When faced with a Christmas party dilemma how to do smoky eyes quick, I didnt hesitate when it came to expert help. Terry Barber, MACs Director of Make-up Artistry for the UK & Ireland is the authority on sexy, sultry make-up (or morning-after-the-night-before as he calls it). Having watched him work his magic countless times backstage I know I can rely on him to create the ultimate smoky eyes with just a couple of flicks of his brush. Follow this step-by-step guide and youll have party-ready eyes in no time.
1. Start with your base. I'm using Mac's Studio Sculpt foundation in NC30, £22.50 a golden tone that adds warmth and looks great paired with smoky eyes and soft lip colour. Honey shades work well with dark eyes making the overall effect one of diffused softness.
2. I'm skipping shadow and just going straight for the liner - I want it to look really buffed and blended. Technakohl in Graph Black, £12.50 is one of my favourite pencils, it's ultra soft so you can blend easily but once it's on it stays put.
3. Draw a thick line along the top lash line and pull out slightly into a wing. With a small thin brush buff along the line to break it down and get it looking worn in. Next draw along the waterline (the inner rim of your eyes) for added intensity. Using Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline, £12.50 (it's the inkiest black you'll find) trace under your eyes on your lower lash line and smudge in with your finger.
4. Next take a soft grey shadow like Eyeshadow in Print, £11 and using a tiny amount on a narrow brush press on to lids. The shadow helps set the pencil and gives eyes a soft-focused, airbrushed look - the look is melted liner not sculpted shadow so don't use too much.
5. Lots of black mascara is a great partner to smoky eyes but make sure you push it right into the roots so you get that depth of jet black. Use the tip of the wand to catch individual hairs and to 'fan' out lashes to add more impact. If your eyes are really round only add to your top lashes to give a narrowing, 'cat-like' effect.
6. A sweep of Brow Set in Clear, £10 is all I'm using on the brows - the look is about sexy, dark eyes so the brows shouldn't take too much of the focus.
7. A sweep of Bronzer in Golden, £16 will pop honeyed skin beautifully, just sweep along cheekbones and into temples. I love a bit of strategic highlighting but dont overdo it so it looks WAG-ish. Press Cream Colour Base in Shell, £12.50 along cheekbones, brow bones, cupid's bow and the bridge of the nose but avoid the tip, it'll look sweaty as opposed to dewy.
8. Next, lips. Rather than pair dark eyes with a boring beige, I love lips with a hint of rose. Soak lips in lip balm first then create a sculpted edge with Lip Pencil in Dervish, £10 that looks like the colour of rubbed lips. Don't be afraid to push the shape a bit so you get a strong, symmetrical outline. Fill in your lips with the pencil then add a Lipstick in Snob, £12 over the top. It's a cool lilac pink mix and works so well with honey skin and soft graphite eyes.