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Easy Peasy Smokey Eye Tutorial

Just about anyone looks great with a smokey eye.  Some can pull off a super dramatic look while others fare better with a soft and natural version.  Here’s a tutorial for a smoky look that is versatile, good for both day and night and looks great on just about anyone.  (Do you spell it Smoky or Smokey?  I think it’s a matter of preference!)

For long lasting wear, you should prime the lids before applying makeup. Some I like to use are:

  • Cover FX Eye Prep Fx Anti-Age Smoothing Primer
  • Urban Decay Shadow Primer Potion
  • NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
All of these primers can be found at Ulta and Sephora. I have tried lots of drugstore primers, but I don’t find them to perform as well.
Now, time for smokey eyes…
What you’ll need:
  • Eyeshadow Primer (optional, but recommended)
  • Cream or Champagne shadow
  • Coppery Taupe shadow
  • Black or Espresso shadow
  • Black kohl eyeliner
  • Mascara
MAC, Urban Decay, L’Oreal and Dior cosmetics were used in this pictorial. You can also achieve this look using Rimmel Glam’Eyes Quad Eye Shadow in 002 Smoky Brun with a kohl pencil and mascara of your choice.  The colors used in this look are neutral and will suit any eye color, but keep in mind, a smokey look can be done with just about any combination of colors – it’s totally up to you!

1. Apply a neutral base color to entire lid, from lash line to brow. (MAC shadow in Vanilla). Then line eye with a kohl liner pencil. (L’Oreal Le Grand Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Onyx)

2. Next apply a coppery brown shadow to lower lash line using an angled shadow brush or a pointy-ended Q-tip. (Urban Decay Naked 1 (UDN1) Palette in Smog for a shimmery look or UDN1 Palette in Buck for a matte look). Next, apply a bit more kohl pencil to the lower lash line outer corner only and smudge/blend into the brown color you applied first. You can use a Q-Tip for this or a small blending brush.

3. Apply UDN1 Palette in Buck from lash line to crease, with the pigment more concentrated on the outer corner of your eye, fading into the inner corner. Blend out any harsh lines with a blending brush (you can use your pinky finger if you don’t have a brush!)

4. Using the same kohl eyeliner, create a winged outer corner on upper lash line. This does not have to be super precise as it will be blended out.

5. Using a semi-firm blending brush, smudge out the eyeliner and blend into the brown color you applied to your lid. Maintaining the ‘V’ shape at the outer corner of the eye.

6. Once you’re pleased with the blending, apply a gold shimmery shadow to inner corner of eye to brighten the look. (Mix UDN1 Palette in Half Baked and Virgin).

Apply mascara to upper and lower lashes. (Dior Show Mascara in 090)

It really is simple and you can do this look with 5 products or less in about 5 minutes!  I know that makeup can sometimes be intimidating – but it’s really nothing to be afraid of!  Don’t over think it, don’t over use it – always remember, less is more!  And when all else fails, take it off and start over!  That’s the beauty of it (pun) – it’s not permanent, you can erase and erase as many times as you need.  Practice makes proficient, lovelies.


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