Wednesday, October 24, 2012

DIY Cream Eye Shadow Base For Smokey Eyes

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 When it comes to eye makeup, there's nothing more annoying than the pesky shadow crease that rears it's ugly face at the end of the day. Here's a little tip for creating a long wearing cream shadow base for smokey eyes, courtesy makeup artist Tom Pecheux, that we've found helps combats this unsightly issue. First, start by scribbling a one inch wide square of black or brown eyeliner onto the top of your hand. In the photo above, I used Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Onyx, which is under $6 at Drugstore.comNext, mix in a bit of concealer with the eyeliner with your middle finger. 

I used Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer, $29.50, a staple on Sport's Illustrated Swimsuit shoots, as I praised in a post this past summer (click here to read it). Blend completely so that the color is even, creating a nice cream shadow base. If the shade of eye liner you use is black, your color will have a grayish look as mine does in the above photo. Then, use your finger to pat the mixture onto your eyelids, as you would a cream shadow. Finally, apply your powder eye shadow as normal. I used a pretty gunmetal shade with a deep chocolate brown in the crease. The cream base I created really does intensify the look of the smoky eye, which I really like. If you prefer to opt for a lighter eye shadow, just use a lighter brown or gray eyeliner. Easy enough, huh?

 xo, Mary and Lindsey
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