5 Simple Steps to a Smoky Eye

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A smoky eye is one of the hottest makeup looks, and it’s easier to create than you think.

A soft smoky eye is my go-to when heading out with friends for dinner or I glam it up and go darker when I plan a fun night out. What I like about a smoky eye is that you are in control of how soft or deep you want your smoked out look you want to go.

I like a soft smoky eye, with light taupes, grays and a touch of shimmer. I use deeper colors when I really want to glam it up.

 5 Simple Steps to a Smoky Eye
 5 Simple Steps to a Smoky Eye
 5 Simple Steps to a Smoky Eye

Like I said, a smoky eye is so much easier to create than you think. You can create a smoky eye in just five minutes and five simple steps.

A smoky eye is often intimidating because it looks like a lot of makeup when in reality it is not. To create the perfect smoky eye, all you need are the right products and five minutes — or less.

Simply gather the following products and follow these steps to get the perfect smoky eye.

Step One: Prime

Before creating your smoky eye look, you need to use an eyeshadow primer to create a smooth, even base for eyeshadow. Try Milani Eyeshadow Primer, COVERGIRL Lid Lock Up Eyeshadow Primer, NYX Professional Makeup Proof It Eyeshadow Primer or the pricier Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

Tip: If you don’t have eyeshadow primer on hand, you can use a concealer instead.

Step Two: Line

Use a kohl or creamy eye pencil to line the upper and lower lash line. Be careful to stay as close to the lash line as possible. Next, take a smudge brush (this is my favorite — it’s only $1) and smudge the line at both lash lines.

For the ultimate smoky effect, try a black eye pencil like MAC Eye Kohl Pencil in Smolder or Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet. These are my favorite, and sure, they are a bit pricey but they last on my eye and in my makeup bag for such a longtime that I can justify the price.

If you are unsure of using a jet black liner, you can use a brown or gray eye pencil alternatively. This is definitely advised if you have a lighter eye color or want a softer look.

Step Three: Shadow

Blend a dark powder eyeshadow up and over your eyelid and into your crease. Blend it well, so it is soft and smoky. The best shades to use are gray, dark brown and black. You need to be careful with black and blend well. Apply it with a brush like an eye shader brush and blend with a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush.

Step Four: Brow Bone

Highlight your brow bone with a neutral eyeshadow by sweeping an ivory or cream colored shadow over the brow bone area and blending it in with the dark shadow. You can use either a matte, satin or shimmery finish; that is up to you and your desired final look. MAC Cosmetics makes many different eyeshadow formulas and many shades that are perfect for highlighting the brow bone when creating a smoky eye. Try Blanc Type, Shroom or Vanilla.

Step Five: Mascara

Finish your smoky eye look by applying two to three coats of dark black mascara. Try COVERGIRL Clump Crusher MascaraL’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise or Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara. Tip: Let mascara dry between coats to alleviate the risk of clumps.

Bonus tip: Accent your smoky eye with false lashes.

The ultimate finishing touch to your smoky eye look is big, bold lashes. Instead of the final step above, apply a pair of false lashes instead of mascara. False lashes instantly enhance your smoky eye look by adding length and drama as well as further drawing attention to your eyes.