Valentines Day Sultry Smoky Eye

With less than a month to go until Valentines Day, its time to start thinking about your outfit, hair and make up.  Whether you’re lucky in love, single and ready to mingle or excited for a night out with your girls, Valentines is a time to show those you care about that you love them… and if you can do that looking cute, then why not?!

To get your makeup ideas off to a flying start, I thought I’d share the sultry smoky eye I’ve been wearing using the Collection Work The Colour Nude Eye Palette.  This is a classic look that you can change up by using different colours and varying the intensity.

Collection Work The Colour Nude Eye Palette*

The Nude Eye Palette comes with nine different shades, one of which is a creamy highlighter.  Whilst all of the colours can be used alone or in any combination you desire, they have been ordered so that you have a base shade, a lid shade and a crease colour which is perfect for those who are new to make up or who are a little intimidated by creating a smoky eye.

There are also handy instructions on the back that show you how to create a traditional smoky eye but today I’m going to show you the look I’ve been creating with this palette.

Start by applying the highlighter shade to the brow bone and inner corner of the eye and then lightly across the rest of the lid.  This can be used alone but I think it looks best when paired with the top left 1 shade as it really makes it pop.

Then apply the shade that’s right in the middle of the palette across the lid, into the crease and up towards the brow bone before applying the dark, sparkly shade that’s in the top right hand corner of the palette onto the outer third and into the crease – a MAC 217 brush works really well for this.

Then take a pencil brush (I use the MAC 219 and think its great) and work the darkest shade in the bottom right hand corner of the palette through the crease and down to the lash line in a V shape.  Then blend, blend, blend to make sure there are no harsh lines.

Tidy up around the lower lash line in case of any fall out although with this palette, I didn’t find there to be any.  Then sweep some of the darkest colour along the lower lash line and some of the lights on the lash line on the inner corner to of the eye.  Add a slick of black eyeliner along the upper lash line, winged out if you like, and along the water line- the Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencil in Onyx is my pencil liner of choice and the Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner is my favourite liquid liner.  Finally, add lashings of your favourite mascara and you’re ready to flutter those peepers.

I love this look as it’s so easy to create and perfect for an evening out.

Sponge applicator aside, I think this is a great little palette to create a neutral smoky eye.  Nude eyeshadow shades were a huge trend in the 90s and they have been seen making a comeback to the catwalk for spring/summer ’14 so this palette is a great way to update your look.

The eyeshadows have little to no fall out and the pigmentation is much stronger when applied than when they are swatched which is something I find with all Collection eyeshadows.

You can check out the full range of Collection makeup on their website and you can buy the range from Boots and Superdrug.

What make up look are you thinking of wearing this Valentines Day?

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  1. Jordan Alice
    January 19, 2014 / 9:55 pm

    That palette looks gorgeous! What products do you have on your cheeks it looks lovely! xJordan-Alice

    • WhatLauraLoves
      January 20, 2014 / 1:28 am

      Thanks Jordan. I'm wearing the Collection Shimmer Shades in Blusherlicious xxx

  2. mintyessence
    January 19, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    I love those colours! The compact is very handy for travelling with too!MintyessenceXx

    • WhatLauraLoves
      January 20, 2014 / 1:28 am

      Thank you 🙂 Its great for travelling! xxx

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