The smokey eye has gotten a bad wrap. A smokey eye should be sultry, nicely blended – a stronger look but still clean and sexy. Darker shadows should be used, but avoid the dreaded “raccoon eyes” – this color palette is not limited to blue or gray shadows. I actually prefer to create smokey eyes using bronzes, plums, and browns.
Once you break down how to create a smokey eye into steps, it’s really quite easy to execute. It’s only a matter of filling in the appropriate shadow colors in the right order. Pair this eye with a neutral lip to make a fashion statement. Use tones of one color to create a sultry natural daytime look.
- Start with white on the base of the lid.
- Adding this section of eyeshadow creates contour and depth. Add soft gray or blue eyeshadow in a triangle shape to add depth to the lid.
- Add black eyeshadow for a darker smokey effect. For a more natural look, try a medium gray shadow. When contouring, darker colors should be applied in the crease of the eyelid to add depth. You can also apply it along the outer crease as well as the outer corner of the eye.
- For a darker smokey eye, black eyeliner is always a good choice, but you can swap it out for something more subtle or neutral and use brown or gray eyeliner. Eyeliner can give the illusion of thicker lashes and add more depth. It can change the shape of the eye.
When applying eyeshadow under the eye, mirror the technique from the upper lid to add symmetry and a little more drama, especially for a smokey eye.
- Apply soft gray or blue eyeshadow along the lower lashline.
- Apply black eyeshadow to the lower outer corner for a sultry effect.
- Apply eyeliner to the inner rim of the eye. This can also be applied along the lashline if you prefer.
- Apply a highlight color to the inner corner to add softness and a little sparkle to a dark smokey eye, and also helps open the eye up.