I tell you what, I feel like more often that not these days I am lacking in inspiration or creativity. I have been sticking with the same ole’ boring neutral looks but recently I got very inspired by a certain Mannymua and decided to crack out a bold cranberry smokey eye. Of course, he is lucky enough to own the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette soooooo jealous by the way! I wanted to share with you my super quick (like 3 minute quick) smokey eye. This can be done using whatever shades you wish, but I really enjoyed this cranberry shade and wanted to share how I achieved it!
First of all I wanted to prime my eyes. With a smokey eye I don’t like a completely flawless base as I like the kind of ‘messy’ smokey eyes where they are a bit more grungy and you can see your natural lid colour. I used my Benefit Air Patrol Eye Base to prime my eyes as it gives a light base but doesn’t give full coverage on the eye lids. I then set this with translucent powder.
This look only consisted of two brushes. A Morphe M505 which is my ultimate favourite blending brush and I will use it everyday without fail. It is honestly a holy grail for me! I also used this EcoTools Double Ended Brush which has a blending brush on one side and a smudge brush on the other side. I used my M505 for all the crease shades and blending and I used my EcoTools smudge brush for packing on that shimmery lid shade. I did spray my brush with some of the Collection Primed & Ready Makeup Fixing Spray to intensify the shimmery shades.
For the eye shadows I started with my Tarte Showstopper Palette. I started by blending my transition shade (1) into my crease and under my lower lash line. I don’t worry about being too precise with this as it is just a transition. I then take a deep warm brown (2) into my outer corner and blend into the crease and lower lash line. This starts to create that smokey effect. I take this all the way under my lower lash line as this will make your eye colour pop and look even more dramatic. I then took the blush (3) and used this to blend everything together and to bring in some of that cranberry tone. I also took that shade on the lower lash line. I then topped up that brown shade (2) to re-intensify the look.
For my lid, like I mentioned I used a dampened brush for this step, I took the shade (4) from the Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette and applied this all over my lid. I left it looking quite sharp until it dried so I could blend it a bit more. I wouldn’t recommend trying to blend wet shadows as they could become patchy and uneven. Once dried I blended it using that deep brown again (2). I then took the shade (5) onto the centre of my lid to add a bit of demention.
After I am satisfied with my eyes I then took Makeup Geek White Lies Eye Shadow to my inner corner and brow bone. I topped it off with some mascara and I was good to go!
I hope you enjoyed this cranberry smokey eye! Until next time…