How to: Simple Summer Smoke

Hi! I’m Bailey, the blogger brains behind of I Know all the Words my little beauty blog. I have a major love of all things beauty, but have a particular penchant for nail polish. Along with polish swatches, you’ll find product reviews, the odd tip and tutorial and general beauty news. I like to think that there is something for everyone!

Everyone loves a smokey eye, but anyone who’s ever rocked the sultry look knows just how much work (and how many products) went into creating the look. Why not switch out the dark grays and all the heavy shadows for a fresh purple hue and a lighter- but none the less sultry- approach?

I know in the summer heat, I’m all about simplifying my beauty routine. From lighter foundations, to less product overall. A few products are all you need for this look, and while I’ve used purple- a universally flattering shade- feel free to experiment and switch in a different colour such as aquamarine, cobalt or teal. Of course, use what products you’ve got on hand or whatever favourites you prefer. Don’t worry if you don’t have the same products I’ve used.

Products used:

  1.  Sigma Small Angle Brush- E65
  2. Sigma Pencil Brush- E30
  3. Sigma Eye Shading Brush- E55
  4. mark. i-mark Custom Pick Eyeshadow in Minx
  5. Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
  6. Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Palette in Lust (bright purple shade only)
  7. Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner in Eggplant
  8. Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara in Black
  9. Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black

The Break Down:

1. Prime your entire lid up to the brow.

2. Using a small angled brush, apply the purple liner along the upper lash line. This should be a thicker line than you normally would wear. Don’t worry about it being perfect, we’re going to blend over it later. Apply a light line on the lower lash line as well, tapering towards the centre of the eye.

3. Using a eye shading brush, apply a shimmery nude shade (I’ve used mark. i-mark Custom Pick Eyeshadow in Minx) over the whole lid and up to the brow bone. Don’t worry about going over the eyeliner.

4. Using a pencil brush (or a small crease brush) apply the a bright purple shade over the eyeliner and smudge up into the nude shade. If you find you have too much of the purple shadow, pick up more of the nude shade and blend to create a soft flow from one shad to the other.

5. You’re pretty much done (I said it was simple!) but if you want a deeper look you can line your upper and lower waterline with black eye liner; and of course you’ll want to finish the look with a coat of black mascara.

So, there you have it: a fresh and simple take on a classic look. To really complete your look, pair your smoked eyes with fresh baby pink blush and a sweep of nude gloss.