The very term smoky-eye conjures up the image of a sultry temptress - doesn't it?
And as the words 'sultry' and temptress' are not often associated with women over a certain age, you may think that this is not a look for you.
Well - yes and no! I would say that an older woman can get away with a nice subtle version of a smoky eye but maybe you need to steer clear of anything too vampy.
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Start with an eye primer
Older eyelids can be discoloured, oily and also crêpey in texture. An eye primer is the way to correct all of these problems.
LFF Eye Prime is flesh coloured which neutralises any discolouration and will form a nice, smooth, oil-free surface for the shadows you will apply.
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Decide which colours you will use and make sure you have two tones of that colour
Say your chosen colour is grey, you will need an eye shade like LFF Charcoal and a paler grey/brown (Taupe).
If you want to use brown tones then you'll need a dark brown (Cocoa), and mid grey/brown (Taupe)
Or you could choose green or purple - just remember to have two eye shadows - one dark and one mid tone.
Always use matte shadows
This is very important on an older eyelid as it is far more flattering than anything shiny or glittery. LFF offer six matte shades.
Start at the lash line with the darkest colour
Using a wedge brush push the shadow into the base of the eyelashes. This will make your eyelashes look thicker. Smudge the line slightly with an ear bud or a shadow brush.
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Using the mid-tone colour, cover most of the eyelid
Use a shadow blending brush and work the shadow into the eyelid (on top of the primer). Use circular movements to ensure that it is fully blended.
Now mix the darker and mid tone together
Apply into and above the socket line and on the outer half of the eyelid. Ensure that the shades are fully blended, preferably using a clean shadow brush - you should not create a striped effect.
Apply a line under the lower lashes
Use the mid-tone again and a wedge brush, and smudge with an ear bud. Don't apply too heavily but try to balance the darkness of the shading on the eyelids.
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Add the finishing touches with Brow Shape and mascara
All eye makeup is improved with a frame of well-shaped eyebrows at the top and well-defined eyelashes at the bottom.
I would also suggest that for a special occasion you curl your lashes first so that they look extra glamorous.
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Choose a really soft and pale lip colour to complete the look
Beware of adding (say) a vibrant red with your smoky eye makeup or you might look a bit scary! So just keep the cheek and lip colour light and fresh and you will look dramatic rather than drama queen.
My final bit of advice would be to try these ideas before any special event - that way you can decide just how smoky you want to go.
I would suggest that you steer clear of excessively dark and heavy eyelid treatments but using these techniques you should be able to create a nice sultry 'femme fatale' effect.
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About Tricia Cusden
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