The smokey eye is a modern classic, with its roots in rock clubs and runways. It's a look that gives anyone who wears it chic, sexy attitude. A good smoky eye is universal and timeless. It doesn't care about your eye color or shape, how old you are or what the occasion is!
The smokey eye goes well with any other makeup you pair it with—seriously. Even tricky looks, like girly pink lips, or super-matte skin look amazing with a smoky eye. Also, it's not something you have to wear with leather pants and a concert tee. It looks so great paired with things like dresses and tailored work pieces.
There are infinite ways to create a smokey eye, but basically, the recipe is a dark, smudgy eyeliner, dark or medium-toned eyeshadow, and mascara. And it shouldn't take more than a few minutes to do—seriously. The beauty of this look is there's no one cookie-cutter way to do a smoky eye. It's versatile and adaptable.
Start by choosing your eyeshadow shades. You can create a smokey eye look with any shade, be it black, brown, navy, even deep beige. It's more about the smokey, fading-of-eyeshadow effect than the actual color of the eyeshadow. Our Total Temptation Eyeshadow Palette has a whole range of dark and medium-toned shades, which can be used to create an infinite array of smokey eye looks!
The smokey eye look doesn't require a ton of technique other than blending. Line top and bottom lashes with a dark eyeliner pencil, using a Q-tip to smudge and soften the line. Lining the lower lashes is essential to the look—otherwise all that eyeshadow on top looks unbalanced!
Next, apply your eyeshadow, concentrating color right at the lash line. Brush color up and out for a seamless, faded effect. Most importantly: blend, blend, blend. A good smokey eye has no edges, whether you're keeping color confined to the lid and crease, or pulling color out towards brows and temples.
Finish with a few coats of mascara on top and bottom lashes and you're finished!
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