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YSL Beauty's Lloyd Simmonds Shares His Secret to the Perfect Smoky Eye

a pro trick that could make all the difference to your dramatic eye makeup
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YSL Fall 2013 makeup_City Drive Palette eye shadows in Arty

We beautygeeks live for those little professional tricks that take makeup from pretty good to great. When Lloyd Simmonds, creative director for Yves Saint Laurent makeup (and BC-born Canadian expat in Paris) shared with us his secret to the perfect smoky eye, we geeked out and did a happy dance. Then we pointed a camera at Lloyd and asked him to share his tip with you. See the video below.

See? Just slight adjustments in how we use a brush et voilà. Beautifully blended smoky eyes.

For another YSL makeup pro's brush tip for better blush, click here. For a look at more of Lloyd's work, click here.

Will you try Lloyd's secret to the perfect smoky eye? Or maybe you have a foolproof blending trick of your own?

And let's ponder, for a moment, this vibrant blue shadow with the model's bright blue eyes. Does it work for you?

Smoky eye makeup by Lloyd Simmonds using the YSL Fall 2013 Palette City Drive eye shadow quad in Arty. Stay tuned for full collection info and photos. Model photo via Fujifilm Finepix F770 EXR.