How to get the perfect smokey eye look
Whether you’ve got a big concert or a fancy gala to attend, creating a smoky eye can add a bit of sophisticated drama to your look. Perfecting the smoky eye is not limited to makeup fiends and artists alike, but to anyone with the correct tools and a little know-how. Learn to apply both a classic and dramatic smoky eye with these fast and easy steps.
Choose your colors.
- Any color can be used to create a smoky eye, although you will need at least three shades of a similar hue. The classic smoky eye is created with black or gray, but bronze and brown are also commonly used.
- Green eyes look particularly good with a gray and plum smoky eye, while blue eyes pop with gold or copper and brown eyes go great with shades of navy and gray .
- You should choose three shades of each color: a light, creamy color, a medium base color, and a dark smoky color.
- Avoid choosing colors that are too bright, or if you have very fair skin too dark. You want your smoky eye to accentuate your pretty face, not to distract from it.
Use the right supplies.
Although it may be quick and easy to choose the first three complementary shades of eyeshadow you find with a sponge applicator, the perfect smoky eye is created using the right supplies.
- Using loose powders gives you the best blending ability, which is necessary for creating a great smoky eye. You have the ability to use pressed powders and cream shadows as well, but for the best look find loose eyeshadow.
- Be sure to use good quality makeup brushes. Using dirty, old, or sponge brushes will create a smeared look that doesn’t blend. The best makeup brush for a smoky eye is a domed eyeshadow brush, which is rounded at the top. You can find these at many beauty supply stores.
- Have a large fluffy brush, makeup remover and q-tips on hand to fix any mistakes or loose shadow on your cheeks.
Apply your face makeup.
Before you put on your smoky eye, you should create your neutral palette. Apply concealer under your eyes and on any dark or red spots and foundation. To begin with eye makeup, start applying highlighter, your highlighter is the lightest of your three eyeshadow shades. Contouring will slim your face and accentuates your features. Make sure your eyebrows are well-shaped and colored, as the smoky eye will draw attention to them. Having brows that are too thin or light will make your smoky eye look too dark and unnatural.
Apply your eye makeup.
Make sure to use powder to protect under your eyes. Start with your eyeshadow on your bottom lash line, in this case using Bronze. Then move to the crease and the top of your eyelid changing colors, as in the video Walnut and finally finish with a rich brown eyeshadow in the corners.
Finish your look.
To finish your daytime smokey eye look apply eyelashes and mascara and a touch of lipstic