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Sunday, July 17, 2011

How To: Smokey Eyes

I get a  lot of questions sent to my email and I try to be as responsive as quickly as possible in the form of posts on my blog. I had posted a quick how to last year on this topic but thought perhaps I should go more in depth! :)

Smokey eyes have been a big style for quite awhile and there's no sign this particular trend is dying. I use this method often! Almost on a daily!

The key to the perfect smoky eye is blending.You want to make sure colors are blended together flawlessly. Also, it's important to pair light base colors with rich dark colors. 

I hope this will be helpful :)

Step by Step:
  • Prep the lid. Keeping eye shadow from creasing and parting into your eyelid crease as the day goes on is important! To do this start with an eye shadow base referred to as a primer. 

  • Apply a light base color all over the lid, the key to a smoky eye is pairing a lighter base with the darker hue. I prefer a nice cream shade for my base depending on the look i'm going for or the time of day. You can use any shade (light) your heart desires! You don't always have to have a black smokey eye!

  • Apply your darker shade. From the outside corner of your eye blend inwards about 1/3 -2/3 into your lid & along your crease. This step is what makes the "smokey" effect come to life. Remember to blend !!

  • Apply eyeliner drawing line thicker in the middle of eye. Remember the lower lash line!
  • Drag the dark color right on down to the lower lash line right over your liner & smudge it around a bit with your brush to add to the smokey effect. I like to use my crease color shadow and apply just a bit over my eyeliner on the outer side.

  • Sweep a light, shimmery/matte shadow over the lids to your brow bone. Add a tad bit to the inner corners of the lid to make your eyes look bright & awake.

Remember to keep lips nude. When applying strong makeup such as smoky eyes put the focus on either eyes or lips, never both.

What You Need:
Eye primer (Great for keeping shadow in place,and giving out lasting power)
3 Shadows: One light, one darker & a brow bone color (light)
Makeup brushes



  1. Too bad it doesn't suit me soo good:/ But I should give it another chance :D

  2. Great tips...I love a smoky eye, especially a colourful one!

  3. That was really helpful! Thankyou :)
    Mel xxxx

  4. Cute! Thanks for the tutorial

  5. I'm still trying to perfect my blending. I own the palette you've pictured here so for sure i'll be trying harder from now on.

  6. Thanks for sharing.. I was never good in doing this! :)

  7. Thank you so much for the tip!

  8. Amazing tips!! :) Thanks for sharing them here!!


  9. This was really helpful! Thx!

  10. love this! I have a friend that has down turned eyes and now i know how to do a smokey eye on her. Usually i take the dark color too close to the corners making the eyes hang even lower.

  11. Good one! ;)
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