Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Smokey Eye for ages 35+

A question I often get from clients my age and older is, "Can I still wear a smokey eye?" Yes! I am in my late 30s, and here is my take on a more grown-up smokey eye (ages 35+).

Start with primer & foundation. I chose a dewy primer (Wet n Wild photofocus Face Primer) followed by Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation because I know these photograph beautifully. I applied both with a sponge, then buffed the foundation with a brush. 

For the eyes, start with a base of cream eyeshadow in brown instead of black. The key to this look is applying the darker colors closer to the lash line. I used a Bdellium Tools 777 to apply the cream shadow along the upper lash line and blended it out with a Bdellium Tools 776 brush.

For the eyeshadow I mixed a coral (Jeffree Star Cosmetics Thirsty Palette- Taste Buds) with a warm bronze and applied it just above natural crease. It really helps to keep your eyes open because as we age our eyes can become a bit more hooded.

Use a clean brush to blend. Next, I used a lighter color, Parched (ivory) on the inner corner of the eyes to brighten things up. Again, I used a clean brush to blend the shadow. 
Apply a dark chocolate brown (Drizzle) to the outer corner of the eye bringing it 1/3rd of the way in.

For the lower lash line, I took the mixture of coral & bronze I used earlier, and applied it with a pencil brush. Blend the colors up and out to meet the shadow on your upper lid.

Curl lashes & apply lots of mascara especially to lower lashes. I recommend 3-4 coats or a strip of falsies.

Keep brows minimal so they don't take away from the eye look. Just a touch of pencil or powder will work well. I used my Urban Decay Brow Pencil

When creating a darker eyeshadow look I apply concealer after eye makeup to clean up any fall out.
I love the concealer from Makeup Reolution because it's great for any age, and very easy to layer.

I like to keep my skin mostly dewy except for the T-zone, and setting concealer. I used Charlotte Tilbury pressed powder, applied with a large blending brush (Bdellium Tools 787 Brush).

Try a bronzer and blush with a touch of shimmer so you can skip highlighter. I love NYX in Pinched & the bronzer from Charlotte Tilbury bronze & glow. 

For my lips I opted for a demi-matte, plumping formula using Buxom's Plump Line Lip Liner in Confidential.

Here is the final look:

What do you think?  What is you favorite eyeshadow look?

All products in this post were purchased by me or gifted to me by family. This is not a sponsored post.

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