Blue Smoke

Blue is by far one of the hottest shades for fall. Nail polish, eyeshadow, eyeliner and even lipstick are all popping up in sophisticated shades of denim, cobalt, periwinkle and navy. While “blue eyeshadow” might sound scary to some (and bring up visions of Mimi from The Drew Carey Show), I wanted to show just sophisticated it can look in a simple smokey eye.

Pairing any smokey eye with a warm blush and nude lip is a classic combo that enhances the look without going overboard. This smokey eye technique is also super quick and easy, so it’s a good one to keep in mind when you’re in a rush!

Click here to see the step-by-step tutorial for creating this look!
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  • Step 1

    Even out the complexion with L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation ($13) and a damp sponge (I used shade 202 Creamy Natural on Alex). I love this formula because it lasts all day, let’s Alex’s freckles show through and totally looks like real skin.

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  • Step 2

    Brighten under the eyes and hide dark circles with Smashbox Studio Skin 24HR Waterproof Concealer ($25). This concealer won’t crease or budget throughout the day and it doesn’t need to be set with powder!

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  • Step 3

    Warm up the skin with a soft, luminous bronzer like the essence Sun Club Shimmer Bronzing Powder ($4) in Sunloved and a large fluffy brush. Sweep along cheekbones, the forehead, nose and chin for a sunkissed glow. I’m not using a highlighter in this look, so the slight bit of luminosity in the bronzer will give a healthy glow to the complexion.

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  • Step 4

    Add a flush of natural color to the cheeks with the new Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo ($42) in Flesh & Fantasy. I swirled the two shades together and blended onto the apples of the cheeks. This shade is amazing because it looks totally natural and won’t overpower the smokey eye.

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  • Step 5

    Wet a synthetic eyeshadow brush and apply the navy shade (the middle one) from the Yves Saint Laurent Summer 2016 Couture Palette ($60) in Savage Escape and apply all over the lid from lashline to crease. Using a damp brush transforms the powder eyeshadow into a metallic, cream-like texture with intense pigmentation.

    Since this eyeshadow palette is limited-edition, another great alternative would be the NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Giove.

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  • Step 6

    Let the damp eyeshadow dry for at least 10 minutes then take a clean blending brush and softly diffuse the edges. Once the eyeshadow dries, it can be used like a powder again and will blend into the crease with ease, creating a smokey effect (I still hold a paper towel below the eye to ensure no fall-out ruins the complexion).

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  • Step 7

    Use a pencil brush to apply some of the same color to the lower lashline, softly blending it out at the outer corner of the eye.

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  • Step 8

    Use a precise brush to pick up the pale, shimmery blue shade in the same eyeshadow palette and apply to the inner corner of the eye. This step is optional, but I love the pop of brightness it adds to contrast the deep, smokey look.

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  • Step 9

    Line the upper lashline with the Too Faced Sketch Marker ($20) in Black, creating a wing at the outer corners. You could also go for a black eye pencil and soften it with a brush for an even smokier look!

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  • Step 10

    Finish off the eyes with a few coats of Smashbox X-Rated Mascara ($22) to upper and lower lashes for tons of volume, length and definition.

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  • Step 11

    Fill in brows and groom into shape with Givenchy Mister Brow Filler ($27). Alex already has great, full brows so she doesn’t need a lot of filling in and this tinted brow gel is perfect for her.

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  • Step 12

    Complete the look with a soft, nude lip. I used Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22) in C105, a gorgeous natural nude shade that compliments the smokey eye perfectly. I also blotted Alex’s lips lightly with a tissue to remove excess moisture and shine for a bit more of a matte finish.

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