Step by step guide to smoky eyes
Start with the basics
Step one when applying a smokey eye makeup look is to apply a primer or concealer to your eyelids. This creates a smooth, matte and colourless base on which to build your look.
Start building the layers
Once your base is flawless it’s time to get started properly! Grab yourself an eyeliner, preferably a gel or kohl eyeliner as those are easiest to smudge, and apply it to your upper lash line, as close as possible to your lashes. If you can, also try to apply it to the inner upper lash line as that will really elevate the look.
Once you’ve got your liner in place, use your fingers or a brush to smudge the line up towards the crease. Again this is to get that great deep dark base and get that blended look!
Next up, cover your whole eyelid with a medium shade eyeshadow colour, and kind of blend it with the eye liner and it out to the edges of your eyelid & up to the arch of your eyebrow.
Once you’ve applied your base it’s time to really turn up the heat on your smoky eyeshadow look! We know it’s scary but it’s time to bring out the big guns and go for the darkest shade in your pallet. This could be black, navy, dark chocolate, gunmetal grey, basically the darkest shade in whichever colour theme you’re going for. Start by applying this to the crease of your eyelid. Keep building the colour and then start blending it out into the corners, keep building and blending until the colours blend seamlessly and the definition has gone. The final colour to add is your chosen shimmer shade. This is usually a little bit lighter than your other colours and could be a silver, gold, bronze or basically anything metallic or shiny! Gotta love that shine! This shine will pick up & reflect the light which is what adds depth to your smokey eyeshadow look. Apply this in the centre of your eyelid and towards the inner eye. Try to apply this as seamlessly as possible without blending too much as that will muddle up the matt and shiny shades.
Time to smoulder
The key to that sexy smoulder which a smokey eye look is known for is lots of jet black mascara. You basically can’t put enough on when going for a smokey eye look! So apply lots of layers, around 4 is ideal, and get ready to make jaws drop with your smouldering smoky eyes!