Wearing dark eyeshadow when you’re not a make-up whizz may sound like a recipe for disaster, but given the right guidance anybody can master this technique.
Take a look at this eight-step guide to creating the perfect smouldering, smokey eye:
1. Use a primer
To help keep your eyeshadow from smudging halfway through the night, use a primer specifically designed for eyeshadow.
2. Conceal dark circles
Dark circles will make you look more bruised than sultry, so make sure you conceal them with a creamy concealer. Use a translucent powder under the eye too, this will catch any loose particles of eyeshadow when you apply it so you can simply wipe away any excess with a tissue.
3. Curl your lashes
Using your favourite eyelash curler, give those lashes a big squeeze for around five seconds. This will open up the eye area and add a little drama.
4. Apply the dark shadow
Use a small brush to apply your dark eyeshadow of choice from your lashes to your crease, taking a little of the colour under the eye too. Remember, you don’t have to stick to black – navy, dark greens and purples are perfect for Christmas.
5. Smudge it out
Next, use a blending brush to softly smudge the edges of the eyeshadow, the key here is to avoid any harsh lines.
6. Line your lashes
Use a black eyeliner for added definition, applying it along the top and bottom lash lines. Ensure you use a long-lasting formula to avoid it smearing, and blend out with a cotton bud for a smudged look.
7. Add a pop of highlighter
A touch of highlighter under the arches of your eyebrows and in the inner corners of your eyes will add a little sparkle to this look, ideal for special occasions.
To complete your look simply apply a couple coats of mascara for definition and volume.
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