I’ve noticed I’ve been a little heavy on the lip side of things lately so I thought I would switch it up and include a little smokey eye post today! Not only did I want to make a smokin’ hot (HA!) eye look but I also wanted to do it as affordably as possible. I know I’ve always thought of a smokey eye as being something you had to spend a lot of money on. Higher priced products usually offer better pigmentation and wear, which are both essential to the dark, smokey eye. So, I set out exploring my stash to find the most affordable (and best looking) way to create this dramatic look – here’s what I came up with!
Clockwise Starting at the Left
- Elf Mineral Eyeshadow – Socialite – $3.00
- Elf Studio Exact Lash Mascara – Black – $3.00
- Elf Studio Mascara Primer – White – $3.00
- Elf Studio 3-in-1 Mascara – Black – $3.00
- Elf Studio Eyeliner & Shadow Stick – Pearl/Glow – $3.00
- Elf Eyeshadow Primer – Original – $1.00
- Elf Studio Kohl Eyeliner – Black – $3.00
- Elf Mineral Eyeliner – Black – $3.00
(PS – There’s a Half Off Code for today ECD2 so you could get this look for only $11.00)
I started by applying Elf Eyeshadow Primer all over the lids and along the bottom lashes. I then created a base with Elf Studio Kohl Eyeliner in Black all the way up to the crease, blending with the attached sponge. I packed on Elf Mineral Eyeshadow in Socialite to give some soft grey shimmer and add dimension to the look – I placed it all over the Kohl. I lined my top lashes with Elf Mineral Eyeliner in Black and winged it out, then added a little on the outer third of the bottom lash line and smudged it to create a softer look. Moving onto mascara I applied Elf Studio Mascara Primer on my top lashes and while it was drying, applied a coat of Elf Studio Exact Lash Mascara to the bottom lashes. To Finish it off, I stroked on some Elf Studio 3-in-1 Mascara in Black on my upper lashes and cleaned up all the lines with a q-tip.
The results? A shimmering, almost wet looking, gunmetal smokey eye! I like using a colour other than black to give it a bit more dimension and interest.
Do you think this would be too much to wear to the farmers market this morning? I think I could pull it off (not without a few stares). On second thought, let’s stick with wearing this sort of eye for nighttime, or work if you’re daring. Definitely not the farmers market though.