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Smoky eyes, smokey eyes: How to create a smoky eye tutorial

How to Create a Smoky Eye

If you're going out for a night on the town and you want to look your sexiest, the surest way to achieve that look through makeup is with a smoky eye. The standard smoky eye look is created using heavy black or dark charcoal colors, but now cosmetics companies are also creating deep hues of blues and purples to play up your eye color and really make you look irresistible. (Tune in later today to read about the best smoky eye kits.) Here's how to get the look.

  • Start by applying an eyeshadow primer to your entire eyelid, then sweep the lightest color in the palette all over your eye.
  • Next, apply a medium eyeshadow shade from your lash line to the crease of your eye and blend well.
  • Then, use your crease brush to gently apply the darkest to your crease. Again, blend well.

For the rest of the tips,

  • If desired, dab a light amount of sheer shimmer shadow to your brow bone.
  • Draw a thin line with your eyeliner very close to your lashes. For a smokier look, smudge the line, or leave it untouched for a more defined effect.
  • For a finishing touch, line the inner rims of you lower eyelid.
  • Finally, add two coats of black mascara to really smoke em' out.

Keep in mind that when you have a heavy eye, you'll want to aim for light, flawless skin with a touch of bronzer and pale blush. Also, be sure to downplay your lips by using a light, nude lip color.

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CorkinCokeACola CorkinCokeACola 6 years
If i could do this I would, but I usually look gaudy when I wear make-up.
Rowanvamp0 Rowanvamp0 9 years
Can't wait to try this I've always wanted to create this look. How about someone posting a how to video?
SaRaHandZoE4eva SaRaHandZoE4eva 9 years
i think ill have 2 make myself BUY A SMOKEY EYE KIT IT SOUNDZ LIKE ITZ WORTH IT!!!!LUV YOOH
angel0950 angel0950 9 years
thanks for the how to! i'm horrible at putting eye shadow on let alone creating a smoky eye look but i'm intrigued and have plenty of shadow at home to play with, totally excited. thanks again!
janwa janwa 9 years
If u find black eye shadow too severe for your smoky eye, try using other dark colors like dark burgundies, plums, greens, browns and blues. For brown eyes like mine, I especially love using plums, greens and blues, it makes brown eyes appear even browner. Also, if u still want black in ur smoky eye, you can put black on ur lids, then apply the colorful dark shadows I just mentioned on the crease area and lowerv lashline.
keiraz keiraz 9 years
I always love doing the black liner smokey look with my eyes..they are one of my best features and I want them to stand out :-)
Isis_ Isis_ 9 years
I think black is harsh on most people, but the point of smoky eyes is the drama
kittycat kittycat 9 years
love the smoky eyes. its so hard to do! black is too dark for my face and when i look close up the dark eyes are kinda scary...like vampire eyes... i am no good with makeup. it takes too much time.
yayita yayita 9 years
I am making myself buy a smokey kit next weekend
OMGSeriously OMGSeriously 9 years
If I ever decide to start wearing make-up I'll try this.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
Here's a tip to set your make up! Before leaving for a party/dinner date/etc give yourself a 5 minute facial with the steam from hot water. Do this about half and hour before you leave and your skin will be glowing with that dewy look (dab any perspiration or oil with a blotting pad) and go! Your make up will last longer and people will notice your "glow". :D
Daffodil Daffodil 10 years
Its the lower eyeliner part that I foul up on.
cd3b cd3b 10 years
I love smoky eyes but I can never do them right, I am horrible with eye makeup!
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
i can only wear smoky eyes on top lids with very pale pink lips.. for me i have blue eyes
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
this looks like blackbarbie's eyes.
highsociety1 highsociety1 10 years
Smokey eyes are my favorite! Love them! Vintagesugar, you don't have to be gorgeous for smokey eyes...most everyone has beautiful eyes. Play 'em up.
Faye16 Faye16 10 years
Smokey eyes are hot, but I'm really bad at putting on eyeshadow! :P
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
I love smokey eyes!
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
ooooooooh shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhMokin'
atoxicsparkle atoxicsparkle 10 years
i like to do mine in either a dark navy blue pallette or a dark forest green pallette, the hue of my eye changes with each one...the blues make them bluer, the greens make them greener...and i have dark brown hair, so the darker colors don't clash, but sometimes i do use black just for a dramatic flair :)
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 10 years
I love smoky eyes! Hint: My best friend has pale blue eyes and blonde hair and she does hers with dark, shimmery blues and it looks gorgeous! I have brown eyes and brown hair, so i can use brown or even the charcoals in the evening.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
i have blue eyes and brown hair so the darker is a lil easier for me becuase of my dark hair..but when i do lots of highlights i have to use brown! ~*~Life was Simpler back then~*~
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 10 years
I have brown eyes, and I usually use browns. I think the black looks severe even on me!
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