I can't be the only one who manages to end up with a mess of eye shadow, smeared way higher than the 'acceptable' height of smokiness. When I say "the acceptable height", I mean not looking like a queen of all the goths wannabe, or like I belong in fishnets and thigh high stiletto boots, on the corner of an extremely questionable street. You catch my drift?
Let's all have a look at the barely touched black shade in my Naked 2 palette, which definitely represents my chronic fear of black eye shadow. Kind of ironic seeing as my forte is thick black eyeliner. Sorry Blackout, nothing personal.
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette | Shades used: Snakebite - Base Colour | Blackout - Smokey Effect
Lucky for me (and all of you, who struggle with a smokey eye), I've discover a life-changing (yes, I said life-changing, that is how good it is!) technique, so even those of us who fail miserably at making our eyes look all mysterious and whatnot, now have an open door into the world of the smokey eye.
Start off by giving your eyelid a coat of your base shade. I went with Snakebite which, when blended with Blackout, creates a beautiful silver toned shade.
Here's the fun (and slightly fiddly) part; using an angled eye shadow brush, draw a hash tag symbol (using a darker shade, it doesn't have to be black) onto the outer edge of your eyelid. Make it as messy as you want, as you're going to be using your fluffiest brush to blend the hash tag in a circular motion, into the base shade. It will naturally create the smokey shape - I don't know how, it's magic!
To finish off the smokey look, I brought the black down underneath my bottom lid, just in the outer corner.