CHANEL unveiled their new, interactive Makeup Studio in NYC this week and, as you'd expect, it's absolutely gorgeous.
As part of the festivities, celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee— whose clients include Sienna Miller, Diane Kruger and Keira Knightley— was on hand to share the secrets behind her signature smoky eye. Below, a few of Kate's top tips:
Smoky ≠ Gray
A smoky eye doesn't have to be dark, nor does it have to be metallic. It's all in the application and technique, so don't be afraid to experiment with the finish and intensity.
Eyes First, Base Second
To avoid "raccoon eyes," create your smoky eye, then clean the area before applying your primer and/or foundation.
Always Blend Inward
Your eye shadow should fade/stop at the socket, so be sure to blend inward with a clean, soft brush. Blend outward and you risk extending the shadow too far.
Skip the Center
For a modern, youthful finish, resist the urge to apply a light(er) eye shadow in the center of your eyelids. Simply blend the eye shadow toward the center of your eye and allow some skin to peek through, or use a touch of sheer highlighter — like those included in the CHANEL Eye Gloss Quad — for added effect.
Line Below, Shade Above
Instead of applying eye shadow around the entire eye, simply define your lower lashes with a soft kohl eyeliner and finish with a touch of mascara on the base of your lashes (only).
Glitter Is Good
Glitter isn't an everyday go-to for most of us, but, when used correctly, it can (discreetly) draw attention to your eyes as it catches light. For best results, keep the sparkles close to your top lash line, and apply it in the same shade as your base shadow.
Play With Dimension
Use a matte eye shadow powder in the socket (this creates depth) and a subtle, shimmery powder on the spots you wish to bring forward, like the inner corners of the eye.
To keep the focus on your eyes, pair this look with a natural brow, radiant complexion and barely-there lip.
If it's applied correctly, you shouldn't need to touch up your eye makeup throughout the day. A smoky eye only looks sexier as it shifts and settles, so there's no need to fuss. (If your eyelids tend to crease or get greasy, prime your skin with concealer and/or blotting paper.)
CHANEL Makeup Studio, Bloomingdale's East 59th Street at Lexington Avenue. Visit Chanel.com for additional information, or to purchase the products mentioned above.