As requested by the very lovely "Nicoles2LilRams" from the Splendiferous group on CafeMom.com I created this Gunmetal Smokey eye look using all drugstore products. The lighting in the picture doesn't do the gunmetal color justice.
I personally prefer to keep my lips pretty neutral when I have a dark smokey eye but its totally up to your preference. So let's get the ball rolling with what I used to achieve this look.
Before I applied any makeup I made to sure to start off with a clean and moisturized face. I used my usual Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture (Combination Skin) Moisturizer and I also prepped my lips and got them ready by using my favorite EOS Lip Balm in Passion Fruit.
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup in: #240 Natural beige - I love this foundation it's very long-lasting and works really well with my oily complexion. I've tried applying it with sponges, and several different brushes but so far my favorite method for applying this product is by using my clean little fingers. It's a little too thick to apply with my beauty sponges and when I try using brushes I feel as if it thins out the consistency of the makeup. Therefore I use my finger and I feel it leave an even and flawless application.
Covergirl & Olay Simply ageless eye concealer in #210 Light (under the eyes) I love the creaminess of the Covergirl concealer. It's very moisturizing and has great coverage for my under eye darkness.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind dark circle eraser in:#20 Light pale (on top of covergirl concealer for added brightness under the eyes.)The maybelline concealer also works well to conceal dark circles but it has a lighter feel to it and I like the brightening effect it leaves which is why I applied this over my Covergirl concealer.
Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder in:#004 Sandstorm (used to set foundation and concealer.) Honestly I've been using this powder for over 10 years. It's just an awesome mattifying powder and adds a hint of extra coverage.
Covergirl Clean Glow Blusher in: Peaches (Matte blush)
This blusher is a pretty new product for me and I gotta say if you're looking for a natural hint of color then this would be a nice addition to your collection. It's not incredibly pigmented but its leave a clean natural looking peachy glow.
WetnWild Color Icon Blusher in:Heather Silk (Used on top of Peach blush lighty for a slight hint of pink.) After I applied the Covergirl blush I felt like I need a little more color to my cheekers so I very lightly added a swipe of the WetnWild blush with a duo fiber brush. (duo-fiber brushes give a little lighter application and help blend out colors.) The WetnWild blush is extremely pigmented so I suggest you apply this with a very light hand and add more as needed. Its always best to be able to add more than to add too much and have to remove all your makeup again.
Nyx Highlight & Contour powder (used bronzer side to contour and highlight side under my eyes and t-zone area) I love love love this product and I cant believe I hadn't added this to my collection sooner. The bronzing color is completely matte and its not too orange, not too light, its just perfectly bronzy. Ugh and the highlighting powder is to die for. It's not chalky or too white. Love it!
Essence I heart Stage Eyeshadow Base (amazing coverage and long wearing.) OMG! Yes this product deserves an OMG! It's AMAZING! Super long lasting, didn't crease on my oily lids at all. Neutralizes any discoloration I may have on my lids. It leave the perfect matte skin color. This has actually replaced my Too Faced Shadow Insurance eye primer. Another amazing quality about it is the price. At under $3 dollar WOW!
Now I know that its seems like a lot of products used just for the face but I was going for a very full coverage look but this look can be adjusted to a more lighter application depending on your personal preferences.
Moving onto the eyes I used a lot of my favorite drugstore eye products.
Revlon Colorstay Quad in #545 Attitude (I used both browns from the quad in my crease. The lighter one as a transition color & the darker brown for definition.) This quad is also great for every day natural looks. I love the fact that I can use this product and create a look for the day and use the same colors and transition it to an evening look.
Maybelline Chic Naturals eye shadow single in Earthly taupe (used it as my blending color & for adding a little peachy warmth to my eye look.)
To achieve the gunmetal color I used the ELF Cream Eyeshadow in Smoked on my lid as a base and topped it off with the gunmetal shadow out of the WetnWild Lust Palette to set that base.
The key to any smokey eye is blend, blend, blend....
I also used the WetnWild cream black liner and smudged just a bit of it on my lash line for a little more smokiness and finished it off with a thin line using the MILANI Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liner in Blackest Black and for the upper and lower waterline I used the Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black. on the inner corners I added a little sparkle by applying the NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in Crystal Pewter.
For mascara I personally always use more than one to achieve the darkness and volume that I like. Unfortunately without using massive amounts of mascara my eyelashes would be pretty much non-existent. With this look if you want some added glamour you can definitely add some false lashes, but personally I prefer to just load up the mascara because I have very sensitive eyes that are constantly tearing up therefore I usually just skip the falsies. Two of my current favorite mascaras are the L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black and the Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express (Waterproof)
For the lips as I said I kept it pretty neutral by applying a thin coat of the ELF Matte Lip Color in Natural and topped it off with a light layer of the Revlon lip gloss in Coral Reef.
After I applied the 50 million products that are pictured above this was my end result. I hope you all enjoy this look. It's the perfect look for a night out, party or special event, or for those of you that love to rock a smokey eye at any time of the day. Be yourself and no one else, if you wanna rock a bold makeup look then go for it.
If you decide to rock this look or something similar please don't hesitate to post it on here or tag me on instagram, twitter or via email. I would love to see your take on this look.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about any of the products used..