How To Create The Perfect Smoky Eye Makeup Look

How To Create The Perfect Smoky Eye Makeup Look


Even though the smoky eye has been around since the 1920s - stars of the silent film era such as Clara Bow and Louise Brooks can be credited with launching the look - it remains an enduring trend today.

But what is a smoky eye? And how do you achieve it?

The technique involves creating a blended, sultry eye look with a combination of eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. Typically, a darker color is applied to the lash line, changing to paler shades towards the brow bone. 

Traditionally, a smoky eye - like the name suggests - was created using shades of pewter and charcoal. But today, any color can be used - including neutrals - to lend  modern appeal. Nor is it just a go-to for formal evening events; a well-done smoky eye can look fresh and pretty for even the most casual outing.

What you need for a smoky eye makeup look

  • Eyeshadow primer
  • Eyeshadow palette of different shades in the same color family
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Brushes - flat, blending and pencil brush

How to get the perfect smoky eye.

  1. Prepare your eyelids by applying a primer to smoothen out the lids and make your look last longer.
  2. Sweep a transition shade -  neutral shade that matches your skin tone - across the lids, which will help the darker colors blend well.
  3. Apply a matte eyeshadow that is a few tones darker than the transition shade along the eyelid crease and blend well with your blending brush.
  4. Take your main smoky color - it could be  deep plum, burgundy, amethyst, moss green or classic black/grey - and with a flat eyeshadow brush cover the lid, enhancing the outer corners of the eye.
  5. Don’t forget to blend - with a smoky eye, it’s all about softening harsh lines; the different colors should fuse together seamlessly.
  6. A shimmery highlighter or pale eyeshadow should be applied to the inner corner to brighten and open up the look. You can also sweep a little under the brow bone.
  7. Apply a dark eyeliner to both the upper and lower lash lines, perhaps choosing to extend the liner outwards for a dramatic cat’s eye effect.
  8. Mascara is the finishing touch; curl your lashes, or add some easy fake lashes to set the whole look.
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