A smokey eye is timelessly sexy. But some of us out there are still not sure how to flawlessly execute a stunning, smoldering look.
Here are eight easy steps for achieving a perfectly smokey finish:
Step 1: Prime Your Eyes
Nothing’s worse than a smoky eye that travels, smears, and settles into fine lines one hour into the night. To keep your shadow from budging, gently pat some primer over your lids and under your eyes to ensure your makeup stays put past last call.
Step 2: Pat On Concealer
When you’re going for an overall smoky look, dark circles tend to kill the sexiness of a smoky eye (you could end up looking bruised versus vampy). To neutralize any shadows under your eyes, blend a creamy concealer (with a thicker consistency compared to liquid, since it won’t settle into creases as much) atop your under-eye area using your ring finger.
Step 3: Powder Your Under-Eye Area
Pro makeup artist secret: After blending on concealer, use a fluffy brush to tap a translucent powder that matches your skin tone (this shade shown here is “Translucent Medium Deep”) atop your under-eye area. The powder will catch loose particles as you apply your eye shadow — then, when you’ve completed the look, gently swipe off the powder with a tissue. Flawlessness!
Step 4: Swipe On A Dark Shadow
Sweep the darkest shadow from the palette of your choice from your lashes to the crease of your eye. Then, use a small, angled brush to apply the shadow along your lower lash line. The best part, which you should already know: Your smoky shade doesn’t have to be black. Instead, try gray, navy, shimmery brown, plum, or forest green, which will all add a sexy element of surprise to your look.
Step 5: Smudge It Out
A smoky eye shouldn’t have any harsh lines; it should be softly blended at the edges. Gently using a Q-tip or a smudger brush, lightly buff the shadow into the crease of your eye, using a windshield wiper-like motion, and then work the same hue into your bottom lash line as well.
Step 6: Define Your Eyes
Now that your color is in place, define your eye with a creamy black, waterproof eye pencil. To do so, drag it along your top and bottom lash lines, making sure there’s no skin peeking through between your lashes. For an extra-sultry effect, line your inner bottom lash line, too (gently pull under-eye skin downward to get access).
Step 7: Highlight
To open up your eye area amidst all the dark, smoky shadow (and add a twinkly radiance), blend a shimmery highlighter along your brow bone and over the inner “V” corner of eyes. If you have fair to medium skin, try a pearl hue; darker complexions look vampy in Champagne shades.
Step 8: Curl Your Lashes
A full-on fringe is a must when creating a sultry, smoky eye. Using an eyelash curler, gently clamp down at the base of your lashes, holding for three seconds, repeating that process until you reach the ends. If you’re truly adventurous, hit the curler with heat from a blow-dryer (only for a second!) before curling your lashes, since heating up the tool can makes your curl last longer.
Step 9: Coat Your Lashes With Mascara
No smoky eye is complete without lush, long, thick, bat-worthy lashes! Create an out-to-there effect with this squeezable mascara tube that allows you to control how much product you load onto the brush head for the ultimate application.