Maybe it's Tasha's warm skin tone that makes me love this smoky-eye look -- I love it even more by the end of the tutorial (below), when celebrity makeup artist Chase Aston gives it a "French noir" finish with an added layer of medium bronze shadow. That bronzey touch softens the overall look without sacrificing its drama.
Using the The Body Shop 4-Step Smoky Eye Palette in Silver Black (now on sale for $14):
1) Sweep the cream silver metallic shadow (lower right) all over the lid
2) Layer and blend the black shadow (lower left) all over the base shade
3) With a small compact brush -- i.e. the wee brush in the palette -- run a line of the black shadow back and forth at the base of your lashes
4) With the same compact brush, mix the silver metallic gloss shadow with the black and run it along the lower lash lines
5) If you like, add a layer of medium bronze shadow over the lid to warm the finish (Chase, who has worked with Kate Winslet, calls it a "French noir" effect. He uses a shade from the Golden Brown palette he used here, but it's no longer available. Instead try the Shimmer Cubes palette #6.)
Here's the short video how-to:
What do you think? Have you worn a smoky-eye look like this before? Like it for New Year's Eve, perhaps?
Model: Tasha, Ford Models. Video via Fujifilm Finepix F80EXR.