Grayson Coutts: Daytime Smokey Eyes
Smokey eyes are not just for evening; you can definitely rock a sultry eye during the day for a special event or even a lunch date. It all depends on color choice, how you balance out the eyes with your other features, and how you create intensity without looking overdone.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to makeup.”
This is your chance to branch out from old faithful: black. Depending on your eye color and skin tone, try a more muted tone to bring out your eyes and create a softer smoke. For example, if you have blue eyes and blonde hair, try warm browns and bronzes to add contrast to the cool tones; if you have brown eyes and dark hair, try blues; for pale skin and red hair try green or cool grey tones.
By softening the color of the eye makeup, you have already lessened the intensity. However, to really make it wearable for day we need to change up the look a bit more. Instead of going for block color, opt for more of a contoured eye – a light lid color with a darker color in the crease and along the lashline. I still like to line the waterlines and smudge it out as I feel it creates amazing definition but the choice is yours. Go easy on mascara to keep it fresh.
Something I hear all the time is: “If I do smokey eyes then I have to do nude lips”. This is generally preferable for a dramatic evening look, if the focus is solely on the eyes. However, now that we’ve toned it down for day wear, we need to add intensity back into the lips and cheeks to balance out the look. This will draw more attention to the overall makeup, rather than just “smokey eyes”. Still keep the lip and cheek colors soft but opt for a light pink (fair skin), peach (light skin) or berry (dark skin) depending on your skin tone.
For Carly, I lined the eyes in a dark brown and set it with chocolate brown eyeshdaow, which I then smudged into the lower lashline. I pressed a shimmery taupe shade over the lids up to the lashline and blended out. In the outer crease of the eye I used a coffee shade to create definition, which I blended into the taupe. Finally, I tightly lined the top lashline in black as she wanted a strip of false lashes applied. I paired this with soft rosy cheeks and a pink glossy lip.
Instead of going for block color, opt for more of a contoured eye – a light lid color with a darker color in the crease and along the lashline.”
Always remember: there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to makeup, but some things just look better than others. Experiment with different colors to find a combination you’re comfortable with.