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How to pull off the smoky eye

Everyone loves the drama of smoky eyes, but who can really pull it off? Celeb beautifier Frances Hathaway says you can.


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How to pull off the season’s dark, smoky eye

Everyone loves the drama of smoky eyes, but who can really pull it off? Celeb beautifier Frances Hathaway says you can.

Here’s how to create a sexy, smoky-eyed look if…

 

You’ve got flat eyelids

 

You’ve got small eyes

 

You’ve got large, round eyes

 

You’ve got wide-set eyes



You’ve got flat eyelids

Number 1 rule: Don’t try to fake a crease you don’t already have. Instead, focus your attention on the outer corner of your eye. Use an intense hue as close to your lash line as possible, then move outward and blend.

Hot tip to avoid making a smudgy mess: “Apply your eyeshadow with one brush and blend with another,” says makeup artist Frances Hathaway. To pull it together pro-style, you need the definition of one area that’s smoky, another that’s nicely blended and another that’s devoid of colour.

FLARE’s pick: Giorgio Armani Cosmetics Eye Couture Palette, $82

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You’ve got small eyes

Open up petite eyes by lining the inside of your eyelid with a light shade of eyeliner, such as pale yellow. Then, apply a deep shade of eyeshadow very close to your lash line, starting at the outside corner and working your way up and out. Put a paler shade of the same colour around the periphery of the line you’ve created (it’s an easy cheat that helps your makeup look even more softly blended). Finish with a light, frosted shade under your browbone to highlight.

FLARE’s pick: Cover Girl Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadows in Disco Ball, $4.49.

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You’ve got large, round eyes

Large eyes look bulgy when you rim the entire eyeball with a dark eyeshadow, warns Hathaway. So ignore the under-eye area completely or, if you feel too bare, use a bit of pale colour there; the main focus should be up top. Start in the centre, then move outward as you blend. Avoid creating one big, solid surface by combining matte and pearl finishes—pretty!

FLARE’s pick: Yves Saint Laurent Ombre Solo Double-Effect in Mink Brown, $32

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You’ve got wide-set eyes

“Whatever your problem area is, it’s better to play up its counterpart and just let the negative area fade away,” says Hathaway. Since you don’t want to appear to have a wide nose (even if you’ve got the perfect slant of Courteney Cox Arquette), fill in the inner corner of your eyelid with a dark shade and work your way out. Think outside the black box by choosing a shade that’s nearly noir. The hint of extra hue really sizzles.

FLARE’s pick: The Body Shop Eye Colour in Peacock Green, $12.

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