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How to do a Smokey Eye

by Emma Peters December 09, 2014

SS_Smokey_eyeSmokey eye makeup is a great way to look gorgeous and sexy.

Go dark and smoldering for an incredible evening look or keep it soft for a mysterious daytime look!

You don’t need to be limited to standard greys or browns, there are some fantastic colors around that will give you a great twist on the standard smokey eye makeup

So here are my quick and easy steps to a fabulously smokey eye.

  1. Start with a clean eyelid. Make sure your eye cream doesn’t leave an oily residue.
  2. Apply your foundation and/or concealer to even out the eyelid. Then powder. You may want to apply extra powder under the eye and to the top of the cheek (this will catch any fallen eye shadow.)
  3. You will need a dark, medium and light eye shadowand an eyeliner pencil. The pencil is best in black or dark brown to give you maximum depth. The light color should be a shade lighter than your skin tone and the dark and medium colors should be the same hue. For example; black and grey; navy and medium blue; deep burgundy and violet; Dark brown and mid brown.
  4. Apply the pencil close to the upper eyelash line, from the inner corner to the outer corner. Don’t worry about being too neat with it at this stage, you will be smudgeing this later.
  5. Run the pencil along the waterline and dot it in between the bottom lashes.
  6. With a pencil brush or smudger brush, soften the upper line. Run the brush along the underside of the lower lashes to smudge the pencil that was dotted in between the lashes.
  7. With a small firm brush, press your darkest color over the pencil on the upper lid.
  8. With a fluffier blending brush, use your mid tone from the dark color to the crease, blending back and forth into the crease. I like to use a tapered blending brush, this makes blending fool proof, and the key to smokey eye makeup is blending!
  9. Use your smudger brush to apply the mid tone under the lower lashes, focusing on the outer corners and blending towards the inner corners.
  10. Then with a clean fluff brush, apply your light color from under the eyebrow down to the crease. This will give a nice highlight to the brow bone.
  11. Next curl your eyelashes to open up the eyes.
  12. Apply black mascara to top and bottom lashes.
  13. Dust away excess powder under the eyes.

It’s also a lot of fun playing with textures, try a light reflecting bronze instead of a matte mid brown. Or sweep an iridescent shadow over the center eyelid to create a pop of light when you blink.

And you’re done, a beautiful, easy smokey eye makeup with so many variations!

Emma Peters
Emma Peters

Emma Peters, organic makeup artist, creative director and founder of Belle & Sage, is committed to leading the conversation around beauty and wellness. With over twenty years of experience as a make-up artist, she knows you don’t have to sacrifice quality for clean.

She’ll help you find the what, learn the why, nail the how, and everything in between.

Letting you know more, wear better, and start making beautiful choices: from the inside, out.


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