Valentine’s Day has come and gone. I’ve been single for the majority of my life and seeing people post about their Valentine’s Day dates on social media used to make me feel jealous. Thankfully, I’ve decided to celebrate my singledom by treating myself to dinner and a movie later today. My favorite part will be doing my makeup, of course, which is why I want to show you all this anti-valentines day smoky eye.
- Full coverage concealer (preferably matte) x 1
- Translucent setting powder x 1
- Brow pomade x 1
- Brow pencil x 1
- Black felt-tip liquid eyeliner x 1
- Mascara x 1
- Black kohl eyeliner x 1
- Feel free to use 2 if you like to use a separate one for the waterline and one as a black base
- Matte black eyeshadow x 1
- Matte cranberry/red eyeshadow x 1
- Warm, light-beigey brown matte eyeshadow x 1
- Lash primer x 1 (optional)
- Angled brow & spoolie brush x 1
- Feel free to use a separate spoolie brush
- Thin, flat, and square eyeshadow brush x 1
- Fluffy blending brush x 1-2
- Tapered blending brush x 1
- Bullet domed brush x 1
- Concealer brush x 1 (optional)
- BeautyBlender x 1 (optional)
- Color Switch by Vera Mona brush cleaner x 1
ANTI-VALENTINES DAY SMOKY EYE
Take a full coverage concealer and apply it on the top and bottom eyelids. Use a BeautyBlender or a concealer brush to blend.
I’ll be taking the Tarte Shape Tape concealer in the shade “porcelain beige” because I love how it’s full coverage and doesn’t budge once I set it.
Take a spoolie brush and brush the brows so that they are pointing in their natural direction.
With an angled brush, dip into the brow pomade and outline the bottom of your brow, starting from the front to the tail. Try to follow your natural brow shape.
I really like to use the Kat Von D Beauty brush #70 for this step because it’s very sharp and thin, which makes it easier to be precise.
Dip back into brow pomade outline the top of your brow, again following the natural shape of your brow. Ideally, you want the tail to have a sharp arch.
Fill in the brows. Dip back into brow pomade and fill out the tail portion of the brow, slowly making your way to the front.
This is so that the outer portion of the brow will be darker than the front, creating a “natural” gradient effect.
Switch to a brow pencil once you reach the front of the brows that has the sparsest hair. To fill in this area, make gentle upward strokes, starting from the root of the hairs. Imagine it like you’re making gentle flicking motions.
The goal is to reduce the amount of “blank space” between these sparse hairs. However, the challenge is that you don’t want to make the front look like a block.
Blend out any harshness in the brow using the spoolie brush. Make sure that you’re happy with how the brow gradient appears.
If you find that certain areas are too harsh, especially in the front, continue using a clean spoolie brush until you are satisfied.
Dip into a little bit of concealer using a flat, square-like brush and carve out the bottom of your brow. Again, follow your brow’s natural shape.
Make sure to use short, precise strokes to clean up the brow.
Slowly make your way from the front to the tail. Make sure that the tip is sharp and precise. I used the Luxie Beauty 221 Flat Definer brush for this step.
If you think there’s too much concealer, blend downward toward the eyes, since there’s a ton of concealer there already.
If you find that the top of the brow is messy, use the same brush and concealer to carve out of the brow in small increments. Basically, do the same thing from the previous step, but work from the front to the tail of the brow instead.
Repeat all of these steps for your other brow. Try your best to make the brows look as similar as possible. Make sure to blend out any excess concealer with your brush or sponge.
Set the concealer with translucent setting powder.
I find that if I don’t set the concealer, then the folds and the oiliness of my eyelids work together and cause all of the colors to disappear. To prevent this from happening, I used the Too Faced Born This Way translucent setting powder. I find that it does a lovely job of setting my concealer without making my skin look too powdery.
Bake under the eyes using the same translucent setting powder.
Take a fluffy blending brush and place a matte, light beige eyeshadow in the crease. Make sure there aren’t any harsh lines.
The brush I’m using for this step is the BH Cosmetics Studio Pro #5 brush. I’m also using “Warm Taupe” from the Modern Renaissance palette.
Using a tapered blending brush, take a matte cranberry shade and blend above the crease and into the inner corner.
I’m using the shade “Love Letter” from the same palette with a BH Cosmetics V5 brush. Then take that same Zoeva brush and apply the cranberry shade to the lower lashline.
Use a clean fluffy blending brush and blend (duh) the two colors together using small circular motions. This will help the two colors blend nicely together and reduce any harshness that might be there. I want this to look as smoky as possible, and in order for that to happen, I find that blending with clean brushes helps a lot. I used the Cozzette S175 brush for this step.
Dip into a matte black shade using a bullet domed brush and tap lightly right into the crease and outer corner. Take a smaller blending brush to blend it out.
Since the Modern Renaissance palette doesn’t have a black eyeshadow, I just went and used the “Blackout” single eyeshadow from Urban Decay. I found that the Makeup Geek Small Crease brush was the best tool to apply the black eyeshadow in precise spots, then blended it out with a Morphe E17 brush.
