Friday, September 11, 2009

How To: Smoky Eyes — by Guest Mom Allison Czarnecki

I adore smokey eyes more than words. There's something so gorgeously alluring about them, and they look really complicated and intricate so you can trick people into thinking you spend a lot of time on your makeup. Because stuff like that matters.

I've long coveted the eye makeup of someone whose name rhymes with Jim Bardashian. I can't bring myself to say her real name, but her make-up is ridiculous. And by ridiculous I mean awesome. So, I *might* have spent some time on her website and some more time looking at magazine shots of her face. *Sigh*, I know.

We're back to square one. Remember the blank canvas? Pretend the pictures are right here because that's where you want to start.

That wasn't even hard at all, right? And I need to point out that a smokey eye doesn't have to be done with black, it can be done with any color. Smokey is just a style. Purple is really hot this fall and I'm dying to do a smokey eye in plum.

Never ever, ever leave the house with smokey eyes and red lipstick. It's too much. Nude lips are what you're after. And by that I mean almost opaque beige. Or you can go with Saavex, which I do on a regular basis.

Wasn't that fun? I honestly can't help myself when it comes to cosmetics. Thanks so much for having me on Design Mom this week, I had a ball. And my crazy talented dear friend wanted me to point out that I never mentioned where my husband was from when I told you he's an immigrant, like it must have been a bad place. For the record, he's Polish.

You can find more of Allison at Petit Elephant.

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Blogger KJ said...

you are working it hard core, girl.

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 3:32:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Mrs. Organic said...


Friday, September 11, 2009 at 3:53:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Preparedness Pro said...

Can I just say, quite fabulous!

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 4:02:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously. SERIOUSLY. Excellent smokiness.

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 4:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Azúcar said...

Girl, we're on the same page.

Guess who's wearing smoky eyes today?

No, I meant me.

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 4:09:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous becoming-mom said...

I must be daft because I don't get it! When you say blend up, which color from the palette do you mean? Do you apply the gray everywhere first and blend the black shadow? This has always eluded me!

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 4:12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lindsey Conrad - Nabors said...

I LOVE smoky eyes!!! SMOKIN!!! ha ha

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 4:21:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Mamma said...

Wait! You are so beautiful and coiffed and now you're showing me how to do it too?!! There is hope for me afterall.

Love this!!

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 4:23:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Laura Trevey said...

Well.... Your eyes are gorgeous!!
have a wonderful weekend ~~

xo Laura

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 4:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Melony said...

I'm with becoming-mom you showed us the pallet and then said blend but where do you put what colors?? Blend what? Help!?

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 5:35:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Laura Ferry-Jimenez said...

ok, I will try this look again since you made it look so simple! I, too, love Jim's make-up. ;) I always end up looking like I have a healing black eye. haha.

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 5:41:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous amyks said...

Okay, so I went and bought eyeshadow to do this smoky eye this am, before I even saw this awesome "tuut", I am planning on trying it out this weekend. Thanks for all your great fashion tips this week. You were great.

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 5:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

You've been a great guest mom!! Thanks for all the info. and tips.

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 5:56:00 PM EDT  
Blogger amy smart said...

I SO needed help with eye-makeup. How did you know?? Great job with the Guest Mom-ing!

It was GREAT to meet you [in person] today at Touchpoint! I wish I could have stayed the whole day. Next time for sure!

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 7:16:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kyle & Alissa said...

lovedboth posts. Thanks

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 10:28:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...


Somebody has to. Kidding, kidding.

Mrs. Organic,

Thanks, and so easy too!

Preparedness Pro,

Thank you, it's kind of fun right?


thank you! it took a little bit of Jim Bardashian *study*, but I'm really happy with the results!


Separated at birth, reunited by blogs?

becoming mom & melony

you are not daft! sorry, I kind of glossed over that part. blend your eyeliner up as far as you can take it, then make the shadows do the rest. you want it to fade as you go up so: darkest on your lid, grey in the crease, fog on your brow. make sense? the key is BLENDING.

