Sometimes, darlings, we just have to mix things up and today, I’m sharing how you — yes, you! — can embrace a makeup trend that will put the “spark” into your sparkling 2019… how to do smokey eyes after 50.
Yes, you too can embrace a smokey, sultry eye without looking like you’ve played in your Granddaughter’s makeup. Here’s how in just four easy steps:
Steps to Accomplishing the Smokey Eye
Apply an eye primer, if you have one, or foundation and a coat of powder to the upper eyelids to “set” shadow and to serve as a base for smokey eyes. A primer will help keep shadow from creasing.
No7 Stay Perfect Eye Primer is perfect for sensitive skin and can be found for less than $9, here.
Apply a light brown or gray shadow to entire upper eye lid with a large eye shadow brush. Layer the same color on eyelid below crease to define your eyes, which adds depth.
This Urban Decay ‘Naked Smoky’ Palette has all the shades you need to create the perfect smokey eye after 50 and is even on deep discount, right here.
Use a dark brown pencil (see tips below) to line upper lash line. Use a brush to soften the line. On the lower lash line, dot the pencil in several spots and use the brush to soften the line.
Sometimes, despite all the fancy options on the market, it’s best to simply stick to the classics. This Herbal Eyeliner Pencil Dark Brown by Palladio can be yours for less than $3. Get yours here.
Finally, apply your favorite mascara — preferably black — generously. (My favorite brand is the one below… Chanel!)
You can purchase a tube for yourself, here.
Still need help? Head over to Lisa Eldridge and watch her tutorial on creating the perfect smokey eye look on mature or hooded eyes, here.
More Eye Liner Tips & Tricks
Tip 1: Always pull the skin taut with the one hand while applying eye liner with the other hand.
Tip 2: Put away the black liner and opt for a dark brown liner instead which can me more flattering and more forgiving of small mistakes.
Tip 3: Put eye makeup on before the rest of your makeup and use a Q-tip with eye makeup remover to clean up smudges. Once you’ve perfected your eyes, apply foundation, tint and or powder.
Tip 4: Liner should only be applied from the center of the lash line to the outer most corner of the lower lash line.
Tip 5: To enlarge eyes, apply a dot of brown or black liner at the outer corner of eyes and a dot of iridescent crayon liner in white, gold, or silver at the innermost corner of eyes.
Will You Be Trying This Trend?
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