Seductive smoky eyes have long been the LBD of the beauty world. But even the classics need a bit of an update very now and again. The winter 2017 makeup trends take the smoky to new heights with more intensity (modern goth here we come), added colour and enhanced smudging on the bottom lash line. And many of the runway MUA’s upped their creativity with some intriguing designs (a nod to Chanel!) and graphic art.
If you've ever had a disastrous smoky eye attempt which made you look bit like a ghoul and so are now a little hesitant about taking the leap, we've made in even easier for you. You've always matched your foundation to your skin tone - right? Exactly the same principle applies to the shadow you wear. For instance, a yellow-orange shadow on a pale fair skin just doesn't work. So we have some tips on which of the runway trends would be best suited to your skin tone. Turns out this is the key to mastering the sexy sultry smoky for the ultimate in seductive appeal.
Many of us make a mistake of thinking our skin tone is defined by skin colour - light, medium or deep. But it's so much more than that. The most important thing is in fact skin undertone. If you stand in front of a mirror and you see predominantly 'yellow/olive' tones, then you are considered warm toned. However, if it looks 'pink/blue' in hue then you are a cool toned girl. Your jewellery choice often gives a hint of your skin tone - if you are warm you will look better in gold, while cooler undertones are more suited to silver. Finally, if you sunburn easily your skin will be cool; but those of you who tend to tan as opposed to burn will be warmer toned girls. A hint - the majority of South Africans have warmer skin tones.
So, it doesn't matter if you have an ivory cool complexion like Emma Stone or a radiant warm ebony shade like Lupita Nyong'o, you will find your perfect smoky eye amongst the seven go-to fashion forward looks of the season...
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