ALL ABOUT BEAUTY: Day to Night Smoke

A smoky eye is a classic, just like the red lip. You can’t really go wrong with a smoky eye, and it can even be done in a variety of colors. For nighttime, a classic gray/black smoky eye is perfection. It can work in the day also, especially if done in shades of brown or purples instead of black.

This week's CollegeFashionista pulls off the perfect daytime smoky eye. Her eyes don’t look too severe because she used lighter colors instead of all blacks and grays. Her base is a light silvery-purple (try NARS eyeshadow in Strada or Night Rider), which she then layered a darker grayish purple (try LORAC eyeshadow in After Party) over for that smoke effect. The inner corners of her eyes are highlighted with a light shadow (you could also use a higlighter) and the rest of her eyes are rimmed with eyeliner, both of which helps to define the eye just a little bit more.

To take this smoky look into the evening, use a darker base in a gray, then layer a very dark gray, navy blue or black under the crease of the eye and on the outer corners. Personally, I love NARS duo eyeshadow in Brumes. The matte gray and shimmery navy makes for a gorgeous eye that isn't too severe.  For something a little darker, I am a huge fan of CHANEL's  Les 4 Ombres in #93 Smoky Eyes . It is expensive, but so worth it. Bare Escentuals makes a great, lower priced palette-collection item as well. They have one with grays and blacks and another with browns. Make sure to keep the highlight on the inside and finish with mascara. Keep the rest of your face relatively clean and fresh. For the lips you could either go for a light gloss (Stila Lip Glaze is great because no matter what color you pick, you will get a beautiful, sheer color) or a more severe lip. Having a lip with a little more color is usually more appropriate for the night, while keeping the lip a little more understated is great for the day.

For an extra special touch, add the wind-blowing-in-your-hair and you’re all set to go.


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