To call the “smokey eye” look just another makeup trend would be a gross injustice. Trends become passé, but the mystic allure of smokey eyes is eternal. Everyone wants a perfect pair of smoldering eyes that exude oomph and power, but sadly, not everyone is “born with it.”
Pro tip: don’t let simple genetics dull your sparkle, for there’s nothing that a little makeup can’t fix.
Pick up your eyeshadow brush and use it as a magic wand to give your eyes definition, structure, and a magnetic appeal. For the longest time, smokey eyes were largely synonymous with shades of black and charcoal grey.
But over the years, the color scheme for conjuring this signature look has expanded to include the whole spectrum of your eye shadow palette.
From traditional favorites like black, brown, and grey to the more edgy and out-there options like purples, greens, and blues, you can use virtually any color that catches your fancy to perfect this timeless technique.
If you are a novice, you should play it safe by using nudes and lighter shades at your first attempt. Move to bolder colors once you have acquired enough expertise to seamlessly apply, crease, and blend the different hues into a perfectly finished look.
Given that everyone has their own eye shape, there is no one way to get the classic look. But if you already have an idea of the eyeshadow placement that is required to achieve this look, you have got it half-licked.
Everyone learns through trial and error. But once your foundations are clear, the task becomes a whole lot easier.
Things you’ll need:
Preparing your eyes for the perfect smokey eyes involves three steps:
The first step toward a successful makeup look is to prep your skin for it. The importance of cleansing, moisturizing, and priming your eyelids cannot be emphasized enough.
To create a smooth base for your eye makeup, you must first prime your eyelids. Applying a primer base not only helps smoothen the skin texture but also makes your makeup stick to the skin and last longer.
If you are aiming for a look as intense as smokey eyes, this foundational step is all the more important as it helps the colors to blend more easily.
The primer will make the texture of your skin more uniform, but you may have to do some color correction to get a uniform skin tone. If you notice any discoloration over your eyelids or under your eyes, apply minuscule amounts of concealer to even out your patchy skin.
A smokey eye look usually involves the amalgamation of at least three shades of a similar hue. What color scheme will work best for you depends upon the color of your skin and your eyes.
But that doesn’t mean that you have to stick to the tried-and-tested route. You can try out different shades to see which one suits you the most.
When you have decided upon the three colors that you will be working with, use the medium-tone shade to apply all over your lower lid. For instance, if you choose a brown palette that contains dark brown, warm brick, and shimmery gold shade, the neutral-toned brick will work as the neutral base for your look.
A highlighter can make or break a perfect makeup look. This wonder product helps to contour the facial structure by drawing attention to your high points. When you brush on this shimmery goodness onto your skin, it reflects light in such a way that makes your face look sculpted.
You can also use the lightest color in your palette as a highlighter to accentuate your brow bone. To make your eyes look shapely, dab some on the inner corner of your eyes as well.
Now, we move on to the darkest color of the chosen three, which will be used to accentuate the shape of your eyes further. Given that this color is more dominant than the rest of the shades, you will have to be extra careful when applying it.
It is very important not to go overboard and pack on more color than you need. The darkest shade will naturally be quite pigmented, so you only need a little product for maximum effect.
The color has to be layered partially onto your outer eyelid while keeping the inner one-third completely free of the dark shadow. You should start by sweeping the darkest shade from the outer corner of your eyes and go about halfway down your lash line.
Apply the eyeshadow in a “C” shape to cover almost half of the lid, but never go too far in. People with heavy-lidded eyes should be extra-careful not to apply too much product.
Once you have applied the three shades in the specified areas, you will have to blend them all to get rid of any distinct outlines.
Now, we come down to the final touches. Dark eyeliner and a bit of mascara can add a whole lot of drama to your smokey eye.
You can use a pencil, cream, or liquid eyeliner to define your eye shape. In fact, you can elevate your smokey eye look with a simple upward flick of the eyeliner, creating a cat-eye.
Outlining your eyes with eyeliner can lift them to look big and beautiful. And mascara does the same for your lashes. Curling your lashes with mascara makes them appear long and luscious.
Once you are done with the makeup application, you should check for any smudges, smearing, or product transfer.
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