Easy Smokey Eye Tutorial – Using (mostly!) lower end products

I have been pretty concious that a lot of my posts recently have contained higher end products. So I really wanted to create a few posts and videosshowing you how to create some looks using great lower end products!

I have discovered some great, affordable make-up brands/products over the years, and many of them I have re-purchased and used time and time again (& as you will see in the video, most of the items have definitely seen their fair share of use!).

So to hit off this mini-series, I wanted to start by showing an ‘easy’ smokey eye using Makeup Revolutions Redemption Iconic One palette. I wanted to create quite a smudged look, which is very quick, very easy and doesn’t require anything technical!

(you will have to excuse the yellow lighting in the video…sorry!)

Products used:

  • Nivea Men Post Shave Balm (great as a primer…it contains Glycerin which allows your make-up to ‘stick’)
  • Maybelline’s Instant Anti Age Perfect and Cover Concealer (an amazing concealer!)
  • Makeup Revolutions Redemption Palette Iconic 1 (the shades used are shown in the video)
  • Benefit’s ‘High Brow’ – Yes I did cheat here! This is not lower end, but it is incredible and if you are going to invest in any make-up product from a higher end brand, please make sure it is this! It is meant for under the brows as a highlight, but I also use it on my waterline sometimes to make my eyes ‘pop’ and also under my eyes and down my nose as a highlight!
  • Avon’s True Colour Palette (Mocha Latte) – I am usnsure whether this is stil available, but if not then you can replace the cream shade I used with any similar colour.
  • YSL Eye Pencil (1) – Again, I used a higher end product here but any kohl eyeliner, which is blendable will work. It just so happened that this was to hand.
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (Dark Beige) –  (I have done a review on this on my blog…find it here)
  • Kiko Milano BB Glow Impact (12) – This is a compact foundation but in a shade which is several shades darker than my normal skin tone. Although the brand itself isn’t necessarily lower end, I picked it up for £5.90 (featured in a haul here), so technically it is still very affordable! Any darker foundation will work to contour like I did here.
  • Seventeen Stay Time Pressed Powder (Fair) – I have raved about the stay time foundation numerous times (it is amazing for a thick, full coverage lower end foundation). This pressed powder is pretty good too. It does nothing magical, but it is great for helping your make-up to stay put.
  • Prestige Baked Bronzer – This is definitely a blast from the past! It has been in my collection for years! I don’t know whether this exact one is still available, but it is basically a bronzer which creates a subtle illuminating glow as well as colour pay off. It just helped to make my contour appear not as harsh next to the smokey eyes.
  • Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades in Blushalicious (Now Collection) – Nothing extremely great about this, but great for a muted pink splash of colour on the cheeks
  • Rimmel London Volume Flash Mascara (Black) – This has always been one of my favourite mascaras..and was my ultimate choice until Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara came along! But I wanted to switch it up and it is still a great mascara
  • W7 Lip Twister (Nude) – The ultimate nude lip liner!
  • Gosh Velvet Touch Lipstick (Darling) – The ultimate nude lip stick!

So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this blogpost!

Lots of love




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