Don’t miss this » Graphic blue smokey (cat) eyes

Monday, August 27, 2012

Man, I haven’t done a blue smokey eye in ages. I’m pretty sure I went with a winged shape (cat-eye makeup, winged smokey eyes, whatever you want to call it) last time, too, which just goes to show how predictable (read: boring) I am.

This time, though, I thought I’d play around a bit with shape. In the image below, you have the same look in three different ways, changed with nothing more than a dry q-tip and a couple brisk buffing motions. At left is the most wearable, basic shape; on the far right, the most winged, dramatic effect. (The full-face shots are with the eye on the right.)

I can’t believe it took me this long to try my MAC Casual Colour — I spend most of the summer bare-faced, but I’m really regretting it in this one instance. I’ve used Have A Lovely Day! here, and I’m absolutely smitten with both the colour and the formula: it’s comfortable, looks natural, and still manages to tone down my own lip colour without ending up all strange and milky.

I’ve used Senna Fantasy in the inner corners, here, then taken Annabelle Lagoon (soon to be discontinued) through the lid. The outer wing is mainly Annabelle B-Ray, darkened further with a basic matte black eyeshadow.

Don’t miss this blue smokey eye tutorial on She Said Beauty.

Products used

EYES – colour : Annabelle Mono Eyeshadow in B-Ray and Lagoon, Senna Eye Shadow (Glow) in Fantasy, NYX Eyeshadow in Black.

EYES – basics: Annabelle Smoothie Jumbo Eye Pencil in Licoriche, Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara in Extreme Black, Ellis Faas Eyeliner in Black, MAC Eye Shadow (Matte2) in Blanc Type.

LIPS AND CHEEKS: MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour in Have A Lovely Day!

SKIN: Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Light, theBalm timeBalm in Lighter Than Light, and Marcelle Face Powder in Translucent.

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27 Responses to “Don’t miss this » Graphic blue smokey (cat) eyes”

  1. that's a really soft look, but it really makes a statement. i like it a lot :D
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  2. This is so incredibly beautiful!

  3. So sweet and delicate, love it!
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  4. Thank you, hon! :)

  5. Thanks, Mariella : )

  6. Thank you! Glad you like the look :)

  7. soo gorgeous! if i had milky fair skin like yours I would definitely try blue eyeshadow more often. i seriously love this look.

  8. So pretty Rae!! LOVE the smoky look on you!
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  9. mostlysunnybunny, on August 27th, 2012 at 12:35 pm said:

    OOOO you look GREAT with a more dramatic eyeshadow shape! I only do something like this when I'm sitting around my house haha. Never had the guts to wear it out!
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  10. Thanks, Jackie! Try using richer, bluer hues for a darker skintone — this one's wearable for all skintones, imo! You just have to play around with the shades a bit

  11. Thank you, Tracy! :)

  12. Haha, same here :p I always take it off (or tone it down, w/o the winged shape) before going out. *coward*

  13. So beautiful! When I go out at night I wear something very similar to this but next time I will define the cat shape a little bit more. Lovely look.
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  14. Love that sparkle at the corner of the last picture. Really illuminated the whole picture.

    And when are you gonna show us how you take such good pictures of yourself?? HAHA! ^_^ Esp the night shots!
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  15. glittergeek, on August 28th, 2012 at 9:35 am said:

    So beautiful Rae! :) The navy smokey eye is my favourite look on you. Perfect.
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  16. You look gorgeous, Rae – and I usually hate any iterations on navy smokey eyes. I might just as well try it your way! x

  17. Thank you, Emma! Have fun with your cat-eyed shadow :)

  18. Idk; I just kind of take them! >.< The night shots are a whole other issue, but I'm not sure if I'm keeping the setup — I'd hate to publish about it only to find something better shortly thereafter!

  19. Thank you, love! I thought you'd be fond of this one ;)

  20. Ahh! *flails* Thank you so much, Monika — I hope this'll magically make navy wearable for you, too ♥

  21. toyarosie, on September 1st, 2012 at 9:51 am said:

    Love the slightly exaggerated shape of this Rae! I'm always too chicken to pull it off, but maybe one day! Somehow you make this look more wearable – I'll have to play around and see what I can come up with :)
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  22. Thanks, love! Shape has so much to do with wearability, imo — I always go in and micromanage the outline of my eyeshadow, because it makes so much of a difference. Well worth the extra couple of minutes it takes to do! ;)

  23. Ah, perfection Rae! I wish I had your lovely eye shape, you wear these looks so well!

  24. Aww, thank you, love! :)

  25. SO HOT. I think I like the almond shape version best on you, but all three are gorgeous. *pets screen in a non-creeper manner*
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  26. LOL, thank you, love :p *pets screen right back*

  27. Love this!!!
    Gonna try it out soon

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