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Put a little romance in your makeup routine with this soft smoke-in-your-eye look! Using charcoals & grey-shadows don’t have to be reserved only for dramatic looks. With the right combination – they can actually be soft, youthful and pretty!

Contrary to popular belief, charcoals and greys can actually open the eyes – giving a more youthful, romantic feel. It all comes down to the application, and what your mix them back with. Take the above image for example – brushed brows, soft curled lashes, barely there lips, and flushed cheeks – all working together to keep the face looking fresh and lively. While the muted grey around her her eyes give the face depth and a sense of desire. Day or night, this trend is one that will have you getting your way – no matter the situation.


Step 1; Prep eyes by applying a light reflecting concealer to brighten the area as much as possible. I used Estée Lauder Brush On Glow BB Highlighter (see review here) which I applied right across the under eye area and out on to the cheekbone. Note; Don’t forget to do the top lid and brow bone. This will help reflect light from under your grey eyeshadow.

Step 2;  Before applying any shadow, curl your lashes to open your eyes as wide as possible. With a round-ended brush – I used Charlotte Tilbury Eye Smudger Brush – sweep a soft beige or white shadow across the lash line and then again over the brow bone. I used the soft beige shadow in Becca Cosmetic’s Ultimate Quad Palette called Night Star.

Step 3;  With the very same brush apply a small amount of grey shadow – I used the silvery-grey colour in the Becca Cosmetics Ultimate Quad Eyeshadow Palette in Night Star – to the very tip of the brush before sweeping  through the contour of your eyelid only. Avoid getting any shadow on the lash line as you want to keep eyes wide, bright and youthful. Tip; Apply the eyeshadow while you’re looking at yourself in the mirror. You may need to tilt your chin up a little to get the right angle – but once you do, the rounded-end of the brush should glide seamlessly through the contour from one side of the eye to the other – in a windscreen wiper-like action. Note; Always start at the outer corner to concentrate the darkest part of the colour there,  whilst stepping back ever few strokes to check the intensity. Less is always more! To finish Apply a little grey shadow with a finer tipped brush or cotton tip to the outer corners of the bottom lash line. Double curl lashes before applying a lengthening and curling mascara to top and bottom lashes. I used Kevyn Aucion’s (must have) The Essentials Mascara in Rich Black!


Apply a vibrant pink or apricot blush high on your cheekbones to brighten your complexion – giving you that youthful flush of colour. This is a key move in the look as the blush is what softens and brightens the smokey-eye. I used  Revlons Powder Blush in Racy Rose – which I applied with my Clinique Blusher Brush. I warmed the blush into the skin using my fingers to make the blush and the skin become one. This will give the blush the look and feel that it belongs there. TipSweep the excess colour on the brush, up each side of the nose to contour and give a soft hue of colour.


To keep the focus on the cheeks and eyes, I applied Laura Mercier’s Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Peche (a soft peachy-nude colour) to mute out the natural lip colour. Tip; To define and exaggerate the size of the lips I lined the lips with one of my favourite carmel coloured lip pencils by Napoleon Perdis, called Nude Awakening.

Final Touches

No makeup is finished without perfecting the brows. Fill in any holes with a shadow before brushing them up and setting in place with a the setting wax(see my go-to brow pallet from Alison Jade here). Keep hair simple and effortless – less is more. Concetrate on creating a natural texture and don’t over work or style your hair.

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Photographer; James Mullins at DLM for Maxmade.com.au, Hair; Richard Kavanagh for Redken at DLM, Makeup; Max May, Model; Rae at Chic Model Management.

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