Today’s look is a Silver Smokey eye! I have been wanting to try a look using my Estēe Lauder Stay-on-Shadow Paint in Steel and eye shadow in Cyber Silver for a while and thought with Valentine’s Day around the corner why not try one now. I think this look is a great alternative to a Black Smokey eye and is also a little softer. Keep reading for more details on how to recreate this Silver Smokey Eye.
I started off moisturizing my skin with Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer to ensure that my foundation did not stick to any dry patches. I wanted this look to have a strong contour (not sure if it showed up in the pictures because of the flash) and so I started off with my Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Palette. Using the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate brush I drew on where I wanted the shadows to appear – An E and a 3 on the face (temples, cheek bones and jawline) and down the sides of the nose. From there I drew on where I wanted the light to hit using my Estee Lauder Stay in Place Concealer in light. This was down the middle of my nose, between by eyebrows, above my eyebrows, under my cheekbones, my chin, and 2 up side down triangles under each eye. If visualizing where to place the highlight and contours is difficult it can help to look at a face chart online showing you where each should be placed.
TF Palette // Brush
For foundation I decided to go with my Graftobian Foundation Palette in Neutral. I mixed a couple of shades together on a mirror and then buffed it into the skin using a Sigma F84 brush. Make sure to buff in either the contour or the highlight (with the foundation) first and separate so that you really keep that contour/highlight showing. I set this all with my Bobbi Brown Loose yellow powder.
Foundation Palette // Brush
Powder (old packaging) // Brush
For blush I used Illamasque’s Naked Rose since I wanted something light that would go with the lipstick I had picked out. This blush is very pigmented and so you only need a tiny bit. I then went over the creme contour with a little of the Chocolate Soleil from Too Faced.
Blush // Bronzer
Before moving on to the eyes I quickly filled in my brows using MAC Charcoal Brown eye shadow.
For the eyes I started with Urban Decay’s Primer Position to make sure that this look would last and not end up creasing. Using my finger I patted on some of the shadow paint in Steel. From there I pushed on some of the Cyber Silver eyeshadow to ensure that I got it as much pigment on my eyelids as possible. This stage does not have to be neat because you will clean it up later. To ensure there were no harsh lines I used a MAC 217 blending brush to blend out the shadow.
Cyber Silver // Shadow Paint
Brush 1 (top) // Brush 2 (middle – Blending Brush)
Brush 3 (bottom – great for using with gel liner and filling in brows)
To add some more depth to the look I took a MAC 219 Pencil brush and MAC Black Tied shadow and added this to the outer V of my eye (lash line and crease) and blended. This is also a good time to shape how you want the eye shadow to be – I waned mine to have more of a lifted tapered look (and not round) and so I used the pencil brush to help achieve that shape. Using that pencil brush I also took some of the Black Tied shadow under my lash line. To warm up the look a little I blended some MAC Wedge right above the crease in my eye. The last touch was to highlight the brow bone and for this I used some MAC Nylon shadow. When I got all the eye shadow how I wanted I took a Q-tip and just cleaned up the shape. Please not that if you want a more intense look you can keep adding Black Tied shadow until you get the desired look.
MAC Black Tied (center) // MAC Nylon (above)
The next step was to add the black gel eyeliner (using a MAC 266 brush) on the top lash lines and for this I used Lancome’s Black Fishnets. For the water line I went with MAC Pro Longwear eyeliner in Definedly Black. Finally, to finish off the eyes I curled my lashes, added some Lancôme Cils Booster, and toped them off with a few coats of Estēe Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Black. If you want a more intense look just add some fake lashes (individual or strip)!
For the lips I wanted a light nudish pink and so chose MAC Angel.
Lipstick // Eyeliner
The final step was to use some of the Illuminating crème from the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Palette on my cheekbones to add a nice glow! And the look is complete!
I really enjoyed creating this look and I like that it can be played up or down easily (adding more Black Tied and/or fake lashes).
What do you guys think?
Lots of Love,