HOW TO: Smoky Eyes

By February 8, 2012 6 Comments

HOW TO: Smoky Eyes

I’d be remiss to say that creating a smoky eye is easy because it’s not. But it is probably the most asked for eye makeup look out there. After trying several smoky eye techniques (and I mean several), this one seems to be the most straight-forward with the best results. You don’t need to be a professional to create a smoky eye, but you should know a few basics: how to use a liquid eyeliner, a crease shadow brush. But most importantly, you shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes – because mistakes will happen, there’s no doubt about that (and that’s why you have Q-tips and makeup remover!).

Here are 10 steps that are meant to act as guidelines for creating a fabulously fierce grey/black smoky eye:

Products I Used:
Concealer – Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer No.04 Medium
Eye Shadow Palette – Dolce & Gabbana in Femme Fatale 100
Liquid Liner – Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Thickening Mascara – MAC Opulash Bad, Bad Black
Shimmer Highlighter – RMS Living Luminizer


Step 1 – Prime eyes with an eye primer or use a concealer sponge and blend concealer over the entire eye lid.

Step 2 – Using a base shade (anything, white, bone or beige-hued), sweep shadow from lash line to brow bone.

Step 3  – With a liquid liner, dot your upper lash line from outer corner to 3/4 in. For wide set eyes, dot from outer corner to inner corner (tear duct). Try to keep the dots small and consistent.

Step 4 – Follow the dots and draw the line. Start from the inner most part of the eye and draw outwards. Make the line a bit heavier in the middle. Do not wing the tip out. Follow the natural curve of your lash line. Let the liner dry.

Step 5 – Take your medium dark color (in this case, a chalky grey), and sweep from the lash line fanning up toward the crease.

Step 6 – Using the darkest shade (in this case, the black-grey), apply from the lash line to the crease, fanning up and out again. Make sure that the shadow is heavier at the lash line, gradually becoming more bare by the time it’s to your brow bone – I call it, “gradiating your lids.”

Step 6 – Using a neutral shimmering shade (in this case, the shimmering white shadow from the palette), apply on the brow bone (you can also use a brow highlighter here instead).

Step 7 – Take a blending brush and blend from outer corner of the eye, inward. This will slightly mix everything together so that there are no harsh lines and the lid looks even.

Step 8 – Apply the dark shadow color under your lower lash line from outer corner to 3/4 inwards. For wide set eyes, you can apply to the tear duct. Make sure to keep the line thicker on the outer corners. With a q-tip or your finger, blend the bottom line from inner yet, outwards. Again, make sure to smoke out and up at the outer corners of your eye (you’ll want the lower lash shadow to “smoke” into the top shadow).

Step 9 – Apply a thickening mascara to top lashes.

Step 10 – Finish with a dot of shimmer highlight on the inner corners of your eyes (this will widen them and give a more intense pop).

EXTRA – For more depth and drama, you can line the inner rim of your lower lash line with a pencil liner. Only line from outer corners inward 3/4.

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