Smokey eyes are dramatic, daring, and bold, and they’re perfect for everything from a night out to a special occasion. Even better, with a little practice, anyone can pull off this versatile look. Any color can be used to create a smokey eye, although you will need at least three shades of a similar hue. While black and gray are common options for smokey eyes, you can use brown tones, or you can get creative with purples, greens, blues, or any other color you like!
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Creating a Classic Smokey Eye
1. Apply eyelid primer.Eyelid primer creates a smooth base for your eyeshadow. Just dab a thin layer onto your eyelids using your fingers before you start doing your eye makeup. Not only will the color go on more easily, but it will last longer and the colors you use will be more vibrant.
- You can find eyelid primer wherever beauty products are sold.
- If you don’t have eyelid primer, you can use regular face primer instead.
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2. Sweep your medium shade all over your eyelid.Take your middle eyeshadow shade and apply it over your entire eyelid. However, stop when you get to the natural crease on your lid, rather than brushing the color up to your brows.
- A dome-shaped eyeshadow brush is perfect for applying color all over your lids.
- You might also want to stop just before the inner corners of your eyes since that’s where your highlighter will go.
- For example, if you’re using a brown palette that contains dark espresso, warm honey, and shimmery gold shade, you’d use the honey all over your eyelid.
Not sure what color will look best? Consider which colors will complement your eye color and skin tone. For instance, green eyes look particularly good with a gray and plum smokey eye, while blue eyes pop with gold or copper. Brown eyes look great with shades of navy and gray.
3. Apply the lightest color to the inner corner of your eyes and under your brow.The lightest color in your palette is known as the highlighter. Using your eyeshadow brush, dab the highlighter on the inside corner of your eyelid on both your upper and lower lids. Sweep it directly under your eyebrows as well, from the beginning to the end of your brows. Then, use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to blend the highlighter into your middle shade.
- A small, flat brush is great for getting eyeshadow into the inner corners of your eyes, but you can use the same brush you used for the medium shade if you want. Just be sure to use a cloth to wipe off any of the old colors before you switch to a new shade.
- If you’re using the brown palette from above, this would be the warm honey shade.
- Figuring out exactly where to place your eyeshadow is the tricky part of a smokey eye, since everyone’s eye shape is different. Just practice and have fun!
4. Begin layering your darkest color onto the outer corner of your eyesStarting at the outside of your eyes, sweep on the darkest color in a ‘C’ shape. The dark color should go about halfway down your lash line, out to the corner, and back in about halfway down the crease of your eyelid. Whenever you need to apply more of your dark shadow, start at the outer corner of your eye and blend it inwards or upwards. For the best results, work in thin layers, rather than applying a lot of product all at once.
- A small, flat brush is good for applying color to the crease, although you might prefer a fluffier brush that’s tapered at the ends.
- Don’t apply the shadow to the too far in. Depending on the shape of your eyes, the inner third or half of your eyelid shouldn’t have any dark shadow at all. This will help your eyes look open and bright.
- In the brown palette, this would be the dark espresso color.
5. Blend your eyeshadows together.Swirl a fluffy eyeshadow brush from the outer corner of your eye in along your crease, then along the bottom of your eyelid, and up to your brow bone. Keep blending until the shadow fades gradually from the darkest color to your skin tone without any obvious or harsh lines. It can take a little while to get a fully blended eyeshadow look, so be patient.
- Blend up to your brow bone, and from the outer corner to the inner corner of your eyelid.
- If you need to, you can apply more color while you’re doing this.
- If you don’t have a separate blending brush, use a cloth to wipe off all the color from your eyeshadow brush before you start blending, so you don’t transfer the colors.
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6. Add dark eyeliner along your lash line if you want.To make your smokey eye more dramatic, apply pencil, cream, or liquid eyeliner from the inside corner lash line to the outer corner of your eye. To create a cat-eye, which is often paired with a smokey eye, add a small upward flick of eyeliner at the outside corner of your eye, pointing up to the outside edge of your eyebrow.
- For a smudgy look, draw a thick line across the top of your lash line, and then use your fingertip or a small eyeshadow brush to smudge and blur the line.
- To add more drama to your smoky eye, tightline your eyes. This is when you use your eyeliner to draw a line on the inner-rim of your eyes, located directly under your upper lashes and above your lower lashes. This can be difficult for some, as it involves using eyeliner very close to your eyeball.
- To line along your lower lash line, either apply your eyeliner or use an angled brush to sweep a little of your dark shadow along your lashes. You may want to only put the dark shadow on the outer half of your lower lash line, so it mirrors the dark color on your upper lids.
7. Add mascara to define your lashes.Carefully apply your mascara, wiggling your brush between your lashes to help define them. Add no more than two coats to avoid clumps and an unnatural appearance. Apply a single coat to your bottom lashes, as well.
8. Clean up any fallen eyeshadow or smudged mascara.If any eyeshadow or mascara fell onto your cheeks below your eyes, use a large, fluffy makeup brush to sweep it off in quick, broad strokes. If any of your mascara smeared along your eyelid or cheeks, use a q-tip dipped in makeup remover to take it off, and then use your blending brush to fix any extra makeup that may have been removed.
- Once you’re finished, you’re ready to rock your smokey eye!
How To Do Smokey Eye Make-Up?
