RED Hearts: The Smoky Eye

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. RED Hearts will be posting every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through February. Today's RED Hearts post is from Jaclyn Humphrey, 19, reporting from Syracuse, New York, who writes about how she conquered the smoky eye:

For those who are kind of makeup challenged like myself, this is for you!

I actually have many horror stories about my attempts to apply makeup. One time I was trying to imitate a look I saw on some TV show, and when I came out of the bathroom, my friends starting laughing, made me remove all of it, and then re-applied my makeup for me. It was that bad.

So, I normally just stick to concealer and mascara, though I do apply more makeup if I’m going out on the town with my best friends or going to a party or out on a date, etc. And Valentine's Day is coming up, so why not try turning some heads, whether you have a date/boyfriend or not?

Which brings me to the great challenge of the smoky eye. It’s an excellent look, and I’ve thought so since I first started seeing it in magazines a couple of years ago. But I’d written it off as beyond my makeup-application abilities... until I found this fantastic how-to video from Sephora on YouTube:

Eyes wide open, I followed the video to get the smoky eye look and was really pleased with the results. I got compliments from impressed friends, and I’d recommend you try it and do the same. I also found videos on how to apply false eyelashes, which I’m tempted to try but don’t think I’m ready for just yet…

RED Hearts guest poster Jaclyn Humphrey is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which was recently published in paperback.