Reapply the matte cranberry shade to bring back the color’s intensity. Again, blend with a clean fluffy blending brush (I used the Juvia’s Place J127 Precision brush). However, I would make sure to not have the cranberry and black shades mingle too much, which might create a blackened purple color.
I’m going to take the Kat Von D Beauty Basketcase liner and apply it all over the lid and up to where I originally placed the black shadow in the crease. I’m also applying it carefully into my outer corner.
This will serve as my black base and will help really make the black eyeshadow look more intense.
I’m going back to the same black eyeshadow and patting it on wherever I put the black base.
Like I said before, the black eyeshadow on top of the black base should look more intense. So, keep carefully applying the black eyeshadow with a flat packing brush until you can’t see the outline of the black base anymore. The packing brush I used was the Sigma E60 brush.
Feel free to go back and reapply the matte cranberry shade if you think the black has become overpowering. Again, try to avoid creating a darkened purple shade (unless you want that, of course). I found that using the BH V5 was too big for precise placement, so I switched over to the Luxie Beauty 231 brush.
Take a flat smudge brush and apply the black shadow to your lower lash line.
Use a black liquid felt tip liner and apply it as close to the lash line as possible. Follow the natural shape of your eye.
I used a felt-tip eyeliner from a Japanese brand called Heroine Make.
I think I mentioned this trick in my last makeup tutorial.
Apply a black kohl liner into the waterline.
Feel free to use the same liner you used for your black eyeshadow base.
Apply mascara to top and bottom lashes. I used the Ciate Wonderwand mascara for this step.
Put on a pair of dramatic false eyelashes. I really wanted my eyes to look dramatic, so I chose “Carina” by Black Moon Cosmetics.
Apply more mascara to blend your natural lashes to the falsies, if necessary.
Brush away the translucent setting powder, along with any eyeshadow fallout.
If you find that there is still a bit of fallout remaining after brushing away the powder, I would suggest using the powder-covered sponge and lightly tapping over the specks until they’ve faded away.
That’s it for this anti-valentines day matte smoky eye tutorial.
I know that this look isn’t very “complicated” or “technical” when comparing it to all of the other makeup looks I’ve seen people do on Instagram, but I feel that smoky eyes tend to be overlooked since they don’t feature a lot of precise lines, unlike cut creases and Bratz doll recreations. I’m not going to lie, though, this particular smoky eye was a challenge because getting black and cranberry shades to work together tends to yield poor results. I struggled with getting both pigments to stand out on their own, yet blend seamlessly into one another. For a while, they were like siblings, rivaling each other for the mother’s attention.
Okay, I will pretend I just didn’t make that weird comparison… I seriously have no idea why I just said that.
Thankfully, this video by Desi Perkins was extremely helpful in that it taught me how to use a creamy black base for the black eyeshadow:
Putting a little bit of black eyeshadow right into the crease was what really helped me get the two eyeshadow colors to work together. I honestly feel much more confident about doing smoky eyes after watching that video.
Speaking of videos, although I couldn’t find the specific Kat Von D Beauty video I referenced earlier, here are a few tutorials by some of the artists from the Kat Von D Beauty Artistry Collective team:
There’s also the Glam & Gore video I shared in my first makeup tutorial if you want to check that out as well. I figured it would be beneficial to share these videos, just in case my instructions were a bit unclear.
Now that I’ve gotten that statement out of the way, I want to talk a little more about why this tutorial means a lot to me.
In my last post, I talked a lot about the loneliness I’d been feeling. I came to realize that a lot of that loneliness has stemmed from my lack of self-esteem and confidence. I’ve become so brainwashed by our culture’s idea that happiness is having a big house, a lot of money, and squeezing out as many babies before you turn thirty. I’m not saying that those are bad things to obtain in life, but at the same time, being twenty-six years old and still living with my family makes me feel like I’m not living up to that standard, and therefore am living a mediocre life.
But I no longer believe that sentiment. Instead of worrying about how society thinks I should live my life, I will just focus on living my life for myself and becoming the person I aspire to be.
Style plays a huge part in that, which is why this tutorial signifies a lot more than just being a regular makeup tutorial. It signifies that I’m following my own path, choosing how I want to present myself to the world.
I want to be someone who is bold, mysterious, classy, and colorful, and I feel that this look perfectly exemplifies these qualities. What I’m trying to say is that this look is the starting point for living my best life. It’s going to be a while before things really take off, but I’m looking forward to making changes to my life.
So for all of you reading this that feel lonely or that your life doesn’t have much meaning, it’s never too late to make changes.
Maybe this would be the perfect time to try out a new hobby or take yourself out to dinner. As you get older, the smallest changes can really alter your outlook on life.
What changes will you be making to your life? Do you think you’ll try taking yourself on solo-dates? Did you have your own Anti-Valentine’s Day? Feel free to leave your answers in the comment section.
Until my next post, I hope you all take good care of yourselves.