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Breaking Down Beauty: Dark Green Smoky Eye Tutorial

By Sheila Arkee

Smoky eyes. Don’t be scared. Really. Don’t!

Getting from here …

… to here is easier than you’d think.

Step 1: After priming your entire lid with a basic eyeshadow primer, cover your lid with a dark cream base to enhance the shadow that will be placed there. You can use a brush for this step, but I usually use the pad of my ring finger to pat on the cream shadow.

Step 2: Using a small, flat shader brush, pat a dark shadow on your lid, going just up above your natural crease. This application does not have to be precise, because you will blend out the edges as you go along.

Step 3: Using a fluffy blending brush, add a medium brown to the crease and blend the edges like you’re going outta business.

Step 4:Use a small fluffy brush to add a highlight color to your browbone and inner tear duct.

Step 5: Add a liquid liner to your top lid, a fun liner to your lower lid (optional, but  it is a fun touch), mascara, brows, and you’re done!

The keys to this look are:

a) pat the smoky shade on to your lid – no blending, please!

b) Blend the a lighter shade into your crease to help meld the edges and make the look come together.

And there you have it!

  • http://beautyjones.blogspot.com/ Margaret “BeautyJones” McGlynn

    I love this tutorial! So helpful, and great to get from, you, the absolute Mistress of Fabulous Eye Looks!

    Thanks, Sheila!

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    Margaret, I will take that title and wear it proudly!!!! :):):):)

  • http://www.bakingbeauty.net Krystle

    I have a handful of green shadows, but I never really touch them. Thanks for the great idea on how to use them!

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    Thanks, Krystal!