Where are you Smokey

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Kajal or Kohl is the most quintessential part of any eye makeup routine. It has been one of the staple cosmetics for centuries. Kajal is used and loved by women all over the world as it accentuates their eyes making it look more appealing and beautiful. Kajal beautifully enhances the eye and transforms any look. Let us have a detailed insight on the history, evolution and different methods of application of this product.

Aside from being a cosmetic product, it was believed that it could protect the eyes from the harsh sun rays and act as a cooling agent for the eyes. This was known as galena eye paint in Ancient Egypt which was later popularly known as Kohl. It is widely used in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, West Africa and the Horn of Africa as eyeliner to contour and darken the eyelids, also as a mascara for the eyelashes. Even ancient Egyptian ruler Cleopatra was also a fan of Kajal as seen with her bold kohl rimmed wings in her sculptures, paintings and drawings.

Kajal is formulated with a mixture of amorphous carbon or organic charcoal, natural waxes, plant oils and the soot from various nuts, seeds and gum raisins. Kajal is the most loved makeup product in India. Kohl is known by many names in India including kajal in hindi, surma in Punjabi, kajol in Bengali, kajalh in Marathi and is called differently in many other languages. Kajal has religious and cultural ificance in India. In many parts of India, kajal is believed to eliminate evil spirits.

Talking about its cultural aspect, kajal is used as a beauty product on most Indian classical dancers in different forms from Kathak to Bharatanatyam. Indian women used to make their own kajal at home by dipping cotton in ghee and lightening it to create a flame.

The flame is covered with a metal tin. The soot which is often mixed with camphor and sandalwood was scooped up which was applied using fingertips and cotton around the eye area. Due to its soothing properties, it was a great product to be used in summers. Over the years the process of making kajal has evolved.

Along with the changing eras of the Indian film industry, different kajal looks also evolved with it. The cult favourite trend being the smokey eye look which was initially done using a kajal. There are so many ways of applying Kajal. But the most important part is picking the right kajal pencil. Always choose the one which is long lasting and smudge-proof. To get the classic Kohl rimmed eye look, start by prepping and moisturising the eyelids to ensure that the eye makeup lasts longer.

Take a dark kohl pencil and glide it along the top and bottom waterline, from the inner to outer corner. Using a clean, flat angled brush, go over and smudge the line on the upper lid to soften the lines and blend it. Smudge the kajal the same way on the lower lid. Finish the look by applying coats of mascara. Winged eyeliner looks are the most popular when it comes to eye makeup.

For this look, you need to draw a small side flick and then connect it to the center of the upper lash line. You can extend it to the inner corner of the eyes if you like. You can smudge it lightly to give it a smokey look. This makes the eyes appear bigger and beautiful. Use your ring finger to gently lift your upper lid so that the waterline beneath your lash line is visible. Take a kohl pencil and glide along your upper waterline.

Apply mascara to finish this look. It takes time and practice to get used to this method. Smokey eye is a ature eye makeup look that gives a dramatic look and makes your eyes stand out. It is great for an evening out, party or even a date night. Start by moisturising the lids with a primer so that the makeup stays put.

Use a black eyeshadow and blend out all over the lids. Apply kohl on the upper lash line, lower lash line and waterline. Take a pointed brush and blend the black shade on your lower lash line to smoke it out. Draw a sharp wing with a liner. Apply a generous amount of mascara to complete this look. Upgrade your basic black kajal by adding a pop of colour. There are kajal pencils that are available in different shades like blue, purple, brown, peach and more.

Ditch the black ones and instead opt for these to make your eyes pop! Image: Instagram. Classic cat eye look can never go out of style. However, the current trend doing the rounds is the reverse cat eye makeup. It is just inverted to focus the attention to the lower lash line. Take a liner and run the pencil to the lower lash line and use an angled brush to wing it out at the corner. The trick is to bring it to the inner corner of the eyes. Extend that inner corner, then wing it towards the outer corner. Then smoke it out with a brush. Now take a detailed brush with some eye shadow and diffuse the edges.

Finish the look by applying mascara to the top and bottom lashes. At one point in time, kajal contained lead sulfide, which could cause lead poisoning. Rule and Rule of the Drugs and Cosmetics rule prohibit the use and imports of cosmetics which include lead and arsenic compounds. However, if you are not very sure about the contents, you can always opt for organic Kajal that is available in the market. Yes, you can apply Kajal even if you are wearing lenses. You can opt for regular waterproof kajal or the ones made for sensitive eyes.

Try to avoid the gel Kajal and liners as it might get stuck on lenses and could cause problems. There are eye makeup products that are ophthalmologist-approved and suitable to wear with contact lenses. You can start by applying kajal, starting from the outer corner of your eye and moving inwards to the tear duct area.

Rest your hands on your cheeks for extra support. Apply kajal in short and repetitive strokes. In order to access website you need to accept our cookie policy. View cookie policy. Subscribe to Femina. Subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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