4 Easy Ways to Create Perfect Smoky Eyes
Master the classic eye make-up technique with these catwalk-inspired ideas
5 November 2019
All Credits: PA
The ‘smoky eye’ is a modern beauty classic – and with good reason.
The perfect shade of eyeshadow, expertly applied and blended can transform your look, giving the illusion of bigger eyes and really making your peepers pop.
But with ‘how to apply eyeshadow’ in the top ten most googled questions last year, it’s clear a lot of us still need some guidance when it comes to adorning our eyelids.
Eyeshadow primer is key to create a smooth base for any smoky eye look and to even out skin tone. Smooth it across the lids and up to the brows.
For this simple smoky look, use a short eyeshadow brush to apply the shadow across the lid and underneath your bottom lashes, extending the colour slightly at the corner.
Then use a soft brush to blend into your eye crease and soften the edges. Finish with brown or black mascara.
Zoeva Eyeshadow Fix in Pearl
Start with a wash of the lightest shade across your lids, then use the copper shade to define your crease and create a warm base.
Next, apply the chocolate brown shade across your lids and under your lower lashes, then blend upwards into the crease.
Finally, use your fingertip to apply a small dab of pearlescent highlighter at the inner eye corner and blend towards the middle of the eyelid to give a shimmery finish.
L’Oreal Paris Mini Eyeshadow Palette in Maximalist
L’Oreal Paris Glow Mon Amour Highlighting Drops
Using the Tom Ford Eye Quad in Nude Dip, rather than starting at the crease, the look was created by outlining an almond shape around the eye with the dark brown shade.
Next, a soft brush and the paler shades were used to blend upwards, stopping just below the brow.
To intensify the look, add black eyeliner close to the lashline and smudge it in slightly, then finish with black mascara.
Tom Ford Eye Quad in 03 Nude Dip
Start with a wash of the palest shade in the Tuxedo Smoky Eye Brick, before applying the medium shade and blending into the eye crease.
Choose one of the darker shades to brush across the lid and under the lower lashes in a slightly winged shape.
Finish by dabbing Lid Lustre in Onyx in the middle of the eyelid, to create the metallic finish.
Victoria Beckham Beauty Smoky Eye Brick in Tuxedo
Victoria Beckham Beauty Lid Lustre in Onyx