30 March 2009

HOW TO do classic smoky eyes

  It's THE beauty look that every A-lister worth their weight in de si gner dresses has rocked and the one that every woman wants to master - and yet it's still one of the trickiest things to get right...the smoky eye! A-list make-up guru, Kay Montano, who is responsible for making up the faces of Keira Knightley and Thandie Newton, knows a thing or two about getting the look just right. We asked her to give us the scoop on her top tricks and tips so we could brush up on our smoky eye skills...  

Step 1: Preparation is key! Make sure you conceal the under-eye area well before you start or you'll end up looking like you've been thumped in each eye...  

Step 2: Place a tissue beneath the eye to catch any falling shadow. Blend a grey and brown shadow (or a basic taupe for simplicty) at the very root of the upper lash line, working from the outside edge inwards. Kay's top tip is to use a soft, fluffy brush - she opts for a classic paint brush available from art stores.  

Step 3: Work the shadow up and over the eye - again working from the outside in. Make sure the darkest part is always near the lashline to stop the eye looking like it's closing up. Blend, blend and blend again!  

Step 4: Line the lower lash line with your shadow, then use a black liquid liner at the base of the upper lashes for an ultra-dramatic look.  

Step 5: Finsh with lashings of black mascara!  

 -Bella Blissett


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