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I am a born and bred New Yorker, mom of two little girls who loves
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Spring Beauty Trends- The Smoky

Spring Beauty Trends- The Smoky

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I am always looking for a quick and easy makeup look to wear out to dinner, to parties, or anywhere that requires a little more luxe than the everyday. At the end of a busy day I rarely save enough time to get glam for a night out. I usually have the best intentions to leave myself a full hour for outfit choosing, hairstyling and makeup time but to be honest this rarely happens. More often than not my getting ready routine looks like a scene from a Muppet movie, with me playing a frantic Miss Piggy juggling dresses, curlers and makeup.

I was so thankful when Rebecca Casciano  showed me how to quickly and simply get the perfect smokey eye using all green products! I am pleased to report I have tried The Smoky several times myself with great results. Now if only someone could teach me how to use a curling iron as easily…

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Get the Look:

The Basics

Using your finger tips or a foundation brush, apply foundation (RMS beauty Un-Cover Up) to the face and blend evenly. For under eye discoloration, apply a small amount of concealer (Tarte Dark Circle Defense) directly to the area with your finger tip or a concealer brush. Powder (with Alima Pure Satin Finishing Powder) to set and minimize shine, if desired.

Fill in your existing brow shape lightly with a brow pencil (Shoba Brow Pencil). Choose a shade or two lighter than your brow color. Using a brow groomer, brush through color to soften.

The Smoky

Prep the lid with a light application of concealer or primer.

Apply a neutral eyeshadow like Nvey Eco Organic Eye Shadow  in 168 as a base all over the lid, from lash line to brow bone.

With a fluffy blending brush, add a taupe eyeshadow such as Nvey Eco Organic Eye Shadow in 153 to the crease of the eyelid.

Apply Korres Metallic Grey Eyeshadow with a stiff paddle brush on the entire eye lid, from lash line to crease.

Then add a darker grey like Zuzu Luxe Gem Eyeshadow (go for black or more definition) to the top and bottom lash line with a small angled brush or a pencil brush.

Blend the line away from the lash line to create the "smoky" effect.

Curl lashes with a lash curler and add a few coats of black mascara (100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara) to top and bottom lashes.

Add a fresh glow to the cheeks with a soft pink blush like Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Amused.

Since the focus of this look is eyes, keep lips low-key with a natural color like Jane Iredale PureGloss in Cotton Candy.

 

 

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