Call me lazy, but even though I spend hours Youtubing six-step highlighting routines and smokey eye tutorials that involve a minimum of four products, I rarely have the patience to actually do them. This is where Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream comes in; I recently discovered that in addition to helping with chapped lips and dull skin, it’s also a great way to get a glossy, smokey eye in seconds.
Here’s what happened. A few weeks ago, I was headed out to a Diwali brunch and between trying to figure out my hair and replying to texts, my kohl-rimmed smokey eye went sort of askew. I’d normally reach for some eye makeup remover in a situation like this, but this time I decided to smear some Eight Hour Cream on to see what would happen. I call this my eureka moment. In seconds, the crooked liner morphed into an imperfect smokey, glossy, sexy eye, the kind that looks like it took serious effort.
It’s the kind of makeup that makes you feel like you woke up ready to shoot a nineties Calvin Klein ad. There's nothing, as far as I'm concerned, more sexy or alluring than some well placed gloss, whether worn high on the cheekbones or on the centre of the eyelid.
It’s a super simple look to do; all you need is a soft eye pencil – the Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner is a favourite, but any regular kohl pencil will do – and the tiniest bit of the Eight Hour Cream or a non-tinted, glossy lip balm. Line your waterline and scribble a thick line over the upper lid. Since you’re going to smudge it out anyway, don’t worry about making mistakes. Then, dab a little balm on your fingertip and smear it all over the lid, blending it into the eyeliner. Then, it’s only a matter of adjusting for more liner or more gloss until you’ve got a tint that works for you.
The glossiness is incredible because it really makes your eyes pop, making them look multi-dimensional and all sorts of spectacular. Sure, it gets a little tricky after a few hours when the colour starts slipping a bit, but all you have to do is blend it in some more, the way you would lip balm on your lips, right out of the pot.
It’s a minimal, low-maintenance look that you needn’t worry about looking perfect. The best part: you can touch it up anytime you like, since I’m guessing you probably already carry around some liner and gloss in your bag anyway. Plus: you can experiment a bit with the colour. Blue, deep burgundy, chocolate brown, ebony or even copper liners all work great with this look. Now tell me this isn’t the easiest smokey eye you’ve ever come across!
Mamta Mody photographed by Taras Taraporvala. © Taras Taraporvala.