Artfully blending out dark eye shadow to create a smoky eye look is, in the words of Hilary Duff, so yesterday. With all the graphic eye makeup looks taking over Instagram these days, makeup artists are wielding basic black felt tip liner in not-so-basic ways. Mei Pang, a self-taught makeup artist based in Toronto, created smoky eye look in the most literal sense. Using NYX’s Epic Ink Liner, she drew on lines that look like actual smoke rising from her lids. Also known as @meicrosoft to her about 19,500 followers, Pang posted the final look on Instagram, and I cannot stop staring.
Surprisingly, Pang wasn’t inspired to create what she calls her “smoke-y” eye look after blowing out a Byredo candle. Instead, she wanted to recreate pay homage to a tattoo artist called Johnny Gloom. “She does fantastic bold black lines ,and one of her signature designs is smoke,” Pang tells Allure. “I wanted to recreate the likeness of the smoke on my eyes.” If you ask me, she defintiely accomplished just that.
To do so, Pang started off by brushing on a simple halo eye look using the shades Crucifix (a matte deep chocolate) and Martyr (a matte toffee brown) from Kat Von D’s Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette. (You can find exactly how to create halo eyes here.) Knowing your eye shape is essential for this step. Because she has one hooded eyelid, Pang says she brought up the shadow almost to her brow. Why? “When I open my eye, most of the shadow disappears,” she explained.
“From there, I created the smoke using a fine brush tip liquid liner,” she adds. She loves the NYX one because “it remains inky even after going over eyeshadow and glitter, which is key.” (P.S. people also swear that it’s sex-proof.) Plus, it’s fine enough to create detailed looks and sharp edges. Next, Pang used the same liner to etch on “straight-ish” cat eyes (instead of making the wings angle upward) and exaggerated the inner corners of her eyes. Finally, she topped it all off with Koko Lashes in Girl About Town. The whole eye look ended up taking her about half an hour to put together. You can click through below to see more angles of Pang’s smoky eye creation.
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