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How to: Summer Smoky Eye

Will Smith said it best: “Summer, summer, summertime—time to sit back and unwind.” With the temperatures soaring, we’re taking cues from the former Fresh Prince and embracing a laidback makeup style. But just because it’s the sweatiest season of all doesn’t mean you have to forgo your favorite smoky effect. Simply swap your go-to charcoal for softer pastel hues to create a modern and feminine look. Here’s a step-by-step using Cynthia Rowley Beauty’s gorgeous, new Eyeshadow Palette - No.2. Dreamy, no?

Step One: Prep for color.

Before you even think about makeup, you need a base that will keep it set. We recommend a mattifiyting primer like Benefit’s Stay Don't Stray. In addition to boosting your shadow’s staying power, it infuses skin with hydrating ingredients like vitamins C and E.

Step Two: Start light.

Always layer the softest hues on first. Using a fluffy shadow brush, dust Confetti (a pale pink speckled with purple and cream) from the lash line to just below your brow bone.

Step Three: Build your look.

Summer is the perfect time to give your deep khaki and black hues a break. Instead use Cotton Candy, a creamy lavender, as the standout shadow for your look. Blend the dreamy purple from your lashline to your crease using the same brush.

Step Four: Blend a darker hue into your crease.

Using a dome-shaped brush with a flexible tip, work Licorice, a shimmery charcoal, into your crease using light fluid back-and-forth motions. A little goes a long way!

Step Five: Define. Define. Define.

Next, take a black eyeliner pencil and line your top lash line. With a short-haired smudger brush, go back and blend the eyeliner from the inside corner to the outside of your eye to create a soft, smoky effect with a seamless fade. Remember: Don’t go too bananas with your liner—the goal here is for your makeup to appear fresh and summery.


Step Six: Set It and Forget It.

Finish by using a powder brush to lightly dust translucent finishing powder under your eyes. This will help conceal any shadow fallout.

Step Seven: Lengthen your lashes.

Since humidity and sweat tend to cause eye makeup to crease and smear, waterproof mascara is your summertime BFF. Brush three coats of volumizing mascara on both the top and bottom lashes.

Step Eight: Stay focused.

This look is all about the eyes, so you’ll want to keep the rest of your makeup simple—foundation, a little bronzer, and a quick swipe of nude lip gloss are all you’ll need.

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