How to get the perfect “smokey eye” look!

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posted on April 27, 2012 by  |  posted under Beauty, Fashion

smokey eye tutorial

I love to get all dressed up when I go out at night. Sometimes, I have more fun getting ready than I actually do being at the event I got ready for. But my outfit never feels complete unless my makeup is up to par. Here’s a simple way I like to make my eyes pop and stand out, known as the “smokey eye.”

These colors do work for all eye colors, but you may want to make some alterations depending on what looks best on you. I have dark brown eyes so I tend to wear darker shades of eye shadows. If you have blue or green eyes, you can definitely wear dark colors, just go a bit lighter to make your beautiful eye color stand out.

smokey eye tutorial

I usually put on all of my foundation and blush to begin with.

smokey eye tutorial

smokey eye tutorial

Step 1: Apply some eye liner on your upper and lower lid. For the upper lid, make a thin line by staying as close to the eyelashes as possible. To make your eye appear slightly bigger, extend the eyeliner beyond your eye and give it a slight curve upward. For underneath the eye, I like to pull my lid down and put the liner on the inside.

smokey eye tutorial

smokey eye tutorial

Step 2: Use a gray or silver color for the inner and lower part of your lid. I also put some on the bottom, inner part of my eye. Always use a lighter color for this section of your eye when doing your eyeshadow to create a more “awake” look.

smokey eye tutorial

Step 3: Use a neutral color for your eyelid above the crease and brush from the inside outward. Also brush up into your eyebrow.

smokey eye tutorial

smokey eye tutorial

Step 4: Here comes the fun part to create the dramatic look! Using a black or dark gray eyeshadow, brush along your crease, from where your eyeliner ends into the middle of your eyelid. Go ahead and put some black shadow along your eyeliner if your feeling sassy! Continue to put some eyeshadow on the lower part of your eye, starting from the outside of the lid, working inwards.

smokey eye tutorial

smokey eye tutorial

Step 5: At this point, chances are your black eyeshadow looks a little messy so this is where we blend to bring the look together. Using a gray, or pale purple, Blend above your crease and outside of all the areas where you placed your black. Continue to blend along the bottom part of your eye.

smokey eye tutorial

smokey eye tutorial

Step 6: Put on your mascara. Some like to put it on before, but in my case, eyeshadow gets in my lashes so I save the mascara for last. And, I know it looks like I just have a black eye, BUT this is just one eye.

smokey eye tutorial

smokey eye tutorial

Step 7: Voila! Seeeee, no black eye! Continue steps 1-6 on your other eye for a rockin, ready to party makeup look!

smokey eye tutorial

smokey eye tutorial

Here is what I use.. nothing too fancy.

1. Maybelline “Define-A-Line” soft black: $5-6

2. I don’t know the brand, but I picked it up from Wal-Mart. “Shimmer Strips, Smoky Brown Eyes:” $5-7

3. Maybelline “Expert Wear” Chai Latte: $4-5

4. Mac “Black Tied” and “Flirty Number:” $13-15 each

5. Maybelline “Define-A-Lash” Very Black: $5-6

smokey eye tutorial

And, just in case you’re wondering about my foundation and blush.. and lipgloss.

1. Bare Minerals “Medium Beige and Warmth:” together around $45

2. Clinique “Assorted Blushes:” $20

3. Revlon “Peach Petal:” $7

If you’re not comfortable with wearing a lot of make-up, don’t! The amount you put on can be altered and still have the same effect. And, of course, if you want a more dramatic look then put on more. I hope that this was some help and I’d love to hear some feedback! Especially for those of you with different colored eyes than brown; what colors would you recommend? Do any of you use a special technique? Share! We’d all love to hear it!

smokey eye tutorial

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  1. April 27th, 2012 at 6:52 am
    my honest answer says:
    Wow, it's such a dramatic difference with one eye done and one not! Thanks so much for all the tips, I was doing it nearly right, but I wasn't adding a grey on top of the black and I always found blending hard. Now I know why, thanks!
    • April 28th, 2012 at 7:31 pm
      darlene says:
      the blending is key! it can really clean the eye up :)
  2. April 27th, 2012 at 10:25 am
    Missy says:
    Thanks Darlene - I need to go pick up a few supplies so I can try it out tonight! Hot Date!;)
  3. April 27th, 2012 at 11:20 am
    Deirdre says:
    Thanks for sharing the products too!!
  4. April 27th, 2012 at 10:00 pm
    Nicole says:
    Wow - you look great with and without the makeup! Thanks for sharing your tutorial, and the specific products you used, too.
    • April 28th, 2012 at 7:33 pm
      darlene says:
      thank you so much! that was so sweet to say :) the products are definitely in a reasonable price range so i hope everyone can give this a try!
  5. April 30th, 2012 at 5:19 pm
    megan h. says:
    you have always rocked this look! i can't do it. help me!
  6. May 1st, 2012 at 5:41 pm
    Jenn says:
    I believe the Shimmer Strips are by Physicians Formula. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions. Can't wait to try this out this weekend!
  7. May 9th, 2012 at 9:05 am
    Kimberly Briggs says:
    this really help me to get the smokey eye look your a real expert!!! :)
  8. May 18th, 2012 at 10:08 pm
    Cristi says:
    love those colors of eyeshadow! What a difference it makes!
  9. October 17th, 2012 at 6:25 pm
    Sara says:
    Thanks for the tutorial! You're gorgeous :)
  10. November 7th, 2012 at 5:46 pm
    Darlene says:
    Thanks for the comments ! It's a really fun and clean look to have. You can wear it casual or formal.
  11. June 12th, 2013 at 9:16 pm
    Dee says:
    Beautiful! You're right about the blending, it really makes a difference. I like to take a brush and starting at the outer crease area where there's a lot of the dark shadow and go inward with circular motions. The only part of your lesson I disagree with is your inner eyelid liner - by putting a dark color in there, it closes up the eye instead of making them look open and bigger. Use a specially made nude/light pencil for inside and keep the darker colors on the outside. I usually don't put the dark all the way across on my clients either, because of the narrowing effect. Outer edge is good, then something lighter or neutral if necessary (I like your idea of eyeshadow all the way underneath - if it's the med/lt one). Love your lip gloss choice, and how it emphasizes the eyes because it's so subtle. Very nice job!!
  12. December 6th, 2013 at 8:32 am
    nana says:
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