Tutorial #5 My Perfect Canvas and Smokey Eye

I host Workshops and One-on-One lessons regularly, the one question I am always asked? How to do a smokey eye. Honestly, with good product, brushes and practice. You’ll ace it no time.

I always begin any makeup with “Perfect Canvas” I first learnt of the term “Perfect Canvas” with Smashbox, however at my Makeup Forever days we always followed these steps.

Step #1 Primer – Smashbox Photofinisher Foundation primer

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Smooth over the T-Zone and cheeks with large pores using your fingers. (I always use the green one, even if you don’t have redness)

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Step #2 I use a “pea size” of Mat Velvet Foundation – Makeup Forever over the areas that need the most coverage. (Use sparklingly)

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Use a foundation brush, with a dabbing motion spread your Mat Velvet.

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Step #3 My secret weapon, Apply Face and Body Foundation – Makeup Forever over the face to soften the mat foundation and to add moisture and radiance to the skin.

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Face and Body foundation is the best the market can offer! It’s gel texture softens wrinkles and enhances a person’s natural skin. Pat this foundation otherwise it will streak.

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Step #4 Tidy the eyebrows with Smashbox Browtech – Taupe.

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A badger hair (angled) brush is best to apply your shadow. Begin at the arch of the eyebrows.

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Then fill in the rest, don’t over use the shadow. Rather apply too little and apply extra afterwards.

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Step #5 Essence Eyebrow Gel from Clicks will tidy the eyebrow hairs and keep in place.

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Step #6 Apply Stilla – Lillium (Woolworths) Convertible Lip and Cheek to the apples to brighten up the complexion. Natural blush is uplifting! (If they discontinued this product I may have to close my business down!!!!)

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Use a concealer brush or finger tips.

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You can apply bronzer to the cheek bones to enhance your bone structure. If you tend to get shiny simply dust over the face with Makeup forever HD powder to set and improve longevity.

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I always say to clients, one can simply apply mascara and lip gloss and you’re ready to take over the world. I always encourage that you do Perfect Canvas as so little follows their after. I think Amanda looks amazing.

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Eyeshadow –

Step #7 Apply a bone colour eyeshadow over the eyelid, using a large flat brush.

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You want to absorb any moisture and remember you want to work with dry product on top of a dry surface.

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Apply small amount of the base colour under the eye into the lashes.

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Step #8 Apply Kohl line along the lash line, Makeup Forever makes a soft yet jet black kohl liner.

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Smudge your liner with a small flat brush.

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You can really blend the liner into the crease, an amazing product!!

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Step #9 Smudge the kohl to the bottom of the lashes,

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Blend the black with a dark brown eyeshadow.

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Step #10 Using a bullet or dome brush, apply a medium brown eyeshadow to the crease of the eye. This will also soften the black. Be brave, take the brown close towards the eyebrows, this will elongate your eyes.

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Step #11 Using your large flat brush, apply a shimmer highlighter to the brow bone to showoff this area.

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Finish off with Mascara.

Step #12 Line the lips with Makeup Forever’s aqua lip liner, a dusty rose is best! This will prevent bleeding of your lipstick and prolong wear.

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Step #13 Apply your lipstick over the liner. I used a mat lipstick to ensure it lasts.

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Step #14 Finish off with a slick of gloss.

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Love Amanda’s look, fresh yet sophisticated.

Photographs by Christopher Smith Photography

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