Trend Tuesday: Celeb Smoky Eyes
Smoky eyes are never far from the catwalk and are a fail-safe look for making an impact at prom. This season they’re back with vengeance, so to pay homage to the most classic, eye-popping trend around, we’ve gathered together our fave smoky eye red carpet looks ever, plus a few hints and tips on how to bring them bang up to date for prom.
We all remember Emma Watson’s show-stopping outfit for the New York première of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, made iconic by those amazing metallic peepers. This statement look is not for the faint-hearted as it relies on heavily smudged brown/black and gold shadows right up to the brow line. This look would be ideal for teaming with the season’s Baroque trend or add a pop of colour for a contemporary prom look and smudge gold tones with peacock purples, greens and blues.
A slightly grungy look is a top trend for Autumn/Winter and a daring take on the classic smoky eye. Copy Mina by smudging your shadow to just under the brow bone, taking it all the way under the bottom lash line. Blend out a few millimetres, then outline the rim with a black Kohl pencil and finish with lashings of mascara.
If you have small eyes and the thought of blackening up to your brow bone seems a little intimidating, go for Emma stone’s pretty and playful look with a solid outline in teal. Soften the look by smudging the outer corners and finish with a flick to accentuate the almond shape of your eyes. This season opt for a royal purple or cobalt blue eyeliner pencil to match your prom dress.
Smoky eyes are a fast route to über sophistication, so if you’ve got a baby face then reach for a Kohl pencil. Lea went for more drama than a Rachel Berry performance of Rain On My Parade at this year’s Oscar Awards, adding a little silver metallic shadow to a heavy smoke to perfectly complement her gown. This season is all about a nude face and pinky cheeks, which is ideal teamed with such a dramatic eye.
You don’t have to go for a black eyeshadow or pencil to achieve a smoky eye with impact, as Kristen Stewart demonstrated at The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 LA première. Dusky purples, blues and greys work especially well – simply blend across the lid getting darker towards the outer corners. Extend all the way out to the brow bone to elongate eyes a la Kristen.