Team MDC is always on the lookout for exceptional beauty experts to help us bring you fun and useful advice about hair, makeup and skin care. Today, we’re delighted to have Florida-based professional makeup artist Melisa Jean-Charles share her secrets for making a look traditionally reserved for evenings appropriate for all hours of the day.
Smoky eyes during the daytime? Say what?! Yes, ladies, it can be done and done well at that. In fact, when done correctly, it can look great and draw attention to your eyes by emphasizing their color and shape. Achieve that subtle daytime smoky eye by choosing the right eye shadow colors such browns, grays and plums as opposed to black, which can be a bit harsh and dramatic for daytime wear. Follow along as fellow professional makeup artist Emma Willis and I share with you how to create this sexy-yet-subtle look.
daytime smoky eye
1. Create a flawless canvas. Cover blemishes and any discoloration on the face with foundation and concealer. And make sure to brighten under the eyes by concealing those pesky under-eye dark circles. Then apply a flesh-toned cream base on the entire eyelid. Now you’re ready to add color.
Product picks: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Lancôme Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base
 
2. Layer base colors. Sweep a neutral shade all over the lid from lashline to brow, this will help the other shadows blend more effortlessly later. Next, layer a light purple on the inner eyelid and blend into center of lid.  Leave outer corner of eyelid bare.
Product picks: Lancôme Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Sienna Sultry, L’Oréal Studio Secrets Professional Eyeshadow Quad in Earthscape
 
3. Smoke it out. With a fluffy brush, apply a medium brown eye shadow to the crease to add depth to the eye. On the outer corner of the eyelid, apply a darker brown and blend into the lighter brown to achieve that smoky effect. Also, smudge the dark brown under the lower lash line.
 
4. Apply the finishing touches. Define the upper lashline by applying a cream eyeliner in black with an angled brush and finish off the eyes with a couple of coats of mascara. Choose a nude lipstick or lip gloss and let your smoky eyes be the showstopper.
Product picks: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Washable Mascara in Very Black, Make Up For Ever Aqua Creamliner Waterproof Cream Eyeliner
 
Would you wear this smoky eye to work or daytime brunch? Tell us in the comments!
 
Photos: Joshua M Shelton Photography
Hair and Makeup: Emma Willis for Contour Fossa
Model: Carrlyn Bathe