I love makeup; I love discovering new products and creating endless looks. However, apart from the occasions where I’m either doing makeup on someone else or I’m in the mood to try something new, I’m very impatient and prefer to be practical and get to the results with minimal effort.
And lets face it, not all of us have the time to create masterpieces on a daily basis but that doesn’t mean we should compromise the end result. So, just to prove a point that you don’t really need 50 million eyeshadows, countless number of products or hours to create different looks, I’ve decided to do this 1 product 5 looks post. So, here we go:
All I used for the 5 looks above was 1 eye pencil, a basic black from MAC called Smoulder. I did some of the smudging and blending using Sigma’s E30 pencil brush – you can get it here ; but the rest was done with some careful application and the help of Q-tips and makeup remover to clean up any mess. I stripped it back to the absolute basics so you can play with the looks to your liking, making them more intense, more subtle, change the color of the pencils and add as much or little mascara and even falsies if you like.
This is the most effortless yet effective look, especially for daytime. Smudging the liner at the base of the lashes will define the eyes but also make the base of the lashes look much fuller.
Draw a line, as close to the base of the lashes as possible and smudge either using a pencil brush, sponge applicator or Q-tip. You can intensify this look with lots of mascara or even falsies, as well as by lining the inner rim of the eyes.
SMUDGED CAT EYE
Draw a line as close to your lashline as possible and flick the outer end up towards the tail end of your brow. With a pencil brush, smudge the line starting halfway at the pupil of your eye going towards the end of the flick. The trick is to keep the color darker along the base of the lashline and smudge it upwards til it fades into your skin. You can build the intensity of the color by re-applying the pencil and blend.
CLASSIC CAT EYE
Draw a sharp, medium size line along your lashline, flicking the end up towards the tail end of your brows. You can alter the angle, thickness and length of the flick depending on your preferred intensity.
A classic cat eye like this looks even more beautiful with plenty of mascara and even false lashes flaring out towards the end of the eyes to compliment the flick.
Traditionally, I would use a gel or liquid liner for such an intense look but again, for the purpose of this exercise, I just wanted to show you that you can definitely achieve this look with a pencil liner. I would recommend a long lasting, colorstay liner so that the line doesn’t smudge or move.
Draw the same line as you would the classic cat eye, but this time extend a flick towards the inner corner of the eye too. Once you get the desired thickness and shape, join the two flicks with a thick line along the lower lashline.
Possibly the easiest way to do a smokey eye is to cover the entire eyelid with an eye pencil or chubby pencil and blend it out. Again, a colorstay formula would work best, to ensure the color doesn’t smudge or move too much.
You can check out my smokey eye tutorial here to see how I blend out the eyeliner into a perfect smoke. The trick is to keep the intensity of the color closer to the lashline and blend it out so it smoothly transitions into your own skin color. Lining the bottom lashline and smudging it out the same way, as well as lining the inner rim of the eyes will bring this look together perfectly!
As you can see, we don’t always need the most expensive or extensive range of makeup products to achieve different looks. Makeup is art, it’s fun and versatile and it will go as far as your imagination ;)
What do you guys think of the looks above?
Do you have any time saving tips and tricks you can share with us?