Special Night Out Smoky Eye
The key to the perfect smoky eye is proper blending. Colors must transition seamlessly to keep it from looking harsh.
- Eyeshadow Primer (optional, but strongly suggested)
- 3 Eye Shadows (Light, Medium, and Dark Shades)
- Mascara (Black…this is a smokey eye, no need for subtlety)
- False Eyelashes (optional)
- Eye Make-up Brushes
- Eye Make-up Remover & Q-tips (for quick clean-ups)
Prepping The Canvas
- Apply the lightest shade from the lash line upwards onto the brow bone. On a standard smoky eye, I use a matte ivory or a pale sand color for this step.
- Now apply a moderately deep taupe or soft medium brown color into the crease and blend it down towards the lid.
- Finally, I use a very dark brown, charcoal or soft black shadow, starting at the lashline and blend up onto the entire lid, meeting the medium color in the crease.
Step back and take a look…can you see where one color begins and the next ends? If you can, then BLEND MORE. The transitions should be seamless. Use a little of the same dark eyeshadow under lower lashes and smudge it until it looks soft and diffused.
Optional: You can make a fine line along your lower lashes and smudge it over the eyeshadow.
I also line the upper and lower inner eyelids (the waterline) to reinforce the depth of “smoke” around the eye and to fill in any skin color that might be showing between the eyelashes.
A good quality kohl liner will make this step almost foolproof. The richly pigmented smooth texture of kohl makes application and smudging a breeze. I purposely don’t use waterproof eyeliner for this step because they set very quickly and don’t give you enough play time to achieve a well smudged, smoky finish.
My go-to mascara has always been L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black. This is a “night out” makeup, so I’d opt for the waterproof…just in case your night gets WILD!
I get the most dramatic, clump-free results by applying a few thin coats of mascara. I coat the lashes, then comb through with a clean mascara spoolie or an eyelash comb. I let each coat dry completely before moving to the next. It usually takes 3 light coats on upper lashes and, at least, two coats on lowers to get the most dramatic results. If you’re lash-challenged, you could add a set of feathery false eyelashes, but make sure they look pretty, not drag-ish (you know what i mean…lol).
Finishing The Look
I avoid using obvious blush color when eye makeup is this strong – the cheek color competes with the beautiful neutrality of the eyes. Try using a bronzer instead. I feel the same way about lip color, it should be closer to nude, so it doesn’t compete for attention with those sultry eyes.
Color Me Smoky
EXAMPLE: To create the sexy, grungy looking smoky eye above, I replace the lightest shade with a soft shimmering gold and the deeper shades with olive green and dark khaki eyeshadow.