#BacktoBasics: How to ace a smoky eye under five minutes

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By Wei Yeen Loh

#BacktoBasics: How to ace a smoky eye under five minutes

If you have always shied away from trying out a smokey eye because 1) your current skills have always resulted in raccoon-like peepers instead of a sultry eye makeup look, or 2) the thought of blending all these colours together is way too much for your usual makeup routine — today’s beauty tutorial is one to bookmark on your browser.

With just a handful of eye makeup products, we demonstrate how you can pull off a smokey eye look even if you’re a complete newbie at this. Don’t forget to ace your base with handy foundation tricks here

A couple of tips and tricks on making this look work for you by pros:

1. Refrain from using black eyeliner for the bottom lashline — try brown instead. Black tends to make the eyes look smaller and heavier. If you’re lining your bottom lashline, remember to line your upper lashline as well. Makeup artist Shiyo Jo suggests using black for the upper lashlines, and brown on the bottom for a subtle contrast.

2. For hooded eyelids, use a dark, matte eyeshadow colour on the inner part of the eyes, and keep shimmery shades for blending only on the middle to outer corners of the eyes.

3. The darker eyeshadow colour on your upper eyelids should not exceed the area above the halfway point of your lids. Blending it too high up will result in smaller-looking eyes.

4. Mascara is a must-have for every smokey eye look. This is to open up your eyes for a wide-eyed effect. 

5. If you feel that your eyeshadow does not adhere on your eyes easily,  use the sponge-tipped applicator that comes with your quad eyeshadow palettes. Those will have enhance the colour on your eyes upon application.

6. Avoid smudging with an oil-control eye base or primer. Apply it closer to your lash line to prevent your mascara from smudging as well.



Videography: Chong Yi Suen

Makeup: Shiyo Jo

Styling: Loh Wei Yeen

Model: Alyssa Lee

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