Benefit's head makeup artist, Lisa Potter-Dixon shows us how to create a sexy smokey eye for Christmas parties
Looking for a simple party makeup look that will make you feel even more sexy in that party dress? We’ll show you how to do smokey eyes – they’re really not that tricky!
We all like getting glammed up when we’re going to a Christmas party or on a night out. But, when you don’t wear much makeup during the day – or are rushing around dropping the kids off leaving you with little time to get ready – you want a natural-looking evening makeup look that will make you feel gorgeous, fast. Once you know how to do smokey eyes, you’ll be ready to party in no time at all.
Smokey eyes are so easy to do. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried them before, all you need is five minutes, your favourite eyeshadow and mascara and the confidence to give smokey eyes a go.
Not sure where to start? We know someone who can help. Benefit Cosmetics’ Head Makeup Artist, Lisa Potter-Dixon works her makeup magic on celebs and models everyday, so she knows exactly how to do smokey eyes without going OTT. Just follow her easy guide for a glam, party makeup look that will have you ready to dance in no time at all…
‘When creating an evening look, always do your eyes first. No matter how careful you are when applying a night time shadow, your base will be ruined if you do it first. To begin, prime your eye. This helps keep your eyeshadow in place and stops it creasing.’
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‘Next, define your brows using an eyebrow pencil or brow kit. This will give an instant eye lift and really open up your eyes. When picking an eyeshadow, don’t always think black or brown. Plums and metallics are really big for winter, so I’ve chosen Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Stiletto (£9.80, BenefitCosmetics). This is the only eyeshadow I’m going to use. This makes smokey eyes super easy!’
‘Apply the shadow into the centre of the eye lid, then, using a blending brush, blend the colour outwards and upwards. Take it up to the socket line, and blend out only as far as the corner of your eye. Less is more with this look. Start small as you can always add more.’
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‘Half way through building the colour, add false lashes if you’re wearing them. That way you can build the look around your lashes so it’s less dramatic. Apply shadow until you’re happy.’
Lisa knows all about lashes too. Follow her how to apply false eyelashes guide, for perfect peepers every time
‘If you’re wearing lashes, once they’re in place, apply black liner in the gap between the false lash and the inner corner of the eye. I have also applied liner under the bottom lash line then a little eyeshadow over the top to bring the whole look together.’
Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Eye Liner (£5.29, Boots) is great for smokey eyes.
‘Use your favourite lengthening mascara on the top and bottom lashes. I always use Benefit’s They’re Real mascara (£18.50, BenefitCosmetics) – it’s amazing!’
‘To make the eyes look even bigger, highlight the inner corners of the eyes and under the brow bone.’
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‘Now it’s time to start applying your base. Firstly, use a little makeup remover on a sponge or cotton bud to remove any eyeshadow that’s dropped under your eyes. Then prep the skin by cleansing, moisturising and priming, before putting your foundation on with a brush.’
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation (£8.99, Boots) is brilliant for perking up tired skin.
‘Most of us love a touch of bronzer. Using a brush, apply yours in a figure of 3 either side of your face. This will catch all the high points of your face that the sun usually tans for a natural glow.’
‘All you need is a little lip gloss to finish the look, and you’re good to go!’