Tutorial: Matte Smoky Eye

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Hey all! I hope you’re having a wonderful Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or regular chill Sunday! I’ve been wanting to do this little tutorial for a while. I wore it on New Year’s Eve and was totally loving it (see my Instagram). I used my tarte Tartlette palette for this look and I think it is really nice for a night out or date! Read on for the look.

I started off with a nice layer of foundation and eye primer. I usually use scotch tape for looks like this because it helps me to keep black shadow off my under eyes. In this case I used sticky notes because I couldn’t find my tape. They definitely don’t work as well, so I don’t recommend them.

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I used the bottom row of the palette and brushed Super Mom all over my lid. Next up I put Power Player in the crease because it is a nice neutral gray. I used the Real Techniques eye brushes for this look and they have been really awesome so far!

Next is the scary part: the black shadow. Always start slow with such dark colors and build things up. I used Fashionista in the outer corner and built it out to be a bit dramatic. The sticky notes were supposed to help me keep in the lines, but they didn’t quite do that job; as you’ll see.

I think that nothing compliments a smoky eye more than a bit of black eyeliner. So I used my sticky notes to line the eyes with a bit of a dramatic wing.

Last, I removed my sticky notes to find an unfortunate black smudging where they had been. This is why I waited to put on concealer until the end. This is a clever way to cover any issues or marks that may have showed up.

I finished up with a bit of Power Player on the lower lids and a layer of mascara. I added a bit of blush, highlighter, and a nude lip (Revlon Matte Balm in Enchanting). That finished the look and had me ready for a fun day!

Thanks for reading this post on one of my favorite smoky eye looks! Don’t forget to follow me on social media and Bloglovin’ in the side bar!

-Kate

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