Olivia Munn, Gigi Hadid’s Makeup Artist, Patrick Ta, Shares Smokey Eyes & Lower Lash Line Tips at Home

Olivia Munn, Gigi Hadid's Make-up Artist, Patrick Ta, Shares Smokey Eyes & Lower Lash Line Tips at Home
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The sassy “smokey eyes” trend has got an update—to the lower eyelashes. This version of  “smokey eyes” is known as the “blue eye” look, since makeup artists use this color as the dominant shade. Olivia Munn and Gigi Hadid’s makeup artist, Patrick Ta, shares his tips on creating the “statement lower lash line” look in an interview with Femail. According to Ta, doing a smudgy under-eye makeup calls for some color-playing.

Recently, we saw Olivia Munn working the under-eye smokey look at the screening of the short film, Past Forward. The star’s look was done by Patrick Ta, who chose blue as the main color in the makeup in order to match Munn’s outfit. He created the look by defining her waterline with a blue MAC liner, smudged it out, and finished it with matching eye shadow from Makeup Geek.

Blue seems to be the color of choice for celeb makeup artists to fashion this look. The color is making its way in interesting hues and perks up the face when applied in the right amount.

There are a few eye makeup beauty tips that should be taken into consideration before creating the smokey under-eye. You must understand the shape of your eyes first. For close-set eyes, put a lot of color near the outer rim, and for wide-set eyes do the opposite. Use eye brightener like Boscia All-In-One B.B. Eye Brightener (SPF 20) under the eyes and the cheekbone.

For all-night wear, use brightening powder like Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder or NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder. Bring some drama to the upper eyelid by smudging the liner and applying mascara (don’t get carried away with it though). Keep the lips nude unless you are really sure of that darker shade.

Here’s a tutorial on the “under-eye smokey” look for all the enthusiasts who can’t wait to wear it:

  1. Begin with grooming the eyebrows. Trim and enhance them. Remember perfect eyebrows bring out the look well.
  2. Then, use an eye primer around the eye and blend it well with a brush. Primers are important as they keep the makeup intact.
  3. Next, pick the eye shadow you want to sport. Use a thin pencil brush to apply it on the lower lash line. Blend it well by going in a backward-forward motion. For depth, add more eye shadow, but don’t extend it beyond the eye line.
  4. For the dramatic finish, use mascara to add volume and lift.

Complete the look with a light-colored blush on the apples of the cheeks and pat the eyelids with Vaseline or a transparent lip gloss. Preferably the lips should be kept nude, but if you’re really confident, then go for bold lips. (Bonus tip—keep the Q-tips handy!)


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