All Purpose, Affordable Black Smokey Eye!

Let’s face it, we’re poor, University kids with a limited budget. Going to a formal event is never a cheap endeavor. Aside from the entry tickets, we have to pay for the dress, the hair, the shoes… and let’s not forget about the accessories… Don’t worry, I have an affordable solution for you makeup wise, and it will match almost any dress. It’s so simple, that you don’t have to hire a makeup-artist to do it! The best thing about it? You can find almost everything in Sunway Pyramid, which is right by our doorstep!

Here is what you need:

  1. Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama 24 Hour Gel Eyeliner (Sunway Pyramid – Watsons or Guardian, RM 28 onward)
  2. Black eyeshadow from Elianto (Sunway Pyramid – Jusco. RM 8-12)
  3. In2it Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner (Sunway Pyramid – Watsons or Guardian, RM 14-RM16)
  4. Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Mauve (Sunway Pyramid – Watsons or Guardian, RM 32 onward)
  5. Brown eyeshadow or eyebrow pencil three shades darker than your hair color. [Note: I used my own, which is a discontinued product from MAC a few seasons ago]
  6. Maybelline Volum’Express The Magnum Cat Eyes mascara (Sunway Pyramid – Watsons or Guardian, RM 28 onward)

Let’s get on with the look, shall we?

Black Smokey Eye 1-4
Step 1: To make the eye shadow stay on longer, and appear darker, apply a gel eyeliner all over your eyelid, staying below the crease/socket-bone of your eye.

Step 2: Apply the black eye shadow all over the black gel eyeliner. Remember to blend out any harsh lines. Don’t worry if it looks too black, just make sure that the color is evenly distributed and is faded around the edges.

Step 3: Now, use the gel eyeliner to line the inner parts of your upper and lower lash-lines. Blend out the lower lash-line with a bit of the black eye shadow to make the look even more smokey.

Step 4: Line the upper lash-line with the liquid eyeliner. Stop at the end of the upper lash-line. To achieve the flick at the end, extend the line from the lower corner of your eye until it meets with the line on the upper lash-line.

Black Smokey Eye 5-8

Step 5: Define your brows with any brow product suited to your needs and the color of your eyebrows. Put on 2-3 light coats of mascara to your lower and upper lashes to “open up” your eyes.

Step 6: Here’s a magic trick! You can use your lipstick as a cream blush! If your lipstick and blush are the same color, the look is more cohesive and it leaves the guesswork of color coordination out. Spread some amount of the lipstick onto the back of your hand to warm the product to make it easier to spread for the following step.

Step 7: With your clean fingers, pat the color directly onto your cheekbones if you want to make your face look slimmer. For that youthful, fresh look, apply the color onto the apples of your cheeks, but remember, don’t apply the color too low on your cheeks, or the color will droop when you’re not smiling!

Step 8: Now, apply the lipstick onto your lips, and the look is done! This look is rather subtle, but a cheerful approach. This look will suit most dresses, for the very reason that the colors are neutral, and will not clash with other colors.

Now, let me show you some other lip colors that you can rock at the Ball, and incidentally, match any dress!

Black Smokey Eye A-D

You already know lip color A, which is Revlon Colorburst in Mauve, here are the others:

  1. Fuchsia – Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in No. 63 Exuberante (Available in Parksons Beauty Hall, Sunway Pyramid RM 90.
  2. Red – NYX Round Lipstick in Hebe (Available at Colours Cosmetics Malaysia’s website, RM 14)
  3. Deep berry – Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in No. 120 Cutting Edge (Available at Parksons Beauty Hall and Guardian, Sunway Pyramid RM 25 onward) [Note: Another alternative would be MAC’s Rebel Lipstick, RM 68]

So, there you have it, a classic look with 4 classic lip colors to suit any dress color, and of course, most people’s preferences. Which one do you prefer? Personally, I’d go with the deep berry one.

See you at the Ball!

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