Daytime Smoky Eyes

6.03.2013


Recently I've fallen back in love with daytime smoky eyes. I say "back" because a couple of years ago, I was completely obsessed with this look. For me, the key to wearing a smoky eye look during the daytime without feeling too overdone is to avoid black. Here I've used a combination of brown eyeshadows and charcoal eyeliner, along with a few other products I promised to demonstrate in action!

I started with the Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm to even out my complexion. This provides lightweight coverage, allowing my freckles to show through, but also contains SPF 45 so my freckles don't multiply too quickly! I then used Benefit Brow Zings to define my brows and the Bare Escentuals "Stroke of Light" Eye Illuminator to brighten my under-eye area. After priming my eyes with Two Faced Shadow Insurance, I blended three colors from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, "Virgin," "WOS" and "Naked 2" (in that order) onto my eyelids. I used a tiny bit of "Faint" in the crease and then used the dark brown color from the NARS And God Created The Woman palette (bottom middle) to line my upper and lower lash lines with a pencil smudger brush. I used the tarte skinny smolderEYES eyeliner in "Slate" to line my bottom waterline; I don't do this often, but when I do, I use this waterproof eyeliner because the ingredients are purer than most. I added a couple sweeps of Bobbi Brown Lash Glamor Extreme Length mascara to my lashes and a tiny dusting of Benefit Dallas blusher/bronzer to my cheeks. Finally, I used the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Romantic" on my lips. 

With this look, all I need to do is stick the eyeliner and lip color in my handbag and I'm good to go! It takes a few more products and brushes than my usual everyday makeup, but it's foolproof and long-wearing. It's even made me want to buy a better set of eye makeup brushes... suggestions that don't break the bank, anyone?

24 comments:

  1. beautiful look, i love the Nars palette, so pretty!

    http://laurathroughthelens.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. What a pretty everyday look! Your skin looks lovely and the lip colour is great! A subtle, brown smokey eye is my go-to look! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  3. You look gorgeous, Id totally do this look everyday if I had a little more time in my mornings.. You are really pretty xx

    http://holaflo.blogspot.com.ar/

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  4. love this look! I always sport a smoky eye, no matter what time of day. x

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  5. Yes! Daytime smoky eyes run in all manners of brown, plum, or olive for me, although I do sometimes add a pinch of sooty black in the outer corners for some definition. Thank you for sharing your how-to.

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  6. Really beautiful look.

    I don't think anyway could go wrong with the Naked palette and the Dallas blush.

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  7. Love it, great post!:)

    http://laurenlovesmakeupxoxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Totally loving this look! Smoky eyes are such a great look :D

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  9. Love this look! I do love a good daytime smokey eye every once in a while.

    Carina x

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  10. You look beautiful, the lip colour suits you so much :) X

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  11. You look amazing! I've always loved Dallas as well!

    http://what-alice-did.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. You look beautiful Ellie! I love a smoky eye, I think the key to a wearable day-time look is definitely more brown than black. If you are looking for some really good but affordable brushes I would recommend the Real Technique ones. I'm not sure where they sell them in the states but you will find them somewhere lol. They are excellent quality and sooo soft! I would really like to try some more, I would also really like your Nars palette! I have had my eye on it for a while, I love the colours.

    Shelley xx
    www.bakingfashion.com

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  13. I really want to try the UD Basics palette, it looks gorgeous! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  14. very pretty look and you look gorgeous :)

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  15. You're so pretty! I love the look too! :)
    Your eyeshadow palettes look great - I want!

    Yinyin xx
    YinyinLoves

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  16. It looks lovely on you :) Definitely one of my favourite day-time favourite looks too

    www.debrabros.blogspot.com.au

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  17. This makeup looks gorgeous on you! Such beautiful big eyes :)

    xoxo Alison
    www.stylingmylife.com

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  18. You are so gorgeous, my dear! The Dr. Jart BB is amazing. Or you just have really great skin (i think it's the latter!)
    ♥,
    Shari


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  19. Great products! Good to know that dr. jart has spf 45, always looking for that...

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  20. just subbed..
    thanks for sharing this look...

    do subscribe to me too... it would mean a lot thanks

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  21. Ella, you are always looking so beautiful!
    Jealous!

    Kah-Feh Yen

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  22. Wow you are so pretty!
    I want the Naked Basics palette and NARS palette badly but I'm trying to only choose one of the two.
    Which one do you prefer?

    http://thecelution.blogspot.ca/

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