Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How To: Metallic, Smokey Eyes with MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl

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Look how rich that color is.

I don't know why it's taken me so long to post about this- the MAC Eye Kohl Pencil in Powersurge is just... NO WORDS.  It is definitely one of those beauty products that I bought and said- "How have I gone so long without you, MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl?!"  But really, in all seriousness, this pencil is ahhhmazing. 

Whether or not you are going for the metallic, smokey eye shown in the above picture, this pencil is great for most eye looks.  Instead of the harshness of a black or brown liner underneath your eyes, this gives you a much softer look.

To achieve the entire look, you can use pretty much any eyeshadow you want, but I recommend the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette.  When it comes to eyeshadow, I consider my eye the like the canvas to a painter... I pretty much layer all different eyeshadow colors to achieve the color and depth I'm going for at any particular time.  So, it makes it a little difficult for me to explain EXACTLY what I do.  But for a metallic, smokey eye, you basically want to make sure your entire eyelid and crease are blended with a metallic/brownish/smokey shade:
  • First- apply your Eyeshadow Primer. (click the link if you do not own it or you need to know what it is)
  • Next, start with a light metallic color and sweep it from your eyelid to the crease of your lid.  
  • Then, define your crease (using a crease blending brush; there is a great one in THIS SET.) with a darker shade and BLEND, BLEND, BLEND!  
  • To line the top lash line: MAC Fluidline - The end all, be all of eyeliners.  It will not budge and is much easier to apply than liquid liner. (I use blacktrack.)
  • The trick for me that makes this look easy is the M.A.C. Powersurge pencil-  it is a simple way to create the smokey-ness beneath your eye.  While you can do it with eyeshadow and a small eye brush, this pencil has STAYING POWER which makes it soooo worth it....  Plus, you don't have to worry about the eyeshadow you apply on your lower lash line from flaking all over your face and under your eye.
  • To finish, I use Benefit High Brow under my brows... obsessed with this stuff! If you don't have that, use a light-colored taupe or white shadow under your brow.
If you're at a loss from my description, here is a tutorial by a Sephora makeup artist to help you master the smokey eye in general:

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