How to Wear Eye Makeup Like Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is famous for her iconic smokey cat eye makeup look. In this article, you'll learn how to recreate this simple yet stunning look, using simple beauty products.

Steps

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    Begin by applying foundation. Whatever you usually use should do, although an air brush effect type foundation is a good choice.
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    Apply primer. To prevent the creasing and fading of your eyeshadow, use an eyeshadow powder primer.
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    Apply your first color. This will go on your eyelid. If you have a skin tone closer to Alicia Key's, you'll want to go for a champagne color. For paler skin, go lighter, and for darker skin, go warmer. Whichever shade you go with, make sure it has some shimmer.
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    Apply a subtle color to go on your orbital bone (right above the crease of your eye). The color, once again, depends on your skin tone. Since this is a smokey eye, make sure it's a bit darker than the first color you used on the lid. A light brown would work well. When you apply the shadow, the outer corner is lifted just a bit.
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    In the corners of your eye, use a shimmery white eye-pencil. To make it look more subtle, blend it a little bit with your finger.
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    On top of the eye pencil, use a white eyeshadow on the corner of your eye. Extend the shadow slightly along the bottom lash line and up toward the brow.
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    Use the white eyeshadow as a brow highlight as well.
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    On the bottom lash line, about halfway across, use a darker brown color right along the lash line. Blend it with the white. (Note: Blend, don't cover. You want it to look similar to smudged eyeliner.)
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    Make a cat eye with a black eyeliner pencil. Starting in the center, go straight out, then curve up a bit in a wing. (The wing doesn't have to be perfect, because you'll smudge it out with a brush in a bit). After you make the wing, finish along the lash line, staying as close to it as possible. Go all the way to your corner.
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    Smudge the liner with a brush to create a more smokey effect. (Note: When smudging, do both eyes at once so that they are even and look the same)
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    Using an angle brush and matte black eyeshadow, press along the lash line and accentuate your wing. Bring it all the way down to the inner corner again.
    • Optional: Use black eyeliner pencil to go along the water line on the bottom, but not touching the lash line
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    Add mascara.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Other iconic makeup tips for Alicia are strong contoured and highlighted cheek bones, defined nose, and a glossy lip.

Warnings

  • May not work for everyone

Article Info

Categories: Eye Makeup