Smokey eyes

To walk in my first fashion show, I mentioned that I had to do my own nails, hair, and makeup. You can read all about my new manicure here in this post, and all about the fashion show here in this post. Now it’s time to detail how I did my makeup for the show!

The designer Annie Moe wanted dramatic, smokey eyes as the makeup look for the show. I don’t usually wear much makeup, so OF COURSE I immediately set about researching YouTube video tutorials. Here are two helpful videos I watched for tips on how to do smokey eyes:


Below is my bare, moisturized, and makeup-free face before starting out, both with and without glasses. (Side note:  Glasses really do help create a “focus” for a face, don’t they?)

Librarian for Life + Style | Before makeup collage


And here’s how I looked after doing all my makeup! Such a difference, right?! I went for bolder eyes — and eyebrows! — and kept the lipstick a more natural pink. Also, it’s been a loooooooooong time since I’ve worn blush, y’all.

Librarian for Life + Style | After makeup collage

Librarian for Life + Style| Smokey eyes

A library colleague had passed along some Mary Kay makeup samples to me, and I used some of my own makeup, as well. Here are details on all the makeup I used:

Librarian for Life + Style | Makeup used for smokey eyes makeup look

For the smokey eyes:

For the face:

For the lips:

Below are a couple of closeups of the smokey eyes. I went more subtle and smudge-y with the eyeliner, and I kept blending, blending, blending eyeshadows in small circles into the creases and corners of my eyelids. I also darkened slightly the beauty mark off my left eye.

Librarian for Life + Style| Smokey eyes closeup

Librarian for Life + Style| Smokey eyes closeup

It was fun for a day, but it took me A LONG TIME to do this full face of makeup! So this is definitely not an everyday makeup routine for me, but I did enjoy the end result. Plus, it helped give me a bit more confidence to walk in my first fashion show! 😀

You can also see me all made up when I was photographed for an NEA photo shoot, and here after I had a facial and makeup session at Aveda.

Have you tried the “smokey eye” makeup look? If so, do you then go for a bold or neutral lip? Please leave a comment and share!

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4 thoughts on “Smokey eyes

  1. karenstrand

    I LOVE your smokey eye look! I also enjoyed watching the how to video. Since I need to wear glasses for up close, I find it so difficult to do my eye make up well with out my glasses on. You did a great job with look.

  2. Erikka (@akkire)

    Hey Jen, I recently tried “real” make up and smokey eyes too and completely agree – it took forEVER! It made me wonder how women who look that put together on the daily make the time to do that! I watched youtube as well, and was suprised at how awesome and easy it was to follow someone good at giving directions. For the longest time I didnt think of myself as someone who could “do” make up – but yes I can! Your makeup looked great!


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