Get The Look: The Subtle Smoky Eye


Gorgeous NY model Meaghan McKinney. Makeup by Tammerly.
I am excited to share some of my favourite makeup looks with you from photo shoots I have done in the past. This is Meaghan, a stunning professional model from New York, USA. We had worked together on a previous shoot and had so much in common that we decided to catch up one last time before she left to go back to the States.
For this shoot we chose a soft smoky eye that accentuated her gorgeous features without taking over her look or the singlets she was modelling from Jam Patch. As you can see, Meagh's eyes a smoky and sexy without looking overly dark and it is important to understand that a smoky eye does not need to be one block colour of black.


How-To Achieve the Soft Smoky Eye:
  1. Be sure to start by removing any traces of makeup including old eyeliner and mascara.
  2. Apply a good moisturiser so skin holds your base longer.
  3. Prime and apply a foundation with a slightly dewy finish. I used Face of Australia Stick Foundation in the palest shade because Meagh has gorgeous fair skin. Blend it down the neck/jawline also.
  4. Lightly powder the skin - be careful not to over-do it because we want a fresh, flawless look (not a cakey one). Try to use a powder the same shade or just one shade darker for a little warmth.
  5. Apply a light dusting of bronzer over the forehead, down the bridge of the nose and just above and under the jawline. NOTE: make it really subtle just to give the face a hint of warmth.
  6. Take a really soft pink powder blush and lightly dust it from the temple down to give it a soft, faded look - see how I did Meagh's blush above if you are unsure.
  7. Dust off excess blush off the powder and gently blend the blush so it does not look like a harsh line - natural and beautiful is the key.
  8. Prime eyes with an eyelid primer to help eye makeup stay, and prevent eyeshadow from creasing.
  9. Apply a nude toned eyeshadow from the inner corner and take it outwards to about 3/4 of the eyelid.
  10. Take a matte black powder eyeshadow and dab it in to the out corner of the eye. Very gently blend it in to a v-shape: blend the black shadow in along the eye line about 1/3 of the way in. Then blend it in to the crease without taking it in all of the way - about 1/2 way is good.
  11. Apply a soft black eye pencil (I recommend Harlotte Smudge Eye Liner in Black) and create a beautiful straight line. Start 1/3 of the way from the inner corner and take it out to the end of the eye. If you wish to see the eyeshadow above your eye's crease then gently move it with your eyeshadow brush until you are happy with the height. Take the eyeliner and softly apply it along the bottom lash line and again so not take it all the way in because it will close the eye.
  12. Apply a touch of highlighter powder along the brow bone to help blend the eyeshadow and emphasise eyes.
  13. Load up your lashes with black or charcoal grey mascara for emphasis.
  14. Fill in brows with a complementing eyeshadow to give the smoky look a polished and completed look.
  15. Apply a soft pink lipstick and do not add gloss because the look is matte and clean.
I would just LOVE to see your attempt so if you do decide to try the Subtle Smoky Eye then please send a photo in! I hope this has given you makeup inspiration and that you do decide to try this look.

What do you think of the Subtle Smoky look?