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The Art of The Smoky Eye



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)




  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Take your lightest color and gently place into brow bone.
  5. 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.
  6. For added highlight in the tear duct area.. add a gold its very flattering and will create more dimension. Top and bottom!( see photo)
  7. 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..!!


Author: Danielle Minnella www.danielleminnella.com

Hot Product : Make Up For Ever Flash Palette


There is always one product that makeup artists will tell you they cannot work without and I have yet to encounter a makeup artist that has not said the Make Up For Ever Flash Palette (aka: 12 Flash Color Case). This palette allows the user to create virtually any shade that can be used almost anywhere!

Let’s set up some examples, shall we?

You’re off to an interview and realize you forgot your eyeliner and mascara (if you’re like me, you don’t feel yourself or your best without these products!), but you realize you have your palette in the bottom of your bag!

  • Dip the very tip of your pinky finger into the brown cream and with light pressure, rub your finger along your lash line smudging the color within your lashes.
  • Stick your middle finger into the black, then press your middle finger and thumb together- transferring some of the color to your thumb.
  • Lightly pinch your lashes between your middle finger and thumb. Then pull the color through the end of the lashes.

The look will be a slight smokey eye with dark lashes! Another example? You are off to drinks with your girlfriends and get stuck in the rain. Your foundation/concealer slides right off that awful blemish you have on your chin. No worries, you can fix this.

  • Mix the peach, the white, a dab of brown and a maybe a dab of yellow (the mix will vary based upon your skin tone) and you have foundation to cover that blemish!

I watched a makeup artist do an entire face for fashion week with this palette. Try the light blue with a bit of silver and white on your lids to make a creamy base for eye shadow or apply the peach to your cheeks for a warm glow. Try the red on your lips or mix some gold with the white and you have a highlighter for your brow bone, cheekbones and inner eye corner. The possibilities are endless and the product will be gone before it goes bad; it lasts a very long time! It’s a multifunctional product that is flying off the shelves at Make Up For Ever! Try it, you will not be sorry.

The Make Up For Ever Flash Palette is sold at all Make Up For Ever locations and sephora.com. Suggested Retail: $95. Safety Information: Do not use following colors near the eyes : 002 – 005 – 017 (pink/red/coral). Do not use following colors on the lips : 003 – 010 – 014 (silver/royal blue/white).





Must Have Beauty Favorite: Buxom Eye Stick


My favorite beauty product of the moment?

Buxom Waterproof Smoky Eye Stick in 5” Stiletto.

The smoky eye look isn’t going out of style any time soon, but what isn’t sexy is having the look drip down your face by the end of the night. This waterproof stick has proven to stay put through an 8 hour work day and remain smoky as you enter the doors of your favorite late night dance spot. After swearing by black liner to create this sexy look, my new go to shade for that sweeping smokey line is now blacks close second PURPLE. It’s a great look for your daytime activities paired with a creamy pearl shadow or use the stick to funk up your look for your nightlife adventures. The purple adds a fun pop of color and with Buxom’s chunky eye stick it’s become even easier to get that smudgy lid in minutes. I’ve been using it everyday of the week as purple easily becomes the new black as every eye shadow shade seems to match perfectly. So try out your favorite combination today!


<3 Stephanie

Dior Jazz Club Limited Edition Eye Palette


dior jazz club limited edition eye paletteThis limited editon palette from Dior is a must have for the girl that loves the smokey eye look!
The Jazz Club palette comes with: cream black eyeliner, brown eyebrow shadow, a grey eyeshadow, bronze shimmer, and grey shimmer shadows, and a white pearly top coat.
All this comes in a too cute black patent leatcher clutch..complete with mirror and brushes.
Perfect for travel, this palatte needs to be a Dior staple!

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