Lindsey Conrad,

Smoke this! ha ha.


Whatever. You're fab all on your own. But if people had shared their tips with me years ago? Oh the time I would have saved.

Laura Trevey,

Thank you, I appreciate it! It's all about the right makeup. ;)

Laura Ferrey,

It's absolutely doable. Really simple. It's all about layering and blending. And q-tips are invaluable for the inevitable clean-up.


sweet! tell me how it turns out, i'm dying to know.


aww thanks, it's been my pleasure. so much fun.

amy smart,

these tips were designed with you in mind. please, you look fantastic. it was really great meeting you too, we need to hang.

kyle and alissa,

thank you. and you're welcome.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 2:36:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Mommys Online Garage Sale said...

Love it!

Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 7:49:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Musings of a Housewife said...

Allison, You are too gorgeous for words! I'm so totally trying this with your tutorial. I've never quite mastered the art of the smoky eye.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 8:04:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous alexandra said...

thank you! I've always wanted to do a smoky eye but was reluctant to try for fear that I would look like a raccoon. this looks great and seems do-able for me :)

Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 10:32:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Mauri said...

Thanks for the makeup tips. I've always had problems with makeup so the pictures were quite helpful. Loving the smokey eye. I might have to try it for a hot date with the hubby tonight!

Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 11:23:00 AM EDT  
Blogger michelledoodads said...

Your smoky eyes are HOT HOT HOT. So happy to see you on designmom this week!

Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 10:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Camille said...

You wear it well! you can definitely pull it off!

Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 1:24:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Michemily said...

You mean to tell me that smokey eyes are smoky mainly from eyeliner? I realize I'm not so informed, but tell me, how do you blend? Do you use a special brush? A Q-tip?

Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 11:27:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

Mommys Online Garage Sale,
Glad you like it!

Musings of a Housewife,

Thank you, you're too sweet! Let me know if you run into any snags. I fully expect photos.


Totally doable. You can even make it a little less foxy for everyday.


I hope it worked out for your date!


thank you! it was really fun to be here on design mom, she's one of my faves!


thanks. I seriously think anyone can pull it off if it's done right.


I mainly use eyeliner, just to start with, because it gives a good foundation. I fill in the rest with eyeshadow over the top though, blending with just a regular eyeshadow brush. The q-tips are just for clean-up in this case though, not for blending.

Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 12:24:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Down Comforter said...

Very good! I love that look, but mine never comes out quite right...taking the laptop into the bathroom now to try your step-by-step. :-)

Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 3:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Neva said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love smokey eyes too but they always seem so scary. Can't wait to try this on Wedding Anniversary date night!

Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 4:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

Down Comforter,

Let me know how it turns out, for real.


That's what the q-tips are for: to clean up the raccoon eye. Hope they turn out really foxy!

Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 7:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger StacieinAtlanta said...

WOW! You and your eyes look amazing!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...


It's all about the lighting.....and thank you.

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 12:15:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Is it a fashion "no" if I wear that terrific smokey eye along with my mom sweats?

Hmm, perhaps jeans would fit the bill.

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 10:17:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...


Only if they're mom jeans. Then you're cool.

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 1:53:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous jyl (Mom It Forward said...

Allison... your eyes are smokin' hot! I need me some of those smokey eyes this fall (right along with my tall black boots... promise me they'll never go out of style!) And guess what? You're gonna wanna steal my purple eye shadow, because it is sooooo up your ally. How about you come get my hair done with me and I'll let you wear my yummy purple MAC eye shadow that I can't remember the name of offhand?

Awesome pics BTW!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 3:31:00 AM EDT  
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 2:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Photoggirl said...

Both my husband and I loved your post. You had us both laughing with the funny "Jim Bardashian". Love the eyes too!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 3:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...


You name the time and place and we'll swap makeup. And maybe black boot buying skills.


I couldn't bring myself to say the actual name, let alone condone her behavior. But her eye makeup.....sigh.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 4:38:00 PM EDT  
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Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 9:42:00 AM EST  

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