Reverse Smokey Eye Tutorial
Happy Monday, luvvies! November is in full swing -- complete with much chillier weather down here in central Arkansas -- and I've been settling nicely into the brown, coppers, and shades of tan that make up my holiday wardrobe. And I love adding a little oomph to a knit-sweater-and-booties outfit by incorporating some smudgy, metallic eye makeup into my beauty routine. The following reverse smokey eye tutorial was inspired by this amazing article from Good Housekeeping; please read on for my take on this super simple -- and super GLAM -- eye shadow look. To begin, you'll want to prep your eyes with a primer. I used the High Definition Eye Shadow Base from NYX. Once you've applied your primer, cover your entire lid with a soft, matte shadow. Here I used Sheer Joy from brown to lash line (from my all-time favorite palette, the Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe collection from IT Cosmetics). Now to begin the actual smokey eye part of this look, use a black eye pencil to line the lower lash line. It doesn't matter if the line is perfect; we're going to smudge it out anyway. Use a small, thick-bristled makeup brush to gently smudge your black liner away from your eyes. Once your black liner is in place, it's time to add some shine. I love that metallic shadows and liners are popular again this fall. It's such an easy way to add an edge to an otherwise soft look. For this tutorial I'm using e.l.f.'s Smudge Pot Cream Shadow in Brownie Points. It's the perfect coppery shade. Using a small, fluffy brush, gently apply your cream blush along the lower lash line. I use a sort of stamping method to get the product exactly where I want it to be, then use my fingers to soften the edges created by the brush. I extended my copper cream brush out beyond the corners of my eyes to preserve a cat-eye shape. You could always add a small wing at the corner of each eye with your black eye pencil to really stretch the femininity out. Add some black mascara and you're ready to take on the holiday season! Because my eyes are small and squinty, I often avoid smokey eye trends that could end up making them look smaller. I think this reverse smokey eye look works because it's unexpected, a little bit edgy, but still quite pretty. You could always soften the look a bit by using a brown eyeliner (in place of my beloved black pencil) or a deep purple shadow in place of the shimmery brown. Enjoy this simple-yet-bold holiday makeup inspiration. And don't forget to share your favorite holiday looks with us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.