Featuring Carbon Eye Shadow and Smolder Eye Kohl Pencil by M.A.C
A few years ago if someone asked me to do a make-up tutorial or post, I would most likely laugh and shout out a big ‘hell no.’ Actually let alone a few years ago, even now I would probably think I’m the last person to be doing a makeup post. Firstly, because I barely use/own any. And secondly, because my clumsiness takes over all the finesse and skills needed for the task.
But when I watched the M.A.C smokey eyes video, I was tempted to take up the challenge and give it a shot. It is secretly one of the makeup classics that I’ve always wanted to test out. Who would say no to some M.A.C goodies right! So here I am with my version of Mickey Contactor’s Bollywood Smokey Eye.
Being the makeup amateur that I am, I obviously didn’t get too creative with the look and followed the makeup guru’s tutorial word for word. Turns out, it’s not as hard as you imagine! Just gather up all the beauty products you have (borrow from mum, in my case!) and get started!
Step One: Apply a cream coloured base over the eyes. I picked a slightly shimmery shade for this one. After which it is advised to gently dab on some powder so as to keep the makeup uniform.
Step Two: This is the fun part. Apply a thin line of any liquid or gel eyeliner and smudge it lightly before it dries. I love this step mainly because it is easy to rectify all your uneven eyeliner mistakes while smudging. If the eyeliner fades out near the lashes while smudging, feel free to reapply a thin coat over the parts you want to darken.
Step Three: Smokey eyes with two shades works wonders (and also prevents you from looking too goth like). I applied a brown eye shadow over the entire lid. Mine was slightly dark brown so I mixed it with a light pink to give it a lighter feel.
Step Four: Here I took Carbon by M.A.C and applied it on the corners of my eyes, extending it slightly and creating a light wing. Make sure this is darkest on the outer corners and lightens up gradually. After which, a highlighter along the brows and some mascara helped to accentuate the look further.
Step Five: For the lower lid, I took the black eye pencil by M.A.C and applied a thin line along the water line. I love how a light brown eye shadow and some Carbon below the lashes complete the overall look.
For someone who is usually skeptical about elaborate makeup like smokey eyes, for the fear of looking too over the top or it being too bold, I love how perfectly this turned out. The two toned eye shadows give it a comparatively more delicate touch. It is such a highlight that nude lips and an otherwise au naturale face was all I needed to finish off the look.
So this season, experiment with a new look and give smokey eyes a shot. If I can do it, trust me, anyone can!
P.S. Watch Mickey Contractor's tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lorT72EWL1w