Where there's Smoke...

Everyone talks about Smoky Eyes, and everyone has a different idea of what that means. Makeup artists are constantly confused as to what people are asking for when they say they want smoky eyes. Here is our take on what the smoky eye is all about. When applying makeup, you not only are concerned about colour choices, but also the shape and placement of the areas of colour. You can apply two colours next to each other with a defined edge where one ends and the other begins. Or you can decide to blend the two colours together where they meet to create a softer visual transition. Smoky eyes make use of this blending/fading technique of one colour transitioning to another without a demarcation line. Smoky eyes are created by concentrating the colour most at the eye edge/opening, and then fading the colour farther from the eye opening. This creates an opaque colour around the edge of the eye, but then fades the colour outwards as the makeup and skin colour mix together and transition. Real smoke has the property of being translucent, and that is what you are creating with the fading of the colours. The other key is to use darker value colours that might be greyed so as to evoke a smoke/charcoal visual effect. Make sure you also surround the entire eye with a rounded shape application, and you will have the smoky eye people can’t stop talking about.    


matthew waitesmith