For those date nights when you’ve booked a sitter and go out on the town, the last thing you want to do is fuss with make-up. A great smokey eye can be easier said than done, but with this four-step, four-product tutorial you’ll be ready for a date night faster than you can say, “We’ll be home at 11 p.m.”
- Use a neutral, matte shadow over your lids between your lashline and your crease.
- Trace upper lash line starting at the innermost part of the eye with dark pencil (using Kohl eyeliner will make it easier to smudge with finger/brush to create an easy smoke effect).
- Go over the line with dark eyeshadow, using a blending brush out and over the lid.
- Dust highlighter just under your brow and on the inner corner of your eye, blending the shadows so they seemlessly cover the lid.
Trish McEvoy Deluxe Matte Eye Shadow, $22
This neutral, creamy pigment delivers added brightness over your shadow primer as a base, and can work as a highlighter under your brow bone.
NARS Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow, $45
This trio of eyeshadow includes a black shade perfect for dramatic eyes.
Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil, $20
Soft, creamy liner glides easily along the lid to achieve that perfect "smokey eye."
Estee Lauder Blending Shadow Brush 25, $27
Long, tapered brush blends and softens shadow for a seamless, polished look.
All products are available at Blue Mercury in Lake Forest, 680 North Bank Lane, 847-615-3000.
—Words by Meryl Fulinara