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Get the Look: Greyscale Smokey Eyes

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With everyone gearing up for the start of the 2012 Summer season, I wanted to do something a little different for this week’s tutorial. Instead of a bright, bronzed look, this look focuses on a basic, grey smokey eye and a classic nude lip. Because, while brights are always fun, sometimes you need to mix it up a bit — and grey lids are always a great twist on the usual brown-and-nude neutral lid look.

Get The Lids

For this look, start the eyes by creating a base. Choose an eye primer for longer wear, and/or an eyeliner for more depth — I picked a kohl eyeliner and smudged it through the entire lid, focusing the colour just above the lashline and blending it out toward the brow. At this stage, you just want to “sketch out” where the colour will go; a slightly messy base will do just fine.

This look is largely just one colour, so grab a dark grey eyeshadow (any finish will work) and begin by applying it along the upper lashline. Using an all over eye brush, create a gradient with the colour, mimicking the ombré effect achieved first with your eyeliner. Then, with a clean blending brush, buff out the edges of your eyeshadow to create a soft, smokey shape.

Finally, add the finishing touches with a brow highlight (pick a matte or satin-matte shade), an inner corner highlight (try a shimmery shade if your grey eyeshadow was matte; a satin-matte shade if your grey was shimmery), and a quick coat of mascara.

For extra definition, add colour along the lower lashline, too — small amounts of eyeshadow, rather than eyeliner, to keep the look soft and smudgy. Instead of grey, I added a matte plum on the outer half of my lower lashline, then took my inner corner hilight (a satin-matte with pink reflects) along the inner half.

Get The Cheeks

To finish off this look, add contour (but not too much colour) to your cheeks, highlighting or luminizing on top of your cheekbones for extra oomph. Then, for the lips, try a nude or light pink — something light enough that it won’t create a second focal point for the makeup look, but no so light that it washes you out.

When adding your lip and cheek colour, try picking shades from the same colour family: a nude lipstick and a peachy blush, for instance, or a milky pink lipgloss and a soft pink blusher.

Featured In This Look

Eyes, base: Sephora Collection Smoky Kohl Eyeliner in Grey, Imju Fiberwig Extra Long Mascara in Black, MAC Eye Shadow in Blanc Type (Matte2).

Eyes, colour: FaceFront Cosmetics Pressed Eye Shadow in Greyscale and Fate by Chance, MAC Pigment in Fairylite (LE, try Naked as a dupe).

Lips: GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Darling.

Cheeks: MAC Powder Blush in Harmony (Matte).

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