I love halo smokey-eyes! They are quick, completely foolproof (no precise eyeliner and swearing at the mirror over winged liner symmetry necessary!), easy to learn, suit most eye types and are the perfect glitzy addition to any event makeup.
Image by the gorgeous (and talented!) Sheri Vegas, makeup by Samara Nilsson
I am trying to minimalise my makeup kit this year, so getting the most out of my products to create interesting looks like this is one of my key goals. Let’s just say, I am getting damned sick of looking like a baby giraffe standing up for the first time carrying what feels like the makeup equivalent of the entire ibis population at South Bank when I turn up to my jobs. Also, minimalism is super cool right now and to be honest, I do not need 17 different smokey-eye palettes, which feel vital to my existence at the time of purchase, but in actual fact only have about three colours that I actually use in each #realtalk.
Mind you, I am totally fine with using three primers on my clients’ faces, because building a good base is something one cannot be minimalist with (…and by not carrying all those damned smokey-eye pallets I have more room in my kit for primers #balance #theviciouscyclecontinues).
This eye look was achieved using just one shadow, a gel liner and my favourite – Cocoa Contour by Too Faced Cosmetics (which btw, is of course also what I contoured with ;)).
Shameless self-promotion disclaimer: I completed this look as part of my demonstration at the Boss Beauty Business Makeup Morning Tea in March, if you would like to make some serious changes to the way you do makeup whilst also listening to my awkward endearing attempts at humour, I strongly suggest you come and hang out with us for the day! The classes are filled with like-minded awesome folks, my sponsors are legends and gift lots of goodies to attendees and our new caterers, Jam Jar Café, made pretzel rocky-road for the last workshop (left overs of which I diligently ate on my own after everyone left lol).
Please see below the makeup products I used to create this look. In my workshops, I use a mixture of luxury and high quality drug store beauty products from both local and international suppliers to give my students options when sourcing cosmetics for their own kits:
Primer and Base:
MAC Cosmetics Strobe
Melli Cosmetics Velvet Primer
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15
MAC Mineralize Concealer
Ben Nye Translucent Powder
NYX Eye Primer
Le Rouge Beauty Gel
Australis Cosmetics Metalix
Helen Dowsley Lashes
Napoleon Perdis Copper Element
Ardell Brow Pomade
Ardell Brow Gel
Ardell Mechanical Brow Pencil
Too Faced Cocoa Contour
Becca Cosmetics x Jacklyn Hill Champagne Collection