Q&A with Bobbi Brown

Inspired by our recent beauty feature on palettes, we sought expert smokey eye advice from Bobbi Brown—cue the Surf Eye Palette—who is heating up counters with a slew of limited edition Smokey Nudes.

Q. What was the inspiration behind this collection? 

I created this collection for anyone who has ever been intimidated by the classic dark, smokey eye. Lighter but just as dramatic, this smokey nude eye look is easy to create and easy to wear. Contrary to what many might think, smokey eyes don’t always have to be created using black and charcoal shades.

Q. How would you create a smokey eye using the Smokey Nudes eye palette? 

I created this palette to make it easy for any woman to create a soft or strong smokey eye, depending on her style, her mood or the occasion. Simply layer shades of nude like Rose Brown or Naked Eye Shadow underneath any medium shade like Smokey Brown or Smoked until you get the intensity you want. Slightly smokey or super smokey—it’s up to you and what you feel good in. Finish off with an almost nude lip for a perfectly balanced look that’s subtle yet sexy.

Q. When doing a smokey eye, is it more important to highlight lips or cheeks? 

I would recommend that every woman enhance whichever feature she prefers and wants to highlight. That said, it’s important to keep your look balanced, so pair a smokey eye with a nude lip or soft, flushed cheek. A smokey eye looks prettiest when it stands out against minimal makeup.

Q. Any tips for a beginner who wants to create a smoke eye?

  • Choose a softer shade, like bronze, so you have more room for error. 
  • Choose a powder shadow formula to apply all over the lid and as eyeliner. It’s more forgiving than pencil and you won’t have to worry about making the most precise line. 
  •  Add color a little at a time, blend it and then add more if needed. Remember, it’s easier to build color than it is to take it off. 

Available in September at T Galleria Hawaii by DFS

Info and image via Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

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