A Smokey Eye MOTD | My kinda-sorta attempt at a halo eye

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It was really sunny day out last weekend so what did I decide to do? Play around with my makeup and take advantage of the perfect blog photo taking conditions! What started off as an idea to do a soft and pretty date night look turned into a full-on clubbing look. Yeah, it happens sometimes.

One technique I've been trying to master lately is the perfect halo eye. The idea of a halo eye is to darken the inner and outer thirds of the eye, leaving a lighter colored or blank space in the very middle, which you fill in with a lighter color that is usually glittery or shimmery to better draw light to the eye, resulting in the illusion of larger, brighter eyes.

smoky eye tutorial with tarte tartelette palette

To create this look,
  1. Prime with an illuminating primer like the NIOD Photography Fluid (review here!)
  2. Apply foundation to entire face. I'm using the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer in Creamwhip
  3. With a medium blending brush (I'm using my MAC 217), apply a light plum shadow across the entire lid. Here, I'm using the shade Natural Beauty from the Tarte Tartelette palette
  4. From the same palette, I then took the shade Best Friend, and using a smaller shadow brush, applied it generously to the outer and inner thirds of my eye, connecting the two in a thin arch above my crease. Your eye's going to look really weird with a bald patch in the middle!
  5. To help lighten the center more, I dabbed a bit of Super Mom from the Tartelette palette onto the center
  6. Then I took my MAC 224 brush and blended out the edges with more of Natural Beauty as a transition shade and then topped that with Trick from my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette on the brow bone and inner corners
  7. Then with either a stiff precision brush or your fingers, dab on a gold glittery shade to the center of lid until you've got a nice shiny center. Use your blending brush to blend any harsh edges. I'm using THEFACESHOP's Glitter GL01 shade, which is a beautiful shimmery, glittery gold
  8. Line eyes with a black liner to pull everything together. I'm using my standby Annabelle kohl eyeliner
  9. Apply 2 coats of mascara. I'm using the L'Oreal Voluminous Power Collagen mascara
  10. If you've got a lot of fallout from your glitter, erase it from under your eyes and get crisper outer edges to your shadow by brushing on some concealer to your under-eye area. I'm using the yellow shade from the NYX Color Correcting palette (review here) as its creamy texture and color brightens up my eye area and conceals any dark circles. 
  11. Set your under eyes with some powder (I'm using Paul & Joe's Pressed Face Powder). Leave the rest of your face unpowdered for extra glow. If you're oily skinned though, you could use some blotting papers
  12. Next, contour and highlight with a bronzer like the Charlotte Tillbury Bronze & Glow palette
  13. Fill in your brows thicker and darker than usual to balance your smoky eyes with your favourite brow shadow. I'm using the Tarte emphasEyes Waterproof Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Rich Brown here. I like to make my brows a little more dramatic for looks like this as otherwise your brows will just fade away against such dramatic shadow. 
  14. Lastly, fill in your lips with a glossy magenta lip color. I don't have the right shade in my rotation right now, so I mixed ColourPop's Lippie Stix in Choker with my Revlon Super Lustrous gloss in Berry Allure

Left to right: Tarte Tartelette's Natural Beauty, Best Friend, Super Mom; Urban Decay Naked 3's Trick and THEFACESHOP Glitter GL01

Left to right: ColourPop Lippie Stix in Choker, Revlon Super Lustrous gloss in Berry Allure

The end result of my attempt was a pretty good smoky eye, but with my hooded lids, it was super hard to really see any halo effect. I think next time, I would actually dampen my finger when applying the gold glitter for better color payoff. Still, I think it was a decent attempt and worth recreating the next time I go out!

smoky halo makeup look

how to do a smoky halo makeup

What are your tips for creating the perfect halo eye?

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