A Smoldering Blue Smoky Eye Look With Jessica Alba
For a recent late-night appearance, Honest Beauty founder Jessica Alba called on her friend and celebrity makeup artist Monika Blunder to create an unexpectedly edgy makeup look: a smoky eye… in blue. After an overwhelming response to the look on her Instagram account, Blunder sat down with Jessica to show us exactly how to get this smoky eye at home. As the ladies mention, it's a great look for a night out on the town—date night, drinks and dancing with your girlfirends, or even holiday parties (which are seriously right around the corner).
A super-smooth, flawless face and full brows make the perfect canvas for this gorgeous eye look. Blunder starts out by applying Honest Beauty True Velvet Eyeliner ($16) in Truly Coco on the eyelid, close to the lash line to get a bit of a base color on the eyelid. She says to apply a thick line and then go in with a blending brush to smooth out the color. Next up, it's shadow time. Blunder creates the base of the smoky look with a matte, light brown shadow (try Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow, $24, in Toasted Peach). Bring that color into the crease of the eye as well as down underneath the eye. Next Blunder grabbed Honest Beauty's Eyeshadow Trio ($25) in Ocean Blue and used the deep navy shade on the eyelid, packing the color on with a brush and pressing the eye shadow in to the eye. Then, with a fluffier brush, you can blend the look in. Make sure not to go too high up with the blue—to keep it modern, you want to keep the color on the eyelid. Using a teal color, like Make Up For Ever's Artist Shadow ($21) in Peacock Blue, Blunder strengthened the look by applying the irredescant shadow to the corner, making a bit of a V in the eye socket to make it a bit more intense.
To complete the look, take a dark black eyeliner, like Burberry Effortless Kohl Eyeliner ($29) in Jet Black, to the lower waterline, and smudge a bit of the original cocoa-colored liner below the lash line. Then, it's just mascara and one makeup artist secret last step: Blunder dips her finger to the silver shimmer color in the Ocean Blue palette and presses it to the center of Jessica's eye, then lightly blends the shimmery color into her eye with a brush. The result? A beautiful iredescent reflection, perfectly pulling everything together.
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