MUA Lucy Bewley tells us her top tips on how to achieve the perfect smokey eye 

We love a smokey eye look. It can transform a whole makeup look and make your eyes stand out but how do you perfect it?

Whenever we attempt a smokey eye look we think we look like this:

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But we actually look like this:

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So, what was the solution we came up with?

SAINT’s beauty editor met local makeup artist, 18-year-old Lucy Bewley, who runs RH & LB MAKEUP alongside Raegan Hague, who we used on our NINETIES BABY shoot, have made a name for themselves in the Gateshead/Newcastle community with their artistic make up skills.

We went to find out just how you can perfect the smokey eyeshadow look yourself and she even spoilt us by giving away a few of her top tips of her own techniques that she uses on her clients.

What is an essential tip when applying eyeshadow?
I feel my most essential tip when applying eyeshadow is definitely blending. To create any seamless look, shadows should blend together and show no harsh lines.

Any particular eye primers that you’re a fan of?

MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot
Too faced Shadow Insurance
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer 

How would you apply darker eyeshadows?

If you are planning on using a colour such as black, it is easy to control the colours if you build them up first using a chocolate brown shade, blending this out, then applying the black. Similarly when applying black eyeshadow, it is important to apply small amounts then blend and keeping adding to intensify the colour.
I feel like moving your eyeshadow brushes in circular motions and using a light hand when applying any crease colours enables a effortless blend of shades.
Another technique i use is to highlight the inner corner of the eye and the brow bone with either a matte white shade, or a white shimmer. This widens the eyes, and gives the illusion of a more defined brow bone.

How do you convert a day time smokey eye look into a night time look?

I feel the best way to make a look go from a simple daily smokey eye look to a glam night look is to add glitter or pigment to the lid, or add false lashes. Glitter or pigments really intensify an eye look which I think would be perfect to covert a day look into a night time look. False eyelashes totally change the way a smokey eye looks, instantly lashes make a the eyes lot more glam and more like a night time look.

Do you have a favourite eyeshadow palettes?

Favourite smokey eyeshadows/ palettes?
Palettes:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance 
Morphe 35n
Urban Decay Naked 2
Single shadows:
MAC Red Brick
MAC Carbon
MAC Swiss Chocolate

Can you share some of your own techniques when applying an eyeshadow?

When any applying eyeshadows it is essential to apply a small amount at a time and gradually building up the colour until the colour you desire is achieved. Another useful tip is to use a transition shade. A transition shade is an eyeshadow applied just above the crease blended up towards the brow bone. This gives the illusion that all of the colours blend together. Transition colours I normally use are soft oranges and browns.

Catch Raegan’s take on the grunge makeup look over on our NINETIES BABY photoshoot!

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