Smoky eyes are always on trend, but often a feared technique for those just delving into the makeup world. The following guidelines, coupled with a bit of practice and blending, will help you achieve a sultry eye-look that’s sure to spice up your makeup routine. You can go the classic smoky eyes route and choose dark, rich eyeshadow tones or be bold with bright, colorful shades. Either way, mastering the technique is the most important part.
This tutorial will be demonstrated using the Naked2 Basics Palette from Urban Decay.
To lengthen the wear time and reduce creasing, use an eyeshadow primer on your eyelids or a tiny bit of your foundation or concealer. Then, take a creamy eye pencil such as, Honey Bee Gardens Blue Jeans, smear it on the eyelids, avoiding the crease, and diffuse the color with a brush or your fingertip.
Next, apply “Undone” over the area you applied the pencil to enhance the color and set the cream product in place.
Using a small, fluffy brush, apply “Cover” to the crease or fold of your eyes. If you have hooded eyelids, go slightly above your natural crease so the shadow is visible when your eyes are open. Then, take a clean blending brush and gently buff the outside edges to avoid harsh lines. Repeat these steps until you achieve the desired darkness.
Apply a small amount of either “Skimp” or “Stark” to your browbone as a highlight, starting right underneath the arch of your eyebrow and sweeping it outward to the tail of your brow. Eyeliner on the top lash line is optional.
Lower lash line:
With a pencil brush or cotton swab, sweep “Cover” on the lower lash line. Overlap “Undone” just on the outer corner of the eyes. For added drama, line your waterline with a black or brown pencil. For a wide-eyed effect, use a skin-tone liner on the waterline such as, Wet & Wild Kohl in Calling Your Buff.
Taking a cotton swab with makeup remover or dampened with water, clean up any areas where you’ve made a mistake. It’s time for lashes. Apply your favorite mascara or pair of falsies to complete your smoky eyes. You can opt for a fiber lash mascara, such as FreshLook to add length and volume.
There are many ways to achieve smoky eyes, but going from a gradient of darker to lighter shades is easier for beginners because it requires less blending. Remember to have fun and experiment. After all; it’s just makeup.