Hello ABL readers.. Its been such a hectic season for me but I have not forgotten about you all. I hope your enjoying the blog!!
When you think ART do you think Makeup?? Most people think painting, drawing or sculpture but what about your makeup!!! I always tell my clients “Makeup is an Art” , once you master it your makeup will look flawless. Smoky eyes are an art and is a great way to dress up your day or night. Green is the season too!!
(Before I go on, Smoky can also be spelled smokey..just thought I’d share that)
What is a smoky eye?
Smoky Eye makeup = A clouded effect with darkest color at lash line and getting lighter as you work up toward brow bone, each layer well blended and disappearing into the next.
Smoky eye can be done with any color you wish. Green shown in above photo since its the color of the season and looks good with any eye color(I love an emerald or an olive green).
Without the use of key techniques a smoky eye can go horribly wrong. Techniques such as using the right color palette, Using the correct brushes, how you place the shadow and how you blend. (please do not use q tips for blending, invest in a good set of brushes)
- Take your darkest shadow and gently place it over your eyelid. (no further up than your eye crease). Brush: Flat hair brush will lay the color down nicely.
- Take a pointed brush/pony tail style and gently take your second color into the crease (windshield wipe motion). A light taupe was used to blend in with the green. The idea is you want to create dimension with the use of color and shading. Remember your colors should compliment each other.
- Take a smudge-able black eyeliner pencil and tightly apply it to your upper lash line. (black is the best for definition) Using small short strokes from outer corner to inner corner. This will prevent any gaps or sloppy eyeliner. Use a smudge brush to blend it into the eye.
- Take your lightest color and gently place into brow bone.
- Now its time for under the eye. Take your black liner that you just used for the top lids and add it into rim “waterline”(If you do not want to place it into your water line that’s ok) Take your darkest green and smudge it under the eye..going from out eye to inner eye. Brush: smudge brush with short hairs.
- For added highlight in the tear duct area.. add a gold its very flattering and will create more dimension. Top and bottom!( see photo)
- Add some mascara. For a more dramatic look add lashes.!
A good tip: whenever you are working with a dark smoky eye makeup, I find its better to do your foundation last this way all the fall-age from the shadow won’t ruin your face makeup.
This diagram should help you with your shadow placement. The smoky eye photo here is a subtle smoky eye.. you can definitely punch it up just by adding more and deepening the colors. Sometimes dampening the brush will make the pigment pop even more.
* Not every step shown in eye makeup photo.
Happy Smoky eyes!!! Try it for St patty days..!!
Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a classic style for the design powerhouse Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2013 NYFW Show. For the decadent display “From Russia WIth Love” full of fur and velvet, Guido created sleek (but not totally perfect!) ponytails that worked with and without the hats in the collection.
Redken Products Used:
- satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion
- Guido applied Redken satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion to damp hair and created a smooth blow dry.
- He then raked fingers through to “rough up” slightly to give the look more of an “ease” before attaching in a low ponytail and wrapping a small section of hair around the elastic.
“This style is luxurious but it has a little ease and softness to it. The ponytail is only part of the look for the models, as 90% of the girls are in hats. It’s very true the Ralph Lauren idea of a woman, the American idea of a classic beauty.”
-Guido, Redken Creative Consultant
Jeanie Syfu, the genius behind the hair of the Tracy Reese 2013 Fall New York Fashion Week Runway Show, gave us a moment of her time to talk about her approach for the styling for the show and where her inspiration came from. (Click on the image above to see our interview with Jeanie!)
Overall Look: A quintessential NY look, the hair combines side-swept texture with height at the crown.
Inspiration: A fearless New York girl walking home before dawn after a night out. The look has a modern style with retro roots.
- Lightly dampen hair and liberally apply TRESemmé Thermal Creations Volumizing Mousse throughout the roots and lengths of the hair for texture and volume.
- Flip head upside-down and rought dry with fingers (pulling at the root with fingers until the hair is 90% dry). Use a mason brush to continue drying upside-down by lifting at the roots and smoothing at the ends. TIP: Use your mason brush to lift the roots, but don’t smooth the roots- this will flatten the texture.
- Flip hair over when dry and create a “front sweep” by lightly brushing the hair from the front of the crown over to one side diagonally.
- Tease the crown of the head for lift. Finish with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray.
- Apply TRESemmé Fresh Start Color Care Dry Shampoo for texture and pull out pieces for a wispy/undone soft finish.
(image courtesy of Elle.com)
(image courtesy of bellasugar.com)
Hairstylist Guido breaks down his look for the Calvin Klein 2013 NYFW Fall Runway Show.
- He created a deep center part on damp hair and then used guts 10 root targeted spray foam focusing on the lengths.
- He then blow-dried the top very flat, and the back was left to dry naturally.
- Finish with forceful 23 super strength finishing spray.(Guido’s team blow-dried and then used curling irons to create slight bend given the hair couldn’t dry fully at the show.
Redken Products Used:
- forceful 23 super strength finishing spray
- guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
“It’s blow-dried very flat on top, and the back is left naturally textured. The deep, clean part and sleek finish are military inspired, and overall it’s very true to the Calvin Klein identity.”
-Guido, Redken Creative Consultant