ELLE's beauty tip: The lazy girl's smoky eye

Switch up your smoky eye with the Sarah Moon for NARS Holiday 2016 Collection

By Grace Wong | Published: 13 Dec 2016

Easy smoky eye
Photo: ELLE Malaysia

"I don't think I can pull off a smoky eye," senior fashion writer Florence said to me last week, eyeing (pun unintended but here we are) the dark smoke rings of purple on my face. Her concern? That it would look too harsh on. Thing is, Florence would knock a smoky eye dead. And you would, too.

Like pasta, brass instruments and well-fitted jeans, the right smoky eye is all about shape. This is why we're throwing it way back today with a Clara Bow-influenced, early-20's circular eye look. We won't lie – it's a little out there. But if you've ever found smoky eyes too severe, this softly rounded take is a potential winner.

Mini Velvet Shadow Stick in Real Surreal
Mini Velvet Shadow Stick in Nunavut
Mini Velvet Shadow Stick in Lucid Dream
Mini Audacious Mascara
Compact from the Sarah Moon Non-Fiction Face Set
Mini Lip Gloss in Chelsea

Step one:
From the NARS Sarah Moon Shadow Side Eye Set fresh from the 2016 Holiday collection, I used the Mini Velvet Shadow Stick in Real Surreal, a pearlescent pink, in a wash all over the lid, blending with fingers towards the brow bone.

Step two:
Then picking up Nunavut, a dark matte purple, I sketched in a rough shape beginning high up in the inner corners of my eye and tapering outwards, ending below the crease of my double eyelid. Did I mention this look was dramatic? I used a brush to diffuse the edges of this shape, but you can also use fingers to work the dreamy, creamy formula. 

Step three:
The pale champagne Lucid Dream shade was used as an inner corner highlight, and the entire shebang was completed with the Mini Audacious Mascara.

From left: Mini Velvet Shadow Stick in Real Surreal; Mini Velvet Shadow Stick in Nunavut; Mini Velvet Shadow Stick in Lucid Dream ;Mini Audacious Mascara

Step four:
With my eyes done, it's time for the supporting cast. Pulling out the pressed compact from the NARS Sarah Moon Non-Fiction Face Set, I lightly misted a small powder brush before picking up the coral shade to use as a blush on the apples of my cheeks.

Step five:
I'm partial to small, fluffy brushes, so I used one to picking up the lighter shade for highlighting cheekbones, my nose bridge – you know the drill. The precise shape makes light hit exactly where you want, as opposed to all over the cheek.

At this point, I was curious about the white powder in the compact. Swatched, it was smooth and just a touch reflective. Turns out, it's a translucent powder to take around for touch ups. So thoughtful of NARS.

Compact from the Sarah Moon Non-Fiction Face Set; Mini Lip Gloss in Chelsea

Step six:
The Mini Lip Gloss in Chelsea Girls, also from the set, lent a glossy, silent movie-nude lip, a perfect counterpoint to the intensity of the eye look.

And there it is, a smoky eye 'do worthy of any office Christmas party. I actually wore this to ours! Do you have a go-to smoky eye shape? What about colour? Let's discuss.

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