Ask Sabs: Is the smoky eye right for me?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Q: "Hi Sabs! I love how you do your smokey eyes on the girls in your blog. I know that you have already posted a few topics on this but here goes: I love make up but I am stuck with using just eyeliner. As a fashion student in La Salle, I would like to update my look into something more sophisticated. I have big round eyes and I am not sure if I can pull off the smokey eye look. What do you suggest? Thanks Sabs!" -Cha (send via Ask Sabs on April 25, 2009)

Hi Cha!
The nice thing about the smokey eye is that it can suit just about anyone. Some girls are afraid that if their eyes are big, it will look bigger. Some would say that if they are chinita, it would make them even more chinita. I beg to disagree...

Margs, Kate and Daphne have different eye shapes and skin tones. I did the smokey eye on all 3 of them and the effect is different on each one. Depends on the color of your shadow, it can make jus about anyone look glam and sophosticated in an instant.

The smokey eye is even nice during the day. Having to do the smokey effect doesn't have to be limited with black, grey, silver, or brown. You can use colors such as shades of green, pink, purple or even blue!

Just keep in mind that depending on the intensity of your smokey eye, you should really know how to tone down your lips. If you have a light smokey eye, you can go a little bit darker on your puckers!

Just have fun and play around with makeup! The best thing about it is that you can erase it!


1. Cleanse, tone, and moisturize your face. Always start here.
2. Do your base as you would. Don't forget to highlight and contour but make it as natural looking as possible. Remember, you are not going on stage! (unless you are...)
3. Groom your eyebrows. These are your frames and they make the character of your look.
4. I like starting with the blush. Because depending on the shade of my blush will then I decide which colors would go best with it. Also, the blush tells people your mood. Are you feeling sultry? Romantic? Fierce?
5. Choose a shade of eyeshadow that is in the same color tone as your blush. Warm for warm, cool for cool.
5. Start with the darkest shadow of your color choice and blend from your lashlines to your creases. Then, with the medium shade of the same color family blend the edges of your dark shadow at the creases. Remember to blend! Then, with a bone color or anything that has a bit of shimmer: silver for cool, and gold for warm, highlight your brow bones for that extra UMPH!
6. Line your upper lash lines with an eye liner formula that you are used to. With a smudge proof pencil liner, line the inner rims of your eyes. If you feel a bit weird about this, skip this step and apply liner as close to your lashlines as possible and blend with a Q-Tip.
7. Gloss up your lips!

Thanks for your email Cha! Enjoy and hope to hear from you again soon!

Photographed by Filrobes
Hair and Makeup by Sabs Hernandez

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