How To Do Smokey Eyes

How To Do Smokey Eyes

How To Do Smokey Eyes

When it comes to eye makeup, Smokey Eyes are one of the easiest ways to create a beautiful, sexy, sophisticated look. It is easy to master this technique and achieve flawless results, as long as you know the application secrets.

Choose Your Colors

You can use any color to create a smoky eye but the classic smoky eye is created with black or gray but bronze and brown are also commonly used. You should choose three shades of your selected hue; a light, medium base color and the dark smokey color. Grays and plums really look great with green eyes, navy and gray work well with blue eyes while gold or copper is ideal for brown eyes. If your skin is very fair, I recommend avoiding really bright colors.

What You Need

  • Primer
  • Eye Liner…Liquid or Pencil
  • Eye Liner Brush
  • Eye Shadow Brush
  • Two or Three Different Shades of Eye Shadow
  • Mascara


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Step 1.

Prepare Your Eye:

Apply primer, a foundation, a concealer or other cream color product to the top of your eyelids and around your eyes to create a base for the eyeshadow. Allow the primer to dry completely before applying eyeshadow. The primer will help to prevent your makeup from running and creasing as well as extend the makeup’s life.

Smokey Eye Step 1


Step 2.

Outline The Top Lid

Using a dark eye pencil, line the top rim of your eye, getting as close to the lashes as possible. Liquid eyeliner works great as well, just mark little dots along the lashes and follow with the liner.

Smokey Eye Step 2


Step 3.

Blend Top Lid

Using an eyeliner brush, blend the distinct line that was made with the eye pencil. You may need to use a little shadow to help soften the edges.


Step 4.

Highlight Brow Bone With Lightest Shade

Using an eyeshadow brush, apply your lightest shade working it all the way from the eye lid to the eyebrow bone.

Smokey Eye Step 4


Step 5.

Add The Medium Shade

You will want to apply the medium shade to only the whole eyelid. (if you are only using two shades, skip down to next step).

Smokey Eye Step 5


Step 6.

Add The Darkest Shade

Using an eyeshadow brush, apply the dark shade, starting at your lash line, working your way below the crease of your eye lid, then blend well.  Blending properly is very important.

Smokey Eye Step 6


Step 7.

Outline Beneath The Eye

Using a dark eye pencil, line below eye, getting as close to the lashes as possible. For smaller eyes, apply the liner beginning at the center of the lower eyelid.

Smokey Eye Step 7


Step 8.

Blend Beneath The Eye

Add a small swipe of eyeshaddow and smudge it with a cotton swab to blend and soften the edges.

Smokey Eye Step 8


Step 9.

Apply Mascara

This is the finishing touch and will help set the entire look. If you are going out some where special, you may want to consider getting false eyelashes, because they accent smokey eye’s wonderfully.


Smokey Eye Tips

  • Make sure to blend the colors together thoroughly.
  • I have found that a light hue with a deep rich hue produces the best result.
  • There are endless color combinations for create a smokey eye effect.  Be creative, have fun, pair up different colors and enjoy.

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