It’s really no secret that I am terrible at doing makeup. Considering I spend most of my days learning tips and tricks from the best makeup artists in the business and getting the lowdown on the new formulas and products set to make application easier, it’s pretty shocking how subpar my makeup skills are.
And while, over the years, I have become confident in my ability to apply a base, place my blusher and contour the hell out of my face, the one area I still need serious help with is my eyes. As every makeup artist loves to remind me, my eyes turn downwards and are slightly hooded, thus making following any sort of one-rule-fits-all eye-makeup tutorials incredibly difficult.
And it is at this time of the year (i.e., party season) when a smoky-eye look reigns supreme that I find myself getting most frustrated. I spend far too many hours of my evenings agonising over eye makeup. Achieving a high-impact smoky eye without my patience wearing thin is, I have learned, too much to ask. So this year, I decided to put an end to my smoky-eye incompetence and seek some one-to-one professional help.
Before party season really kicks off next week, I gave my go-to makeup artist extraordinaire, Mira Parmar, a call so that she could talk me through every step. These are the tips she gave me on how to nail an easy smoky eye every time.
This is a step that I can categorically say I have neverdone before applying my eye makeup. It turns out that prepping your eyelids is a thing.As in, people actually do it. Who knew?
According to Parmar, creating a clean, smooth base for your shadow to go onto can make all of the difference in blending and the overall finish. “Make sure your eyelids are clean, and prep them with a concealer or lid primer. I like the Urban Decay one,” she says.
I must admit I own a shameful number of eye shadow palettes for someone who has no idea what they’re doing. With all of the choice, I struggled to know where to start. “You can use any shadows or palette to create a smoky eye as long as there is a mix of lighter and darker shades. Just find a palette you love,” Parmar advises.
Wanting to make sure I got it right, I asked her for her top palettes of choice and opted for Vieve The Essential Palette.
“Once you have chosen your shades, use a medium to light colour all over the eyelids,” she says. The truth is I probably went a little bit too dark for my usual style but also felt as though I might as well go the whole hog.