Makeup DON’T: Too Dark Eyeshadow

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Let me preface by saying that I love smoky eyes. I love the look of beautifully blended eye shadows that accentuate the eyes like no other. However, there is such a principle of too much of a good thing {chocolate does not apply}. When I see a too dark eye completely overpowering a gorgeous face I cringe. You can imagine my reaction to Taylor Momsen… A dark eye makes the eyes stand out, absolutely, but not in a good way. It also makes the eyes appear smaller, anytime you encompass the eye in dark colors on the top and bottom you close up the eye, not a good idea if you have smaller eyes to begin with. It always goes back to simple color theory, dark colors recede and lighter shades promote light and make things appear larger.

I think a common misconception women have where the smoky eye is concerned, is that a smoky eye can only be achieved with grey or black eye shadows. When in fact, any eye shadow can be blended into a sexy, smoky eye. Key word being blended {I’m talking to you Little J}; a smoky eye is all about placement of color and blending for a graduation from dark, medium, to light. When wearing a smoky eye, it is important to balance out the rest of your features. You want your skin to be even and clear, with a little blush or bronzer to warm up the face, and a neutral lip to complete the look. One of my smoky eye pet peeves, in addition to looks being too dark and in need of blending, is a too pale lip color. It gives a drained, lifeless appearance. A glossy nude, in a shade that is complementary to your skin tone, is the perfect pairing with the iconic smoky eye.

Smoky eyes can be intimidating for some, but one universally flattering color option is using varying shades and textures of browns for a sexy, yet wearable look. Look to Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez for flawless smoky brown eye inspiration. I love when my bridal clients opt for a soft, smoky eye as it photographs beautifully and is a timeless choice. The smoky eye, like the red lip, is not going anywhere. I hope the too dark eye shadow look, on the other hand, disappears altogether.

Do you wear a smoky eye?

Have a fabulous weekend!

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7 Responses to Makeup DON’T: Too Dark Eyeshadow

  1. Danielle says:

    One of my mantras in life is: what would Kim Kardashian do? I think I’ll write about it one day. For now let me say, I love Kim’s makeup artist. She always looks glossy and glam, without looking too too overdone ala Little J. I love her smoky eye looks.

    What do you use for on youself for a good smoky eye, Bre?

  2. Jenya says:

    I like to have a little bit of smokey eye look but not too much. My hair is dark so it just doesn’t look as outrageous as it would on a blond though.
    Have a nice weekend!

  3. Trude says:

    So true! I did a super smokey shimmery bronze eye just recently for some new portraits, which you can see here:

    It seemed really strong at first, but I felt so pretty and it kept me from looking too washed out in the photos! :) Plus I’m so fair that doing harsh black rarely ever works, I tend to do greens or purples or bronzey-browns.

  4. Jenna says:

    Viva Gaga 2 is definitely a smoky eye nude! And now I’m fighting that raccoon eye look with this gel liner, which seems to have stayed put all day!

  5. rhiannon says:

    i wish i could rock the smoky eye. i’m not good with makeup though– i stick to neutrals!

  6. Wow I like the smokey eye look but these just took it a little bit to far!! Great blog. Glad I found it!!

  7. krysa says:

    i loveeee the big smokey eye!

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