If you’ve always wanted to try out grungy makeup but are a little cautious about working with dark colours, here’s how you can achieve a simple, smoky eyeshadow look without making a mess!
Tired of your everyday neutrals palette, but not quite ready for bold and bright hues yet? Green is a perfect colour to start. I’m not talking about neon or lime green, but rather olive and army green shades that blend in nicely with browns, though still add an unmistakable pop of colour to your lids.
Most of us aren’t makeup experts, including myself, so handling the colour green might be a little nerve-wracking. I decided to try out a softer, subtler and more basic look that’s not only wearable every day, but also achievable even for beginners.
Get the look:
Don’t be daunted by the eight steps below; this look only took less than five minutes! It’s pretty versatile as it’s not too harsh for day, but glam enough to work as a night look too!
Disclaimer: I’m far from a professional, but this is how I usually apply my makeup! Feel free to suggest any extra steps or use your own techniques whenever you see fit.
Step 1: Using a flat, smoky-eye brush (mine is the 234 Luxe Smoky Shader by ZOEVA), pat a matte army green shadow over the centre of your lids; I went with Catrice’s Absolute Eye Colour in the shade 940 Popeye’s Daily Dose. As I have hooded eyelids, meaning my eye crease isn’t easily visible, I applied the colour in the space between my top waterline and my double eyelid. If you’ve got a visible crease, apply until just below the crease, and if you don’t have a crease or a double eyelid, apply until about halfway from your top waterline to your brow bone.
Step 2: Next, using a fluffy brush (I used the Ecotools Shadow Smudge brush), blend out the green with a dark matte brown. I chose Colourpop‘s Super Shock Shadow in the shade Quatre, which comes as part of the now discontinued ‘Jenn Ne Sais Quoi’ eyeshadow quad; you can substitute this with any matte brown shadow. I blended until about halfway to my brow bone, but if you have a crease, blend slightly above the crease line.
Step 3: Brush on a lighter, shimmery green shade in the inner corners of your eye. I used the same brush as in Step 2, wiping off the excess shadow before dipping into my next colour: the green ‘Eyelid’ shade from the Wet n Wild Color Icon Comfort Zone eyeshadow palette. If you want an extra-defined look, you can go ahead and add a lighter champagne colour at the very end of the inner corners.
Step 4: I brushed on the neutral, pale yellow ‘Browbone’ shade from the Comfort Zone palette, just under the brow bone, to clean the area up a little. This is an optional step.
Step 5: Using a flat, fairly stiff brush, smudge a dark, shimmery green- I used my Ecotools Angled Liner brush to apply the ‘Crease’ colour from the Comfort Zone palette- into the outer corners of your eyes. If you have a definable crease, brush in a ‘V’ shape from the edge of your eye to your crease. I brushed on a diagonal line from the edge of my eye to my double eyelid line, to make my eyes appear a bit wider.
Step 6: Following that, dip the same brush into a dark matte brown and line the bottom waterline of your eyes. You can use the same colour as in Step 2, or switch to a brown or black pencil eyeliner. Use a clean fluffy brush or even your fingers to dust off any eyeshadow fallout around your eyes and cheeks, but don’t worry about being too tidy as this is a grunge look after all! You can apply concealer and powder around your nose and cheeks if you’ve accidentally sullied the area.
Step 7: Line your eyes with a simple wing. I used the Kat Von D Ink liquid liner in Trooper. You can extend the wing to make it more dramatic if you wish.
Step 8: Curl your lashes and brush on mascara! You might want to apply false eyelashes for a more glamorous flair. Though I don’t have long lashes myself, I decided to forgo the falsies for the day and stuck with my Eyeko Black Magic Mascara.
And there you have it! Dust on some light bronzer, nude lips (I used Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow) or a deep dark cherry red, and you’re good to go.