My go to Gold Smokey Eye(s)

My go to Gold Smokey Eye(s)

‘Eye(s)’ rather than ‘Eye’ as I am the self-proclaimed queen of multi-tasking and have included a whole RANGE of looks for you, all neatly wrapped up in one post!

Now, it’s no secret that I love make-up, but sadly my skills don’t quite match my love just yet, especially as far as eye make-up is concerned! Because of this I tend to opt for simple looks that I know are going to work, and a gold smokey eye is one of them! Using lighter shadows gives me much more room for error and a bit of shimmer hides a multitude of sins!

Plus, I always seem to be in a rush when it comes to getting ready for big events and there’s not much worse than deciding to try a new make-up look only for it to turn into a sludgy mess when you’re already running late and don’t really have time to take it all off and start again?!

Moral of the story? Having staple looks that you love and can rely on is something I deem to be quite important, rather than boring- OK?

So, what’re my staples you ask? If I had to pick one shadow it would be MAC Woodwinked, this gorgeous true gold shade blends out to a more coppery-orange hue and makes a one shadow (kinda)smokey eye possible.

Thankfully, I don’t just have to use one and thus I have a bevy of gold-hued beauties that I swap and change depending on my mood;

For an ‘out out’ look, and the whole ‘Smokey eye’ shebang, I tend to use Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 hour cream shadow in On and On Bronze as a base and then go in with Omega in the crease to add some definition before going over the top, concentrating on the outer corner, with Mulch, a warm brown shimmer shade, before adding Woodwinked to the top for that extra bit of gold sparkle. Adding it just on top to the centre of the lid, rather than blending it out, means that the finished look is far more brown-gold than the coppery gold hue it gives off alone.

Amber Lights is the newest addition to my staple gold quad and is definitely more on the copper end of the spectrum. It is perfect for taking a gold eye to a more orange/red hue, especially when used with cranberry shades. I tend to use it in place of Woodwinked if I fancy a change every now and then or alongside it for the sparkliest of gold/orange eyes that any Kira Kira fan would be proud of.

Because the eye shadows are so shimmery, I take both of my H&M Colour Essence Eye pencils under my bottom lashes and then smudge them out with a dense brush to add to the smokey effect without creating a glitter explosion on the upper half of my face; plus I tend to get watery eyes and the pencil stays put much longer than the shadows would.

Finally, as I have a very unsteady hand and my skills are limited, I use a black gel liner on my water line rather than attempting to line above my lashes as I always seem to make a mess- one day I’ll have the flick nailed but we’re a long long way off right now. I find a gel liner lasts far longer than any pencil I’ve tried and doesn’t leave me with racoon eyes by the end of the night!

BUT, not only do they create the perfect golden smokey eye, they also have plenty of other uses!

If I’m wanting a paired back look, perfect for day On and On Bronze is my holy grail; it is a dirty gold shade that can be built up easily into a full on shimmer or used sparingly to add a little definition to the lid. As it’s a cream shadow it isĀ  super easy to just slap on and can be done with fingers or a brush to the same effect. If I’m wanting a little bit more definition I’ll run MAC Omega through my crease at the same time as blending the cream out to create a little more shading in the socket. If I’m going for a more natural vibe, I’ll just run Omega through the crease by itself on a fluffy brush to create the definition without all the drama; plus it doubles up as the perfect brow shade for me AND a fab contour shade too!

These were some of the first higher end shadows, perhaps even the first, I ever bought and somehow I’ve only hit pan on one so far?! Honestly I think in today’s beauty world MAC has become so underrated; probably after years of it being overrated, but they produce some of my all time favourite products and the quality is so good for the price when you compare them to other mid/high end brands!

Do you tend to rely on a few favourite looks or do you find yourself experimenting when it comes to eye shadows? I’ve recently bought the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette- I say recently, it’s been over a month now, and I am trying my best to get to grips with the olive shade as I LOVE IT SO MUCH! If you’ve got any tips or tricks when it comes to upping your eye shadow/ eyeliner skills please let me know!

Tara x