish to the skin. 
Complexion done it's time to add some colour into those cheeks and I first start out by using The Body Shop Highlighter on my cheekbones and then use the The Body Shop Honey Bronzer and then go in with the Bourjois Cream Blush in 03 just the same as in look #1. 

Now that the base is done it's time to move on to those brows, and as before, it's the Soap & Glory Brow Archery and the Maybelline Brow Drama combo that I have been obsessed with recently. 

Finally to finish off the bare part of this look, it's time for the lips and I start by adding some of the Soap & Glory Lipstick in The Missing Pink over the lips and then go over that with the L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire in Molto Mauve which gives a nice shine and keeps the lips moisturised.


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Maxfactor Wild Shadow Stick in 05
Urban Decay Naked 1 & 2 Palettes )

The eyes can be done before or after the base makeup as we are going to be using Eyeshadows but I don't normally have too much issue with fall out but that's just down to personal preference. So I start by applying a base and for this I've gone with the Maxfactor Wild Shadow Stick in 05 as it keeps the lids nice and smooth and helps to keep shadows in place and crease-free for longer. So then I grab the Urban Decay Naked 1 & 2 Palettes to add the extra smokiness to the look. So using Tease, I apply this into the crease just to make sure everything is blended together and then I use Smog on the outer half of the lid to deepen the look up. I then go in with Hustle on a small brush and use this to line my top and bottom lash line with, just to add some smokiness and balance it all out. Then using a clean blending brush I go in and make sure all of those shadows are nice and blended. I then go in with Hustle again and keep applying this to the outer third of the lid until it is as dark as I want it. You can also use Creep, Busted or Blackout to darken the look even further but I just used a teeny tiny bit of Busted right on the outer corner and slightly under the lower lash line. It's down to personal preference whether you add any liner but I decided just to line my top waterline with a black kohl eyeliner. Then just add a few (hundred) coats of mascara and that's eyes done. Although you may want to add a tiny bit of highlight in the inner corner and Virgin and Foxy are great highlights.

What's your favourite shades to use for a smokey eye?

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