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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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