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Basic Smokey Eye Make-Up Tutorial

Hey everyone, this week I took the step towards starting my new Youtube Channel so I can post make-up and fashion videos and just start sharing a little more with you guys. I’m still working out a few things in terms of how I want to do these / how often I want to post / etc. but for now, here’s my first video walking you through a pretty basic make-up routine for me.


Step By Step

  1. I started by prepping my face with Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water to make sure everything was clean and refreshed and get rid of any old traces of make-up I might have missed.
  2. Then I start to protect my skin with an anti-aging cream and an eye cream – a bad year of allergies when I was living in Oxford seriously messed up the skin around my eyes and caused a lot of damage so I’ve been using these ever since to help repair them and protect from any more damage.
  3. Next up – BROWS. I LOVE LOVE LOVE natural eyebrows. I don’t overpluck but I’ll admit – they do need a good tidy up at this stage. Today I started brushing them with a little clear brow gel to shape them and keep them in place. Then, I used my favourite Brow Pallette in Deep Brown to fill them in and tidy up the edges a little.
  4. Now let’s get rid of those ugly dark circles under my eyes – my favourite product for this is Garnier’s BB Eye Cream in Light. Simply run it under your eyes and blend out well. Obviously around the eyes don’t rub too hard or pull at your skin – just gentle taps is all you need.
  5. For the eyes, I used a couple of products which are listed below. I went for my favourite colour combination of gold, dark brown and black and blended them all together. I’m not sure how clear the video is here but my favourite technique for doing this is to run a quick coat of gold (or whatever the lightest colour is) over the whole eyelid, then add in a blob of the darkest colour in the corner and the medium colour in the middle. It doesn’t matter if these are just stuck on there for now because now we’re going to go back with a little gold / light colour on a really soft brush and, starting from the inner corner of the eye, we’re going to try and blend all those colours together seamlessly.
  6. Now with my favourite black eyeliner, I’m going to trace a thin black line across my lid, as close to my lashline as possible, then add a small flick on the end and bring it in to meet the centre of the eyelid.
  7. Add a couple of light coats of thin black mascara – everyone knows how to do this, right?
  8. At this point, I went back with the brown eye shadow and added a little under my eye and blended it out – the worst thing you can do is just add a thick, solid line of colour under your eye. It’ll make you look stupid and make your eyes look smaller. Blending out is essential.
  9. Now for the face. I hate, hate, hate people who coat their face in like an inch of make-up and don’t let the skin breathe – it’s just so, so bad for you. So everything I do is very light. I start with a light coat of foundation and then use a contouring palette to help highlight my cheek bones a little and then use a peach blush on the high-points of my cheeks. And blend blend blend everything – you don’t want any blocks of colour anywhere, everything should be nice and natural!
  10. Now for lips, my absolute favourite lipgloss of the moment is Max Factor’s Lipfinity Lipstick  – it comes in 2 parts the first is the colour and the second is a sort of glossy top coat. The pack says it’s a 24 hour lip colour but I never believe those sorts of things… except it really is! Seriously this stuff is unbelievable. You start by sweeping a quick coat of the colour over your lips and then leave them for about 60 seconds – don’t close your lips or let them touch. Then, when the colour is dry it will literally stay on for around 20 – 24 hours (unless you use a make-up remover) and you can keep going over it with the topcoat to add a little gloss and shine.

The Finished Look



Product List


Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water 400ml – £3.00

L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew Anti-Aging Serum 30ml – £8.99

Garnier Skin Five Second Perfect Blur Eye – 15 ml – £6.99

Garnier BB Eye Cream Light 7ml – £4.95

Maybelline Master sculpt face 64g Medium/dark – £13.99

L’Oreal Paris True Match Face Blush 160 Peach – £6.99

Eyes and Eyebrows

Benefit Ready, Set, Brow! Clear Brow Gel

Maybelline Master Brow Pro Palette Kit Deep Brown – £5.96

Rimmel Glam’Eyes Five Pan HD Eyeshadow, Golden Eye – £6.99

Rimmel Glam’Eyes Five Pan HD Eyeshadow, Brixton Brown – £6.99

L’Oreal Paris Super Slim Eyeliner Intense Black – £5.50

Rimmel Scandaleyes Kate Moss Mascara – Eye Rock Jet Black – £7.99

Makeup Revolution Ultra 32 Shade Eyeshadow Palette Eyes Like Angels – £11.99


Max Factor Lipfinity Lipstick – 006 Always Delicate – £7.99

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