We’re feeling all romantic here at Aquarius – it is February after all. The month of all things lurrrve. Hearts, chocolates, fluffy teddy bears. Or a large dose of Bridget Jones with a side of Ben & Jerry’s. Yes please. But if you’re looking for the ultimate date-night look, it’s all about the sultry, smokey eye. So make like the models at the Roberto Cavalli, Elie Saab and Tom Ford A/W14 shows and get super smokin’.
The man behind some of this season’s smokiest eyes has created the perfect tool to recreate them. Of course he has, is there anything Mr Ford can’t do? And this does it all, too – from smudging out shadow to defining your socket line, it’s the only brush you should be buying.
Tom Ford Smokey Eye Brush Dh245, Bloomingdale’s.
Richly pigmented, beautifully bendable and oh-so-soft, it’s no surprise we’re giving these liners a lot of love. For a sexy, smoky eye in seconds, simply apply to your waterline and lash line and use the handy little blender on the end to smoke it out.
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal Liner in Noir Dh111.
With a range of shades to snazz-up your smoky eye, from neutral mattes to shimmering jewel tones, you can branch out from the blacks and greys and add a touch of cool colour. It even comes with a liner and travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion to make sure your smokiness doesn’t stray.
Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette Dh236, Sephora.
Delivering kohl colour pigments to an intense, lash-magnifying mascara, this mega brush creates beautiful, bold volume and loads lashes with an intense, matte black finish. It also plumps them to perfection thanks to its collagen-enriched formula, giving you the perfect flirty flutter.
Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Smoky Eyes Mascara Dh61, Boots.
The Expert’s tip
For the perfect smoky eye, you need long-wear durable eyeshadow – which is why Stephan Ulvund Øien, international make-up artist at IsaDora, recommends using a primer. “Eye primer is the perfect accessory if you like to use cream shadows or want to get the best out of your eyeshadow. It locks in the pigments so that the shadow does not move, and acts as a shield against oil and moisture on the eyelids.”
3 of the best primers
IsaDora Eye Primer Dh84, Paris Gallery; Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base Dh125, Sephora The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates; Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer Dh85, Sephora.