J-LO smokey eye: tips for the smoky eyes look

Smoky eyes like JLo

Smoky eyes - is a wonderful way to highlight your eyes, make them look more dramatic. We are not going to hide the fact, that Jennifer Lopez prefers this type of eye makeup over any others. Do you want to look like J Lo? Then you need to follow our tips and create the same amazing look! Smoky eye is a classic look, super easy, even though it might not seem like it! – you just need to remember to BLEND.

So, let’s get started. Here are a couple of products that I’m using to recreate this look:

COVER FX Anti-Age Smoothing Eye Primer

Primer is very important if you want your eyeshadow to stay in place and not gather into creases for longer than the initial half hour.

Eye primer

For the colors, I’m using Urban Decay NAKED Smoky palette. It contains a range of colors, which are handy for all sorts of looks, and especially for our smoky eye look. From the palette I’ll be using the shades Dirtysweet (medium bronze), Combust (soft pink-taupe), Whiskey (rich brown matte), Black Market (jet-black satin), and Radar (metallic taupe w/iridescent micro-glitter) for a bit of sparkle.

The NAKED palette is also great because it comes with a fab double ended brush. More about brushes below!

For big, fat, smoky eye sultry lashes I’m using Benefit Beyond Mascara They’re Real!. I think I read somewhere that one if these is sold every ten seconds. Wow.

For brow definition I have Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer with a pencil on one end and a brush on the other – super handy.

So – brushes! Now, for any kind of look it’s really important to have a range of brushes. You’ll need one for blending, one for defining, and you’ll need to keep your light colors from the dark colors, so that your smoky eye doesn’t end up looking dirty rather than smoky. Aim to have at least three different brushes on hand for this look.

Use a fat fluffy brush like #41 Diffusing Brush by NARS for the base color and blending, use a small rounded pointy brush to define creases of your eye (I’m using the one that comes with the NAKED Smoky palette), and a flat short stumpy brush like the #45 Smudge Brush by NARS to get the color along your lash line.

Let’s start!

Step 1. Primer

Using the tip of your finger lightly spread and tap on the primer all over your eyelid. You only need to use a little of the product as you don’t want the excess to gather in the creases together with your eyeshadow. That would defeat the purpose of the primer.

Step 2. Colors

As a rule of thumb with eye makeup, but especially for the smoky look, you want to go from lighter colors in the inner corner of your eye to darker shades on the outer edge. Always put a little highlighter on the brow bone for definition, too. I’m starting with a big thick fluffy brush – like #41 by NARS – and applying the Combust shade from Urban Decay NAKED Smoky palette. This is my base color, and I’m putting it all over my upper lid, diffusing the color as I go so it’s a nice even translucent first layer.

Next, I’m going to highlight my brows. Using the same brush I’m applying Dirtysweet shade under the arch of my brow, and blending it in all along the hair line underneath my eyebrow.

The shades we are using next can be intimidating as they are quite dark, but do not be afraid of this look – as long as you are blending you will do great. So, once again – the brushes are super important!

Now I am taking the small rounded brush that comes with the palette, and using Whiskey shade I will define the eye socket by drawing a “C” shape: half way across the upper lid along the lashes, and then back and up along the eye socket line, defining the edge of my upper eyelid. I want a nice thick “C” shape drawn on the eye, and then I blend. Tip: Don’t go too far with the edges of the “C” shape – we want to be approximately half way across the lid.

Blend until the lines are indistinguishable. We want shades, not stripes!

Next, I’ll go across the middle section of my entire upper eyelid with the nice bronze-brown Radar shade, and then blend it in. Keep the dark colors on the outside, lighter colors on the inner corner of your eyelid, so that there’s a nice gradation from light to dark.

Next, I’m taking my flat, short, stubby brush – #45 by NARS – and using the Black Market shade I’m drawing a line along my upper eyelashes. I don’t want it to look like an eyeliner, but rather define the lash line and add depth to the outer edge of my eye, retracing the earlier “C” shape with this darker shade.

Once finished, BLEND. Don’t be afraid if you think you still look a little panda-eyed, you just need to keep on blending.

Next, I’m going to define the inner corner of my eye, which is a great way to visually “open up” the eye. I’m doing another “C” shape by tracing the lash line on the bottom lid and then going up into the lash line on the upper lid and a little further up into the inner corner of my eyelid. I’m using the Dirtysweet shade for this. And then I blend some more! (Use a clean blending brush here, as you don’t want to get the dark shadow from before on the inner corner of your eye).

Next, using the flat short brush #45 I’ll dip it into the Radar shade again and go under and along the lashes on my lower lid. J.Lo does a really thick under eye line but I won’t go as big and bold here, and will keep it a bit more subtle.

Step 3. Brows

Eyebrow pencil with a brush

Next, I will define my brows. Anastasia Brow Definer is great because you have all you need in one pencil. Using the brush end of the pencil, I brush my eyebrows first up and then using long strokes go from my nose toward my temples. Then, using the pencil I will fill in the color – using short strokes to fill the gaps between my eyebrow hairs.
Once done, I give your eyebrows another brush.

Step 4. Mascara

Lastly, mascara! Benefit Beyond Lashes They’re Real! is a really great mascara. The brush has little bristles on the tip in the shape of a ball, which are great for catching and defining all the small lashes in the inner corner of your eye, as well as bottom lashes.

And this is it, all done! Hope this was easy to follow. Would love to hear your comments, so leave me a note.


look natural not more make up i like color

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