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5 Eye Makeup Tutorials for Amazing Smoky Eyes

5 Eye Makeup Tutorials for Amazing Smoky Eyes

If you have noticed closely, you will find that smoky eye style makeup is a trend that comes and goes with every fashion trend once in a while. This makeup art has been around for many centuries and there are numerous examples like Cleopatra from the historical world to Sophia Loren from the modern world. This is because women love to make their eyes stand out. This trend was very prominent in the 20th century from 1950s to 1960s and since then has been omnipresent.   

The reason for calling this eye makeup style as smoky is because of the matte and dark shades of the colors like gray, brown and charcoal that are used to give eyes a smoky look. Darker colors of the color palette are the primary colors. There are several variations of this trend, including brown smoky eye, classic smoky eye, everyday neutral smoky eye, black smoky eye and so many others. Likewise, there are so many techniques to apply eye makeup but the goal remains the same: to make the eyes look broad, mysterious, intriguing and more appealing.

In some smoky eye makeup, only powder shadow is used. The art of smoky eye is a type of makeup artistry that is generally very tough to master. This is why women generally follow instructions by reading or viewing smoky eye makeup tutorials online to try their hand at the art. But it is also a fact that if in desperation, an amateur goes for smoky eyes without proper instructions, she can easily make her eyes look washed out and weary. This makeup artistry is hard to master but not impossible. If you love the look of smoky eyes, you can try out our simple yet stunning tutorials that can guide you to make your eyes look appealing.

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Here are some styles to master the art of sexy smolder to give your eyes a different look for different occasions:

Simple Smoky Eye

It is entirely on you whether you want casual or dramatic smoky eyes. If you love to be more subtle and prefer elegant appearance, then this is perhaps the style for you. This simple smoky eye makeup suits any occasion as well as goes great with a regular day at work. This is a very understated look but mind you it looks very sexy.

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Black And Pink Shade Valentines Look

As the name suggests this look is especially designed for the lovely ladies out there in love and want to make the most of the love day. Besides, this Valentine’s style will make your eyes look gorgeous and perfect for wedding season or any evening occasion. The classic combination of black with a little hint of pink is sure going to yield a super-romantic look. This style has the element of glamour and dazzle and suits best with pink lips and a messy bun.

Classic Smoky Eye Makeup

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This style is for those who love to blend sexy with sophistication. This smoky eye look is not too harsh and not too sophisticated. There is this very fine line that separates sexy and sophistication brilliantly and that’s why it is a classic smoky eye. This makeup style emphasizes more on your features in a very pleasing and subtle way and let you gracefully flaunt on a party, date night or on a regular day out.

Navy And Purple Smoky Eyes

The adorable, elegant and sweet charisma of the velvety eye shadows is surely something one cannot forget. Its application is quite similar to the black smoky eyes but with a twist. With the use of two of the hottest fall colors – namely purple and navy – your eyes are going to look majestic.

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Shiny Smoky Eyes

Have you tried metallic shadow? If not, then use it like a shimmery silver shade that gives you striking eyes perfect for your night of fun. You can also highlight the eyes with a black shadow and define your eyes with black eyeliner. The final look is so gorgeous that you would not hold yourself to try it again. This stunning black and silver smoky makeup is effortless and gives a stunning look.

You can search about these eye makeup styles for a pictorial presentation to help you determine the final look. Beside the above-mentioned smoky eye makeup, there are tons of different styles too.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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