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Smoky eyes, past and present

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, April 04, 2007 5:36 PM (Eastern)

I promise, I'll be over my Youtube phase eventually. Right now it's the world's biggest, most fantastic video jukebox...filled with stuff I'd already accepted I'd never see nor hear again. Stuff I'd long forgotten about, usually.

It is not 100% the same as today's smoky eye...the modern smoky eye is layered, blended, and comprised of multiple products. See Asian Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial from Youtube (which is better than the following imo largely because she names the specific products/shades used) or this one (which demonstrates "tightlining" and seems to have better brush info):

The late 1970's/1980's smoky eye, as I recall it, was not called was just "eyeliner," and usually black eyeliner. In fact there is a reference to the technique in the following article (and yes, I read it when it was published in 1980):

The Pretenders' Leather Love Songs

The Pretenders' Leather Love Songs
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"You've got those black lines under your eyes," [Dave] Hill says solicitously. Chrissie's forehead -- what can be seen of it through her long, raven bangs -- crinkles in mock dismay. "It took me five minutes to put 'em there," she protests with a wounded whine. "I don't feel quite like a woman until I've got my eyes drawn on," she tells me, turning to assess her reflection in a full-length mirror. "I've got a technique that doesn't take any time, and you can do it when you're drunk."

Heh, heh! I actually remembered that quote. Was thrilled to find the article online.

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