Video How-To: The Kit's Sultry Summer Smoky Eye in Bronze

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Key techniques for a summer smoky eye? You've come to the right post. We've got tips from MAC Senior Artist Melissa Gibson, and a video how-to as she gives gorgeous model Danielle this sultry hot-weather look.

key techniques for a summer smoky eye

The intense, dramatic smoky eye from winter can be too heavy in a season of bare limbs, beachy hair and bronzed skin. A summer smoky eye plays up a glowing complexion and breezy beauty. Think cocktails by the pool, or sexy sunsets on the beach. Echo those tones by dialing down the black in favour of shimmering bronze and gold, blend and blend some more, and line the waterline with medium brown. (Note: if you have a medium/dark or darker complexion, go for deep bronze and rich gold, and stick with black for your waterline.)

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M.A.C senior artist Melissa Gibson gave gorgeous Danielle this smokin' look for the cover of the summer 2011 issue of The Kit. For this summer smoky eye makeup, she used the following: M.A.C Woodwinked (at the bottom centre of the photo below) and Bronze (bottom left) eye shadows; Tan pigment (bottom right); Fluidline gel liner in Blacktrack and Rich Ground; and liner in Costa Riche (not shown). Tip: Medium brown liner along the lower waterlines is a softer defined, sexy look that doesn't close up the eyes the way black pencil can, says Gibson.

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In the video below, Melissa talks us through the summer smoky eye how-to as she works with the lovely Danielle -- so many great tips! You'll recognize Melissa from some other videos on Beautygeeks; she's also been a backstage artist at Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Rodarte and Canada's Greta Constantine. Her celeb face work includes Fergie, Evan Rachel Wood and Anna Paquin.

summer smoky eye makeup: the how-to video

Will you try this look? It'll look gorgeous on every shade of eyes; blue eyes in particular will pop.

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Makeup, Melissa Gibson/M.A.C and PlutinoGroup; hair, Alexis Jardin; videography, Amy Gottung.