Timeless, sexy, classic and fun. It’s the smokey eye look. It suits every woman and never goes out of style. And with the right tricks and tools, it is a lot easier to create than you think. Here’s how:
1. The right tools
Without the right tools, it’s impossible to achieve a flawless look. So, grab a few eyeshadows in the same colour family. It can be any colour. Black, purple, green… Just as long as you choose shades in that family that allow you to create a seamless gradient, from darkest to lightest. So, for example, for a classic black smokey eye, you’d need a dark black shade, a light black shade, a grey shade and a white shade.
Next, you need some good eye brushes. A flat one to apply colour on the lid, a stiff dome brush to work in the crease, a fluffy brush to blend out the edges in the crease and apply highlighter on the browbone, and a pencil brush for the lashline.
2. Eyes first
Most women apply makeup on their faces first, and then proceed to do their eye makeup. But when you do a smokey eye, it’s best to do the opposite. Some fallout is bound to occur and it’s a lot easier to clean up the mess if you’ve haven’t applied anything on your face yet.
3. Prime time
Before you start to apply your eyeshadows, prep your lids with an eyeshadow primer (my favourite is Too Faced Shadow Insurance). This won’t just ensure your look will stay put for the whole day, but will also create a smooth and even canvas for the eyeshadows, which will make it easier to blend them properly and effortlessly.
4. Blend, blend, and blend some more
The key to the perfect smokey eye is proper blending. You want to create a nice gradient where the colours blend seamlessly into one another, so you’ll have to blend out any harsh lines with the help of a fluffy brush. For best results, use circular motions when blending out the colours in the crease.
5. Highlight it!
Smokey eyes, especially darker ones, can look quite heavy. To brighten up the look, apply a touch of shimmering white, gold, light pink or any other very sheer shade in the same colour family you used for your smokey eye, on the browbone and the tearduct.
6. Accessorize it!
The perfect accessories for a smokey eye? Eyeliner and lots of mascara. Line your upper and lower lashlines, and your waterline, with either a pencil or gel eyeliner that’s easy to smudge (I love to use Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils for this type of look) and blend them out into your eyeshadows. Then, apply mascara on your lashes. If you want a more intense look, you can also apply it on your lower lashes (just make sure you use a waterproof mascara to avoid ugly smudges under your eyes) and false lashes.
7. Keep the rest of the face toned down
When you do a smokey eye, the focus is clearly on the eyes. So, keep the rest of the face neutral. Soft pink, beige pink and nude shades work well both for the cheeks and lips.
Do you like smokey eyes? Do you have any tips on how to create them?