Smokey eyes exude a sense of power.
And women love to acquire that. When it comes to a signature makeup look, smokey eyes are the go-to. Of course, the right occasion and technique are quite important for the smokey eye. You can’t just wear a heavy black smokey eye to a wedding (unless it’s a goth-themed wedding like the one from 27 Dresses). There’s a time and place for everything. Smokey eyes are very tricky initially. Not knowing the right techniques while applying it can end in a disaster.
1. Black Smokey Eye Makeup
You Will Need
- Black Eyeshadow
- Black liner
- Eyeshadow brushes
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How To Apply Black Smokey Eye Makeup?
Step 1: You should always start with a clean base. Applying a primer allows the makeup to stay longer and makes it easier to blend the eyeshadows. Use a concealer under the eyes and on the eyelids to even out any discoloration.
Step 2: Pack on black eyeshadow to the outer corner and into the crease.
Step 3: Blend out the eyeshadow, so there aren’t any harsh lines.
Step 4: If you feel that it needs more intensity you can pack on more color.
Step 5: Apply a gel or pencil liner as close as you can to the lash line.
Step 6: Smudge it out and blend it with the existing black eye shadow.
Step 7: If you want to create an intense look, you can even take the eyeliner in the crease and deepen it. Make sure to blend it out well.
Step 8: Take the liner under the eyes.
Step 9: Smudge it out to create the smokey effect.
Step 10: It’s time for the finishing touches. Apply your favorite volumizing mascara, and you’re good to go!
The black smokey is a classic and is perfect for a night out at the club!
2. Gold Smokey Eye Makeup
You Will Need
- Gold eyeshadow (Cream and powder textures)
- Dark brown eyeshadow
- Black liner
- Fake lashes
- Eyeshadow brushes
How To Apply Gold Smokey Eye Makeup?
Step 1: Prep, prime and conceal the eyelids. Use a cream gold eyeshadow base. This will make the gold pop out more when you add the powder eyeshadow.
Step 2: Pack on the gold eyeshadow and blend.
Step 3: Take a dark brown eyeshadow and apply it to the outer corner and take it into the crease to create depth.
Step 4: Keep applying the gold to the middle of the lid and the brown in the outer corner till you are happy with the intensity.
Step 5: Apply the gold eyeshadow to the lower lashline. Follow up with black liner on the lower waterline.
Step 6: Apply eyeliner to the upper lash line and flick it out.
Step 7: To complete the look, apply fake lashes, and finish up with mascara.
This is a great holiday look. It also looks fabulous for weddings.
3. Purple Smokey Eye Makeup
You Will Need
- Lilac shimmery eyeshadow
- Black eyeshadow
- Dark purple eyeshadow
- Peachy-pink eyeshadow
- Black liner
- Eyeshadow brushes
How To Apply Purple Smokey Eye Makeup?
Step 1: Start with a lilac shimmery eyeshadow as the starting base color.
Step 2: Pack on some black to the outer corner and blend it out so that there are no harsh lines.
Step 3: Use a slightly darker shade of purple in the middle of the eyelid to create a smooth transition between the lilac and the black. This goes without saying, but blend so that it looks flawless.
Step 4: Find a peachy pink shade and use a fluffy brush to apply above the crease. This gives it a natural gradient.
Step 5: Apply kohl or eyeliner to the lower lash line and smudge it out to give it that smokey effect.
Step 6: Tightline your upper waterline to give your lashes a fuller look.
Step 7: Apply mascara, and your purple smokey is now done!
It’s a misconception that smokey eyes have to be strong. This uses light colors and even the black isn’t so intense. This can be worn in the daytime for a day out shopping in the market or with a cute sundress for brunch.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do smokey eyes suit everyone?
The iconic makeup style looks good on everyone and is universally flattering. When looking for a sexy nighttime look, this is a simple go-to style that always works so it’s important to have it in your arsenal.
2. Do Smokey eyes suit small eyes?
When you have small eyes, your objective should be to create the illusion that your eyes are farther apart than they are. You can do this by using light colors on the inside part of your eyelid and darker colors on the outside.
3. How do u put on mascara?
To apply your mascara, lookup, place the wand at the base of your upper lashes, and wiggle it back and forth, coating the base of your lashes. Then pull the wand upward towards the tip of your eyelashes, making sure you’re coating every part of your lashes as you pull through and moving slowly to avoid clumping.
4. How do you apply liquid eyeliner?
Hold the liquid eyeliner like a pencil, and anchor your pinky on your cheek–again, this should be the pinky of your hand you’re using to apply your eyeliner with. Look straight ahead, or tilt your head back slightly and look down at the mirror: whichever allows you the best view of your upper lash line.
5. What is Pencil eyeliner?
Pencil eyeliner can be used to build a variety of different looks, from feathery wings to a sleek tightlined eye. For a classic look, choose a natural eyeliner color, like MAC COSMETICS Eye Pencil in Coffee or Ebony, and gently sweep across your upper lash line, staying as close to the lashes as possible.
6. What is an eye pencil used for?
It creates a clean, precise line. This type of eyeliner is best used to create sharp, winged eyeliner. Because liquid eyeliner gives a much heavier appearance, it is often only applied to the upper lash-line. The powder-based eye pencil is eyeliner in a wood pencil.