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Smoulder Session: Master your race day smoky eye

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. A well-executed smoky eye is an infallible match for every racing occasion, because, let’s say it together, black goes with everything. The original neutral gives your eyes depth and structure, maximising your lash thickness and making your irises all the more alluring. Be sure to keep your millinery minimal, you will want to show off your smoky eye with as much light on your peepers as possible.

A smoky eye is a feat of engineering. First, you must build a stable foundation, ensuring your base makeup is adequately set with powder and your lids are primed, so in the event of an accident resulting in shadow fallout on your cheek area, you can simply brush it off. Preparing this base also means you won’t have a four o’clock shadow in your under-eye bags, so you are set to smize all day long.

The smoky eye structure is a combination of textures from crayon to liquid liner, combined to create impact. Prepare to smudge, sculpt and smooth with your arsenal of brushes and shadow shades for a seamlessly blended fade. Finish with a generous lashing of mascara and your eyes will catch anything you desire at the track.

Light up your next race day look with a little assistance from charcoal aficionado Sophie from Media Makeup

Step 1: Start by smudging a pencil eyeliner (aqua xl D12) all over the eyelid and use a small dense brush to blend it out up to the crease - this will help stick your eyeshadows to the lid and make them last all day.

Step 2: Blend a cool brown (artist colour shadow M549) through the crease and onto the lower lash line.

Step 3: Pat a gunmetal grey shimmery pigment over the lid (star lit powder 28) and blend up to the crease. Blend onto the outer half of the lower lash line to make eyes more cat-eye shaped.

Step 4: Add a thin line of eyeliner (aqua xl ink liner) .

Step 5: Apply a waterproof pencil eyeliner (aqua xl D12) to the outer half of waterline - only going half way stops the eyes from looking too small. 

Step 6: Top with mascara (smoky stretch mascara).


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