December 23, 2006

FW06 Beauty Trend: The Smoky Eyes

Yes, I know that we are technically at the end of the FW06 season, but I've saved this very gothic look for the festive season. I absolutely love this season's gothic look. We're not talking about high school emo/ rock chick/ gothic look here, we're talking the sophisticated one.

Rochas had chimney sweepers as the inspiration of the collection, including the super smoky eyes which looks like a lot of shades of matte black and charcoal grey.

Alessandro Dell'Acqua -Sparkling and fluid-like black. The whole eyelid looks literally all black.

Marc by Marc Jacobs and Valentino -Marc's (left) eye makeup is soo funky -it looks like the makeup artist used a black eyeliner and drew random lines all over the model's eyelids (which I'm sure were well-planned)! On the other hand, Valentino has got the very sophisticated look, with mainly dark eyeliner at the bottom, complete with red lipstick. A bit too mature for me, but maybe some of you would like to try it.

Nars eyeshadow -Pile on the sparkling black, artistically of course. For those who want a bit of colour, dark purple is great for most skin tones.

Nars liquid eyeliner -Lots and lots (and hope that it doesn't run off throughout the night!) If you want the smudged eyeliner effect, then opt for pencil eyeliner instead. I usually recommend MAC's black eyeliner to my friends.

And lastly, mascara! From experience, Diorshow gives the most dramatic effect, although it did smudge a bit on long nights.

If you think all this black is waay too dramtic and dark for you, then you can try dark brown. See how Rachel Bilson looks mega-gorgeous in dark brown smoky eyes? (But then again, she looks gorgeous in most looks.)

I've always thought Christmas as a family event and New Year countdown as a friends' event. Personally, I think this look is a bit too extreme for family Christmas dinners, but I'm seriously considering doning this look for New Year. Now all I have to do is master the art of putting on all that black eye makeup without looking like a panda and find myself a super pale lip colour!


Anonymous austgirl said...

Diorshow? I haven't tried that but would like to.

How about Lancome Hypnose, what do you think of that in comparison to Diorshow?

- Austgirl

12/24/2006 9:34 PM  
Anonymous dewi said...

i loved the makeup at rochas, but HATED the makeup at valentino. it was too contrived, too dramatic, and for lack of better words ugly IMO. Marc's was funky, but not very realistic to wear off the runway.

12/25/2006 4:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like the way the girl did hers in the last pic the rest of the girls look sad i havent done it before because i dont use that much makeup but i would like to try it sometime

12/25/2006 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

will someone puh-lease tell me how to achieve rachel bilson's smoky eye? i am really inept with shadows, liners, etc. so a step-by-step would really be great!

ps. pointers for asian eyes would be nice too ~.~

12/27/2006 9:49 AM  
Blogger ENID P. said...

Love the look... but I have tried many of times and end up looking like a racoon....So I rather look au natural...


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Blogger 1AMcoffee said...

how long have smokey eyes been the NEW trend now?thihihihi... Really like your post & love rachel bilson's smokey eyes

12/30/2006 4:17 AM  
Anonymous Kat said...

I love the dark smoky eye look, but there's such a fine line between perfection and mess when it comes to recreating it that it becomes difficult to pull off.

In regards to Marc's makeup...there's a similar looking eye in the book Making Faces that is created using mascara (yes, by dabbing the mascara wand onto and under the eye). Very dramatic!

12/31/2006 10:02 AM  
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Wow, what a suprise... not.

1/05/2007 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Helen said...

Love the smokey eye look, but it's never as sexy or fabulous when you try to do it yourself without the help of a professional makeup artists. Shame.

1/05/2007 8:31 AM  
Anonymous kat said...

i love doing the smoky eye look.. for years now.

and ive adjusted my routine along the way. (to suit more/less dramatic looks or to suit how it will look at the end of the day when the eyeiner has smudged a bit or the eyeshadow has faded.)

here's what i do. (just for the eyes.)

1. apply dark gray eyeshadow on eyelids. (use all black for a more dramatic look)

2. apply black eyeshadow near outer eyelid. in upward sweeping strokes but not going outside too much. you just want this as an accent to make your eyes look bigger. you dont want it to be seen when you open your eyes.

3. use a tiny eyeshadow brush and line the lower lid (as close to the rim as possible), under the eyelashes, with black eyeshadow. it helps to start from the edge and work inwards slowly. squeeze the bristles for more control. (most impt step to me)

4. line upper eyelid with liquid eyeliner. thin line. as close to the lid as possible.

5. line lower rim with eyeliner pencil in black. i stop halfway. i dont line the whole rim. from outside to in.
(i read somewhere that l.lohan lines the inside of her upper rim as well. sounds a bit extreme to me. and didnt make much diff when i tried it out)

6. sweep mascara (i use diorshow or lancome hypnose) on top and bottom eyelashes. wait to dry. (use a curler if you need it. i dont)

7. sweep another mascara over that (learnt this from a makeup artist. i use clinique.)

8. use an eyelash brush to get rid of the inevitable clumps.

9. dot the inside of the eye (just near the nose, near where the tear ducts are) with a tiny but of white or beige eyeshadow.


its taken me years of practice to do this and i started out by practising at home before i actually did it to go out.

for asian eyes, you will def have to modify this a bit. grey eyeshadow may make your skin look sallow so try a deep brown.

when i try to do this for my friend's it doesnt always work out cos im not sure about the shape of their eyes or how deep-set it is. even diff to do for my sis cos her eyelids are not the same size.
so try, practice and modify. :)
hope this helps.

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Anonymous shriya said...

im in high school, and almost every day i wear some pencil black eyeliner and a thin line of liquid liner.
by the end of the 7 hour day, all the eyeliner from the inside of my lids has accumulated on my bottom lids and smudged down, making me look dead.
how do i prevent this (easily)??

2/05/2007 1:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like smoky eyes! No matter if it is in this year winter fashion trends or not, still I like that and I will do that!

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