Friday, March 12, 2010

Smokey Eye and Contouring with Sleek Palette Storm

I'm yet another fan of the Sleek eyeshadow palette Storm. It has a versatile range of shadows with satin and matt finishes. The quality of the palette is impressive for £5!

One flaw with Sleek compared to Beautyuk's pallete is that the satin shadows are coarser. There is a thin dusting of fall out in my Sleek palette. But the pigmentation is incredible!

This is my smoky eye look. It's not OTT as you can see that the black eyeshadow doesn't go beyond the socket.

Here's how I achieved the look with the Sleek palette:

1) Highlight the brow bone with the palest shimmery shadow. (Second from the top row.)
2) Apply a base with the matt nude shadow (third from the top row) over the entire lid.
3) I used MAC's Knight Divine on the lower eyelid. But you can use the shimmery charcoal (second from the bottom row) instead.
4) Contour the socket with the matt black shadow. (Last on the bottom row.)
5) Blend, blend, blend so there are no harsh lines.
6) Using a socket brush, line close to the bottom lash line with the matt black shadow. Stop 3/4 of the way from the outside corner.

I lined my eyes with NYX black pencil liner and used white in the inner corners.

If you don't have a contouring kit, you can improvise with the two matt shadows marked below. Experiment to get the right shade and apply with a light hand. You don't want to look you have a five o'clock shadow!

You can use the palest shimmery shadow to highlight. Sweep this under your eyes, down the bridge of your nose and chin with a blush brush.

I learnt this trick from makeup school. We did'nt have contouring kits because eyeshadows and pressed powder foundations are EXACTLY the same products. If you have a wide collection of eyeshadows, chances are you already have the right colours. Remember, use matt for shading and shimmery for highlights.

1 comment:

  1. Haha, I use exactly those eyeshadows for contouring, because I don't attempt it often enough to justify to buy specific products! I think it works well, so long as I blend enough.

    P.S. love your blog name hehe



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