From Cleopatra to Cara Delevingne, the smoky eye has long been a part of the makeup canon. But even the classics need updating now and then, which is exactly what we did in our recent fall/winter photo shoot.
What makes The Sooty Eye different from the classic smoky eye? Its slick, oily appearance. But don’t get it twisted—this isn’t the glossy eye! The secret to nailing this look is not a clear gloss topper but rather a thin layer of face oil. Follow these steps to get this look at home:
Next apply a powdery-cream eye shadow to your lower lids, using a fluffy brush to diffuse and extend the shadow beyond the crease. We recommend a soft black or slate-hued eye shadow that is water-resistant. We like the Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Sultry Smoke by L'Oréal Paris.
Then line the entire perimeter of your eye with a lacquered gel eyeliner. We suggest the Infallible 24 HR Lacquer Liner 24 HR in Blackest Black by L'Oréal Paris.
Now, here’s the clincher. Using your fingertips, dab a thin layer of face oil along your lower lids only. This gives The Sooty Eye its defining feature: That oil slick, tho. For the perfect bit of sheen, we used the Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Facial Oil by L'Oréal Paris.
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Makeup Artist: David Cervantes
Model: Diana CrisanPhotos: Jessica Schramm
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