Like all major beauty trends it started with a Kardashian, quelle surprise. Kim Kardashian sported this makeup look created by Mario Dedivanovic (@makeupbymario) at the Cannes Film Festival and suddenly Reverse Smoky Eye Tutorials were everywhere and I mean everywhere. Personally, I think Kim's look is more of a reverse cat eye look, but I'm not a beauty editor, I am barely a fully functioning human at the moment, but if like me you were completely bewildered by this trend and didn't understand what on earth a reverse smoky eye is when it's at home, then welcome to my blog.
For some reason, whenever I heard the phrase reverse smoky eye I was baffled, in my mind a reverse smoky eye was a normal smoky eye simply flipped horizontally, for instance the darkest shadows would be closest to the lash line and then the colour would fade towards the brow. I know, now looking back on it, it made no sense because actually a reverse smoky eye is possibly the easiest eye makeup look to achieve. It's so simple and yet it still draws attention to the eyes, you can pair it with natural, really effortless makeup and it still looks like you gave a shit about what your face looks like. There are just three steps. To achieve this look you need one creamy black eyeliner and three shadows: a matte dark brown, matte black and neutral shimmer.
Step 1: Line your waterline and lower lash line with a black eyeliner. I recommend the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Perversion (£15.50) and for an affordable option the Maybelline Gel Mechanical Eyeliner (£5) is a really easy to use eyeliner with great pigment and enough play time.
Step 2: Blend out the eyeliner with a clean pencil brush to diffuse the colour so it doesn't appear harsh, and then with a small blending brush (something fluffy) take a matte brown, I prefer a warm tone something like Cocoa Bear (£5) from Makeup Geek, and blend out the edges. Make sure you don't take it too far down, you still want it to be wearable and want to feel comfortable. To finish the shadow portion of the look, set the lash line with a matte black shadow. This will increase the intensity and longevity of the liner and help the look last all day. You can go back and blend out with the matte brown if you wish.
Step 3: Super simple, just want a quick wash of colour on the upper lid, you don't want to leave it bare unless you want to go for a more grungey/undone style, which can still look cool, but if you are rocking this to work or to dinner then a quick wash of a shimmery champagne colour or a matte neutral can look effortlessly pretty. Any pressed powder highlight would work just as well.
Step 4: The final step is to apply mascara, a good lower lash mascara is essential if you don't have one already as you still want them to be prominent against the work you've done on the lower lash line. I like to use the Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara (£9), but other popular mascaras for the lower lash line are MAC's Giga Black Extended Play Mascara (£15) and Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara (£14).
Stunning tutorial above of the Kim Kardashian inspired reverse smoky eye if you want to recreate it, such a pretty look that would be suited to all skin tones. The video is by Iris Beilin, she is stunning! Thank you very much for reading this post, I hope you liked it and learnt something cool. As always, I leave all my links below so feel free to check out my social media and of course please follow me on Bloglovin' if you aren't following me already. I post as often as I can, sometimes even twice a day so the best way to stay up to date with my new posts is to follow me via Bloglovin'. As always please leave me a comment and I hope you're having a fantastic week. Mine has been a little shitty to be honest and I am honestly feeling so fed up with a number of things, fortunately this blog is the perfect outlet for me. I can't tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of you. Take care.
What is your go-to makeup look?