Smoky Eye Techniques For Bigger And Smaller Eyes

Smoky eyes, oh how popular a look – it just never gets old. A modern classic that suits so many occasions. However, there is one dreaded, undesired side-effect: too much dark pigment can make your eyes look smaller, the more so if you’re wearing spectacles. In today’s post, our make-up artists share with you their best time-tested advice.
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 Three quick reminders to get us all on the same page:

1. When we talk about eye size, we imply that we love them all. There is no too big or too narrow – beauty manifests itself in infinitely many ways.

2. When we define whether eyes are big or small, we never compare them to another person’s facial features, we always look at the overall harmony of each given face.

3. Sometimes, beauty experts do suggest that you’d make your big, round eyes appear smaller to “harmonise” – or that with your narrow eyes, certain colours are a no-go. Take such advice with a grain of salt! Define what’s beautiful to you individually, then take advantage of clever beauty products that will let your beauty shine, even if it means erring on the side of subtle understatement or bold exaggeration.

Smoky Eye Tips For Big Eyes…

…or if you don’t mind a lot of bejewelled black sparkle around your eyes.

Highlight first.
Illuminate the inner corners of your eyes using the shimmering shade of our EYES WIDE OPEN Brightening Liner Duo 'Glacier Flower' (1), extend the effect by applying the bright, sparkling gold shade of the brand new SILK AETHER Long-lasting Duo Cream Shadow 'Birdwing Beauteous' (2) on top and on the inner third of your moving lid.
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Darken next.
Line your waterline and tightline your upper lash line (FELINE GAZE Eye Khol 'Salome' is ideal). Using the same Eye Khol pencil, shade your moving lid, except the brightened inner part, up unto the crease and blend well with a clean Crease Brush 011. Dab a rich shimmering black cream eye shadow on top (SILK AETHER Long-lasting Duo Cream Shadow 'Birdwing Beauteous' has the most mesmerising black iridescence), again, blend well.
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 And finally, sparkle.
Any modern take on smoky eyes includes some sort of added finish – colour, matt or shimmering effect. We suggest a hearty dose of diamond sparkle.
First, generously trace your upper lash line with a sparkling eyeliner (DEVOTION INK Quartz Eyeliner 'Anthracite Essence' is our favourite), then, using the fine Eye Liner Brush 013, dab some of the Quartz Eyeliner sparkling liquid across the upper lid.
Finish with two coats of our best-selling, super lengthening and defining UBIQUITOUS Magnitude Mascara in 'Titanian', a wet-effect deep black.

Smoky Eye Tips For Small/ Narrow Eyes…

…or if you want to subdue the dramatic effect for a subtler, softer take on smoky eyes.

Our brand new SILK AETHER Long-lasting Duo Cream Eye Shadow shade ‘Birdwing Beauteous’ lets you create as many shades of shimmering platinum greys as you desire. Go from a subtle sparkly grey up to a dark anthracite by blending together the metallic blue-black and the rosé-laced champagne tones of ‘Birdwing Beauteous’.
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Light it up.
Illuminate the inner corners of your eyes by applying the shimmering, muted powder pink shade of our EYES WIDE OPEN Brightening Liner Duo 'Glacier Flower' (1).
Next, turn the Liner and lighten up your waterline using the light and neutral beige cream side (2) of ‘Glacier Flower’. This colour is so gentle and soft, it will not create any harsh contrasts or look unnatural.
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Keep it light.
Apply the champagne sparkling shade of SILK AETHER Long-lasting Duo Cream Shadow 'Birdwing Beauteous' to the inner side of your eyes and the inner third of your moving lids.
Gently shade the outer thirds of your moving lids and the crease with a grey Eye Khol pencil line (FELINE GAZE Eye Khol 'Lilith'), blend well.
Blend the two colours of SILK AETHER Long-lasting Duo Cream Shadow 'Birdwing Beauteous' to obtain your preferred light to medium platinum grey that you then quickly dab on top of the shaded area and again, blend very well.
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Twinkle, twinkle.
Your next option – to add festive sparkle – is to choose either a contrasting or a subtle eyeliner colour. Choose DEVOTION INK Quartz Eyeliner in ‘Opalescence Essence’ to add just the amazing brilliance and sparkle or ‘Anthracite Essence’ to get more contrast.
With the Quartz Eyeliner of your choice, generously draw a winged shape along your upper lash line. Using the fine Eye Liner Brush 013, dab some of the Quartz Eyeliner sparkling liquid across the upper lid.
Finish with two coats of our best-selling, super lengthening and defining UBIQUITOUS Magnitude Mascara in 'Titanian'. For an extra “frosted” and wintery magic big-eye-effect, dab a tiny bit of Quartz Eyeliner to the very ends of your lashes to extend the sparkle.

And this was our festive guide to smoky eyes.
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