A Makeup Must: How To Do Smokey Shadow

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First things first, you will need the following items to create your own smokey eye look: eye shadow base or primer, mini-shader/ lid brush, medium-sized/ semi-fluffy lid brush, fluffy brush, pencil tip brush, medium or large kabuki brush, black liquid eye-liner, black pencil eye-liner, black mascara, a matte shadow lighter than your skin tone, dark brown shimmer shadow, white shimmer shadow, matte black shadow, eye makeup remover, cotton balls or pads. Once you’ve got these items gathered, you’re ready to begin applying your smokey shadow makeup! Most of the brushes you purchased should be labeled as to what type of brush they are.

If you are unsure if you have the correct brush, check online to compare your brush with the ones I’m recommending.
Secondly, you should be familiar with the parts of your eye, as i will instruct you how to apply eye makeup using these terms. The inner part of your eyelid is the part closest to your nose, the middle is of course the center, and the outer is the part closest to your ear.

The lid is the portion that covers your eye when your eye is closed, all the way up to the crease. The crease is where your eyelid meets the bone above your eye, some people’s skin actually creases in quite a bit here, but you can find yours by feeling along your eye to where the bone ends. The brow bone is the entire area from the crease to where your eyebrow begins.

Now that you’ve got the tools and the lingo down, you’re almost ready to begin creating your own smokey look. Before you begin, find a well lit mirror or vanity to work in front of. If you feel like you have messed up during any of the steps or aren’t happy with the look you’re achieving, don’t get discouraged, simply use a bit of makeup remover and some cotton balls to give yourself a fresh start. Remember, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Lets begin!shutterstock_287171906


Step 1-

Apply eye shadow base or primer to prevent shadow from creasing and to help the color last longer.

Step 2-

Use a mini-shader/ lid brush to apply white shimmer shadow on to the inner corners of your lid to the middle of the eyelid.

Step 3-

Use a medium-sized/ semi-fluffy lid brush to apply the light matte shadow you have chosen to the entire brow bone (from the crease all the way to to the brow.

Step 4-

Using the same brush, take the dark brown shimmer shadow and apply to your crease and the outer corner of your lid. Apply this color very heavily at first and then blend it out.

Step 5-

Use a fluffy brush and the same dark brown shimmer color to lightly blend from the outer corner inward onto the lid to create a smokey look.

Step 6-

Use a pencil tip brush and a matte black shadow to outline across the top of the crease, to the outside of the outer corner, and back to the bottom of the lid lightly blending as you go. This will add depth to your smokey eye look.

Step 7-

Use a mini-shader/ lid brush to go back over the inner corner of your eye with a shimmery silver shadow. Pull some of this shadow upwards toward the inner brow bone and blend.

Step 8-

Line your lash line with liquid liner (as thick or as thin as you like).

Step 9-

Use black pencil liner to line bottom of eye.

Step 10-

Use pencil tip brush to add dark brown shimmer shadow to bottom of eye, lightening as you move towards the inner corner.

Step 11-

Use silver shadow towards the bottom of the inner corner of your eye. This will help keep your liner in place and highlight your eye color.

Step 12-

Apply mascara and make sure all shadow is blended.
If you like, lightly run a large kabuki brush across entire eye to ensure all shadow is perfectly blended and any loose shadow that might have gotten around eye or fallen onto your face is dusted away. This is a great way to add the finishing touch to your smokey eye. You can also use a very light dusting of translucent powder with the kabuki brush to help set your eye shadow and keep it in place longer.

The key to achieving the perfect smokey eye is practice and a bit of experimentation. Everyone’s face is different, so you may have to play a bit with just how much shadow you use or exactly how far outward/inward you want your shadow to be applied before you get the exact effect you’re looking for. A common mistake many people make when attempting the smokey eye is not adding enough of the dark shadow. Don’t be afraid to apply the darker shades heavily, you can always blend them in as you go and they are key to really getting a sultry, smokey effect.

After you’ve achieved a look you’re satisfied with, feel free to experiment a bit with the colors and shades of shadow you’re using. Keep to the idea of where to place light shades, shimmer shades, and matte shades, but try experimenting with deep grays or blues instead of browns and blacks. The smokey eye is a very versatile look and can be tweaked a bit to look great with all sorts of outfits and for many different occasions. Most importantly, have fun! Nothing looks better with sultry, smokey eyes than a beautiful smile.
That’s all there is to it. Good luck creating your own smokey-eyed look!