How to get the perfect ‘Smokey Eye’ – Hints & Tips

The perfect smokey eye look can be dramatic, beautiful and bold however it can be tricky to achieve. Here are my hints and tips.

Smokey Eyes Look

Getting the smokey eyes look can be tricky, I have been known to pull off more of a panda look on my first few attempts. Here are some great hints and tips to help you perfect this fantastic look.

Smokey eyes – getting started

My biggest over all tip is PRACTICE!! The amazing thing about the smokey eye look is that its so flexible. Subtle to bold, neutral to rainbow of colour.

  • Make sure your brushes are all clean, free from dust and previous shadows.
  • Eye primer is always a great help with a look where you eyes are the feature. Creating a smooth surface for a great look but helping to maintain it longer. Purchase your Avon Eye Primer HERE
  • Decide which colours of eye shadow you will be using. 3 shades of one main colour works best such as grey to black, or natural cream to brown. Other brighter colours can be used but a light, middle and dark collection works best.
  • A cream based eye shadow can work better than a powder as it blends easier but whichever you’re more comfortable with is key.

The main event

  1. Step one, after applying your primer is to use the mid-range colour over your eyelid, stopping at the natural crease and avoiding the inner corner. A domed eyeshadow brush works best for this basic coverage.
  2. Use a fresh brush for your lightest colour (this will be your ‘highlighter’) to highlight under your brow and in the inner corner of your eyelid. Highlight the whole length of the underside of your eyebrow. Use a smaller, flatter brush to apply the highlighter to the inner corner of your eyelid. It is optional to apply the higher on the lower eyelid too, below the waterline. Use a blending brush on your upper lid to blend your base colour and highlighter together.
  3. Time for a fresh brush to apply your darkest shade- small and flat if possible. When applying the darkest shade, it is better to do smaller amounts to build up the colour and coverage rather than putting too much on and starting all over again. Make a ‘C’ shape as you apply the eyeshadow from about have way down your natural crease and curving round to you lash line, covering mainly in the outer corner. Always start at the outer corner of the eye working inwards. The dark colour, ideally, shouldn’t go past half way or into the inner third of your eyelid.
  4. BLEND!! Blending is key!! Use a fluffy blending brush to blend the colours so there are no harsh lines. Working from your inner corner and brow bone (the highlighted areas) blending down and out. Blending can take a bit of time so be patient, it will be worth it. You can add more colour as you go if it is need, using the correct brush you used for each colour so not to make the colours patchy.

The finishing touches

From here you can play around adding the finishing touches. Eyeliner (wings or flicks maybe?) and mascara are vital in my opinion for executing this look but it is what you are comfortable with. A bit of glitter maybe fun and appropriate or just close your eyes and seal the look with some Setting Spray.

And now you will look amazing. The top tips are –

  • Primer – to give a fresh canvas and last longer
  • Plenty of fresh brushes – so not to transfer colours
  • BLENDING!!! – can’t get enough blending
  • Practice – this look will just get better each time you do it

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Top Tips for Painting Your Nails

Top Tips for Painting Your Nails – discover great tips to help you create a fantastic look, for long lasting, chip-free coverage.

Top Tips for Painting Your Nails
  • Base coat is a must (on natural nails). You can get various types such as strengthening and nourishing too. Occasionally pigments in some polishes can stain the natural nail, mainly in bold, rich colours, so a base coat helps prevent this from happening. Most people would prime a wall before painting it so why not do the same with your nails.
  • Want a bright, vivid colour on your nails which will really stand out? Paint your nails white as an undercoat, giving the colour(s) you want a real ‘POP’ when you apply it and its dry.
  • Worried about mess around the edges? There are loads of tips with tape or PVA glue etc but keep it simple. Get a small paint brush and just dip in it a bit of nail polish remover and sweep it round the edge – boom, sorted it nice and easy.
  • Top coat will always help keep your nails from chipping and keep the look lasting longer. Using cuticle oil on your nails after you have painted them will not only help your nails and cuticles but also limit chipping too due to the ‘slipping’ nature of the oil.
  • Dip your hands in warm water for a minute before pushing your cuticles. The warm water soften the cuticles, making them easier to push.
  • Three-stroke-rule!! Many manicurists agree that the three stroke approach works the best. Simply brush the nail polish in a line up the centre of your nail – from the cuticle to the tip. Repeat this process then on either side of the line you have drawn.

What do the ‘Pros’ think?

Katie Ellis is the owner of Nails By Katie, based in Long Eaton – Derbyshire. Katie often uses Avon polishes, along with other brands, in the salon.

Katie’s professional top tips are:

  • Massaging a good cuticle oil or cream /or hand cream into your nail bed and cuticles at least twice a day. It works better than any polish strengthener, whilst these do seem to work some can cause brittle nails so can cause snapping.
  • A lot of people worry about damage from acrylics /gel polish. Where most of the damage comes from the incorrect removal of them, pulling them off or over soaking yourself. If you have them done professionally have them removed that way, with a manicure after, to replace lost oils and moisture.
  • When painting toe nails it can take a long time for them to fully dry. If you feel they are touch dry but want to put socks/tights /shoes on and don’t want to ruin them ,a drop of cuticle oil once touch dry stops them being marked by footwear.

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