By Tracy M
Yesterday, I was “having a bad hair day”. That was my status update of Facebook. Some of my friends guffawed, because honestly, I do have pretty good hair, but believe me when I say sometimes it gets ugly. U.G.L.Y. But with my 30-*mumble* something years (egad!) had come some wisdom, and I finally am not at war with my hair. I teased the crown, popped it in a ponytail, and turned lemons into lemonade. I tossed this snapshot up to show my friend who had asked for a pic. Lame story that actually leads somewhere… really. The Wiz chimed in, curious not about my hair, but about my eye make-up, and a conversation ensued. It’s been brought to my attention that maybe some mommies need a little make-up boost and a short lesson on how to make the best of their assets, in a simple, easy and quick way. Et voila…
Four short years ago, my make-up bag probably looked a lot like yours: some dried out brown eyeliner from the drugstore, and a few pans of neutral brown eyeshadow. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to look good- it was that I had no idea what to do with cosmetics. The extent of my mad make-up skillz were lighting Maybelline red-stick eyeliners with a match in junior high and looking heinous with black smudges under my eyeballs that I would try and wipe off before I got home. (Always had that little rebellious streak) So basically, other than a smudge of liner for a night out or for church, I did nothing. Lipgloss what really living it up.
Then I met my best friend. Some of you may know her- Mo. She’s a make-up guru. I mean, this woman knows her stuff, and she rocks it. We’d been friends for a while when she casually asked me one day if she could maybe show me some tricks. It was the breach in the dam I needed, and I’ve never looked back. For some in-depth coverage, you can see a series of make-up posts Mo wrote here, starting with this one on The Basics. No reason for me to reinvent the wheel.
But for today, I decided to teach The Wiz, and y’all by extension, how to make your eyes smoky, for both day and night, with a few simple things you probably have- which is why I chose browns. Every woman who is afraid of make-up had browns. But they can work, and they can be dramatic. And they can be smoldering sexy, too- which can we all admit is fun?
What I have here is the Urban Decay Naked Palette, Maybelline Falsies mascara, a brown/black eyeliner pencil two shadow brushes, and a lip gloss. You do not need this fancy palette, but boy if you were going to buy any one set of good make-up, this one is awesome. We are going to use three colors, a light, medium and dark brown. Any three you have will be fine. Usually a drug-store quad of browns (betcha you have one!) will have all that you need. Some shimmer is good, matte is fine for newbies. Falsies mascara is cheap ($5 at Target) and really spectacular. Any lip gloss and liner will be fine. For brushes, I chose one round shadow brush (again, Target if you’re new, and they’re very inexpensive, but in a pinch, you can totally do this with the sponge applicator or a Q-Tip if you have to) and one dome brush. I use the shadow brush to apply, the dome brush to blend. BLEND BLEND BLEND! That’s the secret, really, to a sexy smoky eyeball!
Speaking of unsexy, here’s my nekkid eye:
Look at that. I’m like India Wilkes, with odd lash-less look of a rabbit. I’ve never been blessed with fabulous lashes, but just you wait… So you start with a clean eye, and take you shadow brush and swirl it in the medium shade of your browns. Pat the shadow on your lid, covering the whole lid and just into the crease of your eyelid. Then, take the darker shadow– whatever you have that’s darker than your medium tone– and using your brush like a windshield wipe, place the darker color in the crease and alone the outer corner of your eye. Use the dome brush (or your finger) to blend the colors together.
Then take your brown liner (black is usually too harsh for most people, especially during the day) and line the upper lashline and the lower, but use a light hand on the lower. Then take your dark shadow (the same one you put in the crease) and smudge it over the liner, top and bottom. Wipe your brush on a towel, and take the lightest, creamiest color you have and lightly dust it along the arch under your brow, and towards the inner corner of you eye, near the tear duct.
Then apply a coat or two of mascara, and you have a great, simple daytime look. It honestly takes about five minutes, once you get it down, and it helps if you have the right brushes. There is no black, by the way, on this daytime look- it’s all with browns. You can also do this same thing with greys, and if you get really brave, purples, greens and (gasp!) yes, even blue. And if you practice, I promise you won’t look like Mimi.
Now, if you want to glam the look up a little for night-time, you do the exact same thing, only MORE. Heavier hand with the darks, more mascara, and a thicker liner. And voila: Smolder! It’s really easy. Just a little practice. I promise. The thing about make-up that I’ve learned from Mo is that it’s FUN! You don’t have to do this every day- but isn’t it nice to know how if or when you want to? It’s good to be a girl!
I cannot stress enough to not be afraid of having fun. And don’t be afraid of color! We may not all be able to pull off acid green and fuchsia, but we can all be braver than brown!
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