Beauty

The Three Minute Smoky Eye

By Shannon Peter

By Shannon Peter

Since my first flick-through of December’s ELLE, a post-it note with the words ‘must-try’ scrawled across it, has been firmly attached to page 268 - this gorgeous ‘Deep Purple’ make-up look by Revlon’s Gucci Westman.

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This smoky eye comes with gothic drama and girly glamour in equal measures and after lots of practise, I’ve worked out how to recreate it in only five steps, and a mere 3 minutes of work. It couldn’t be more ideal for a quick makeover in the office bathroom before heading out this evening.

1 minute – Smudge the light pink shade from the No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow Duo in Iridescent Purple across the entire eyelid, blending out from the eye socket up to the brow bone.

30 seconds - Layer with the dark plum shade on the eyelid as far as the eye socket and blend where the two shades meet.

10 seconds – Dust the same eyeshadow shade along the lower lash line for an extra dose of smoke.

20 seconds – Lightly line the top lashline with Le Crayon Kohl Intense Eye Pencil by Chanel £17 and smudge to keep the look soft and romantic.

1 minute – Apply two layers of mascara to the upper and lower lashes, allowing time for the coats to dry inbetween. Volume Million Lashes Excess Mascara, £10.99 by L’Oreal Paris is my all time favourite mascara for faking falsies and creating perfectly separated, big volume lashes.

And there you have it, a sultry smoky eye in 180 seconds. Feel free to experiment with colour; a rich emerald green or an inky blue would make great alternatives.

For more tips on how to recreate gorgeous party looks like this one, take a look inside the December issue of ELLE and have your post-it notes at the ready…

Image by David Slijper

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