Apr 3, 2015

Quick Smokey Eye Using Gel Eyeliner

How to do Quick Smoky Eye Using Gel Eyeliner - Easy Makeup Tutorial
Quick Smokey Eye Using Gel Eyeliner
Today's makeup look is one of the easiest and quickest smokey eye makeup looks I have ever tried.  If you are wondering why anyone would want to do a smokey eye in the middle of summer, it's because I just have to finish up my MAC Blacktrack Fluidline!  I don't know if I happened to get the one faulty product to slip through MAC quality control or something, but this just doesn't work on my eyelids.  It's dry and goes on flaky and ughhh.  Anyway, much as I want to just throw it away and go hug a L'Oreal eyeliner, I also feel bad about wasting $16.  Hence the bright idea of using eyeliner as a base for a smokey eye :D  Here's a quick how-to.

Start with a primer all over the lids - unless you are fairly confident that the gel eyeliner you are using is long-lasting/smudge-proof and will hold up without creasing.  I am fairly confident anything can and will crease on my eyelids, so I never skip the primer.  On to the rest of the eye makeup:

How to do Quick Smoky Eye Using Gel Eyeliner - Easy Makeup Tutorial
Easy Makeup How-To:  Quick Smoky Eye Using Gel Eyeliner
  • Using a fluffy blending brush, pat on black gel eyeliner all over the lid.  Use dabbing motions to apply the product over the lid but stop short of the crease.
  • Wipe off excess product from the brush on a clean tissue and use the same brush to blend the edges of the liner, extending it slightly outwards from the crease.
  • Using the same blending brush, apply a wash of shimmery light brown shadow all over the lid and blended along the crease (I have used MAC Soba).  I wanted to tone down the black so picked this color.  You can use any color - matte or shimmer.
  • Use a smudger brush, apply black eyeliner along the upper lashline.  Buff some color along the lower lashline using the same brush but with no extra product on it.
  • Using the same smudger brush, pick up some of the brown eyeshadow (that was applied all over lid) and soften the black liner along the upper lashline.
  • Apply black liner along waterline.  Curl lashes and apply mascara.
And that's the finished makeup look.

How to do Quick Smoky Eye Using Gel Eyeliner - Easy Makeup Tutorial
How to do Quick Smoky Eye Using Gel Eyeliner - Easy Makeup Tutorial
Products Used
1. MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
2. MAC Soba Eyeshadow
3. Blending brush - Hakuhodo J5523
4. Tom Ford eye contour brush
5. Maybelline gel eyeliner brush
6. Chanel lash curler
7. Maybelline Megaplush mascara
8. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (caramel)
9. Chanel ultrafine eyeliner brush
10. It Cosmetics dual-ended brush
11. Chanel Vitalumiere powder foundation
12. Suqqu Face/Powder brush
13. Dolce & Gabbana blush - Sole
14. Suqqu Cheek/Blush brush
15. Chanel Mystere Lipstick
16. Chanel retractable lip brush
17. Maybelline Lip Polish (Glam2)
Foundation - Dior Air Nude Serum foundation in Honey Beige (still trying out a sample)

Substitute the black base for any other color - use brown if you want a softer smokey eye - or use cream eyeshadows or pencil eyeliners too.  And of course, you can also try this makeup look with perfectly good eyeliners that you aren't desperate to use up :P