How to Create the Perfect Smokey Eye
How To Get Smokey Eyes
Smokey eyes have been a big style for quite awhile and there's no sign this particular trend is dying. Here we show you step-by-step instructions on how to get the perfect smokey eye.
The key to the perfect smokey eye is proper blending. You want to make sure colors are blended together flawlessly. Also, it's important to pair light base colors with rich dark colors. Nice mixes include: Soft gold base with deep purple on top, base with bright blue and peach base with green hue.
Time Required: 5 minutes
- Prep the lid. The key to keeping eyeshadow from melting into your eyelid crease as the day goes on is to kept eyelids oil-free. To do this start with an eyeshadow base (also called "primer"). I prefer to dab at bit of MAC's 'paint' on lids before shadow application. Or try Fresh Freshface Perfecting Eye Primer.
- Apply eyeliner. If you're going for a typical black, brown or gray smoky eye, apply liner in one of those colors above the upper lash line, drawing line thicker in the middle of eye. If your opting for a jewel-toned eye (violet makes a gorgeous smokey eye), line eyes with a purple, blue or deep green liner.
- Blend in color on bottom lashes For color on the bottom (a key smokey eye look) you'll want a lighter The key is to "smudge it." You can also apply a bit of shadow to get full smudge effect.
- Apply light base color Again, the key to a smokey eye is pairing a lighter base with the darker hue. I prefer a nice cream shade for my base. Sweep a light, shimmery shadow over the lids to your browbone. I love Stila's whipped $20. The moist "mousse" consistency seems to stay on forever. My favorite colors are taupe and pearl.
- Blend in darker color, but keep dark color below the crease. Now that you have the base and eyeliner on, it's time to get the smoky effect. You need a darker eyeshadow shade. Using an
blend in color starting at your lash line, blending up. Make sure to blend color into the lash line so the eye liner disappears. Stop deep color at crease.
- Double check your work Make sure eyes match and blend color with a Q-tip if need be.
- Finish with several coats of voluminous Tried and true . (featured in "Elle" magazine) include Dior Show Mascara & L'Oreal Paris Volume ShockingMascara. Elle's writer says they are the best volumizers she's tried.