I Stepped Out Of My Eyeshadow Comfort Zone With A Blue Smoky Eye

It’s about time I used more than my Naked palette, right?
Publish date:
January 21, 2014
eyeliners, eyeshadows, nars, nyx, smoky eyes

I may be a contributing editor at xoVain and get
excitement flurries playing with makeup, but on a day-to-day basis or even when
I have to dress up for events, I tend to stick to tried-and-tested makeup
looks: bold lips with a cat eye, bronze beach goddess with lots of highlights
and gold shimmer, or a good ol' metallic smokey eye from the same three or four shades in
my trusted Urban Decay Naked palette.

In the name of moving out of my comfort zone and actually using
the makeup I've bought or received from various brands, I decided to try
something new: a blue smoky eye.

For many reasons, I've never been a fan of blue eyeshadow. The first thing it reminds me of is the blue eyeshadow that the flight
attendants on Singapore Airlines
usually have on their lids. Growing up, I wanted to be a Singapore Girl. I
remember traveling with my parents and being in complete awe of how their heels
would go clickety-clack as they glamorously sashayed down the marble tiles of
Singapore Airport with their tight kebayas hugging their lithe little bodies.

Having friends who were
actually Singapore Girls gave me almost-first-hand insight to what it took to
be one of the best airlines in the world. Yes, you were hired according to your
looks, you must be able to fit into one of the two uniform sizes provided, and
you go through a training that instructs you on everything from inflight
safety to the colour of eyeshadow you have to wear.

I mean, I love traveling but I'd rather do that with my own money; or even better, when I'm writing a travel story. But I digress.

NARS gave me some products recently, two of which worked
perfectly with the look I was trying to achieve. I used NYX's HD Primer on my
lids before using NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Dark Rite, and their Duo
Eyeshadow in Brumes.

The best thing about NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencils is that not
only does it work perfectly as a base on your lids, it also gives you a lot of
control when you’re lining your lower lash line--something that I find more
difficult when I use eyeshadow and a brush. The pencil gives you
maximum colour with much ease.

What do you think? What's your favorite color to use for smoky eyes?