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How to: Get the Celebrity-Loved Smoky-Eyed Look

Tue, 29 January 2013 5:37PM

In beautyland, makeup trends come and go so fast they often end up looking like one big colourful blur. One minute it’s all about bright pink, a second later lips are suddenly orange and eyes awash in blue. It can be enough to make a girl give up trying to keep up, and reach for that tried-and-true makeup classic: the smoky eye.

And that, friends, is exactly what some celebrities have been doing of late.

Witness …

Marion Cotillard, at the SAGs this past weekend


Willa Holland (yes, Marissa’s little O.C sister!)


Teresa Palmer

Needless to say, it’s a makeup look that suits every face, on any occasion.

Sold? Then you’ve come to the right place, because below is a refresher in how to get this super-chic look ….

  • Start with a clean, moisturised face. Prep your lids with concealer or, if you have one, a lid primer.
  • Take a black or dark grey pencil and etch it along your upper lashline. Next, work on the lower lashline, dotting the pencil between your lash hairs, so as to create the look of more lashes, as opposed to a thick (and unflattering) line. Use a cotton bud or a smudger brush to soften out both lines.
  • Grab a dark grey – or even deep shade of blue – powder and, using a soft shadow brush, sweep colour over lid, working it through the crease and out into a soft winged effect. Two to try: Clinique Color Surge Stay Matte Eyeshadow in Slate, $33, department stores, and Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Navy, $44, selected department stores.
  • Next, dust a non-shimmery shade of buff over your browbone (make sure to use a different brush, so that you don’t deposit any dark pigment here).
  • Now it’s time for the shimmer. Grab a sparkly shade of champagne, gold or silver and ever-so-lightly whisk it over your smoky eye. You could also use your pinkie to press a little more into the inner corners, to add some lustre and lighten up the heaviness of the look a little.
  • To finish off your eyes, swipe on some black mascara: two coats up top, one below.
  • As for the rest of your face: wipe off any shadow fall-out; smooth on primer; use a foundation brush to flawlessly apply a medium-coverage cream foundation; swirl on a peachy blush; and, layer lips in a nude-hued lipstick.

Gorgeous work, Primpers!

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  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 09:06pm

    At first I didn’t like the smokey eye look but it has grown on me since, I am loving Teresa’s look, the smokey is there but it is subtle.

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 11:32pm

    I like the smoky eye, you can vamp it up or sweeten it down, so versatile.

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 11:35pm

    Love me some Willa Holland! <3

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Wed, 30 January 2013 01:11am

    Wow thanks so much for the tips and advice kat. Ill be applying concealer to my lids from now on.
    I love teresa palmers eyes in the above pic.

  • Posted by: aeko91 Master Fan // Wed, 30 January 2013 09:21am

    Loving Willa Holland’s look. She’s gorgeous <3

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Wed, 30 January 2013 09:57am

    I love this look :) I would probably use my audacious aspalt and a grey shadow to smoke it out !

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Wed, 30 January 2013 09:34pm

    Isnt Willa Holland the girl that plays Jenny’s evil model friend in Gossip Girl? And they all look good, gotta love a smokey eye!

  • Posted by: canberra Master Fan // Wed, 6 February 2013 01:48pm

    Ddin’t know about prepping your eyelid! What a good idea to use concealer – shall give it a go.

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Mon, 11 February 2013 02:05pm

    You can’t go past a classic smokey eye!

  • Posted by: Snezana-1319445104 Enthusiast // Fri, 15 March 2013 05:52pm

    Looks great on all of them

  • Posted by: Keesha Enthusiast // Mon, 8 April 2013 09:47pm

    I love experimenting with a smokey eye look, a dark brown smokey eye and a smokey purple are my two favourites!

  • Posted by: jo77 Master Fan // Tue, 16 April 2013 05:21pm

    I love Teresa’s subtle smoky eyes

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Tue, 16 April 2013 09:49pm

    beautiful! all three looked gorgeous

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Wed, 29 May 2013 12:55pm

    I’ll have to get myself a grey pencil!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 14 June 2013 08:17pm

    Willa is very pretty and has a friendly face. I like how she has shaped her brows, nicely groomed.

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Fri, 14 June 2013 09:07pm

    love it

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Fri, 21 June 2013 11:41pm

    wow i love all 3 looks! defintiely wearble for day time too!

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