If creating a smokey eye look makes you nervous, then read on because I’m going to share with you exactly how to do it. I’ll break it down step-by-step to make this look easy to achieve. And, the great thing about these tips is that you can use the information with any eye colors you choose, such as a navy blue or purple smokey eye; it’s the technique I’m teaching that’s important.
So check it out, and see how you can achieve this look with just a few simple steps.
Creating a smokey eye look doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it’s quite simple once you learn a few quick tips and have the right tools to make it happen.
What You’ll Need:
- Eye Shadow
- Mix and match cream shadow or powder shadow for the eyelid
- Use metallic and shimmer finishes in place of a matte finish for an even more bold look
- 4 colors
- These colors should range from very light to very dark
- You’ll start with the lightest shade, and layer the shades in darkening order to create a gradient look
- Choose colors that compliment each other well, so it flows smoothly
- If you want a contrasting color, use that for your lip color
Having the correct tools is what is going to make this look easy and achievable for anyone. When you don’t have the correct tools, it’s more difficult to get precise application. This can lead to a messy or uneven look, so be sure to invest in the correct tools for the job.
Easy Smokey Eye Tips:
- Using the blending brush, apply the lightest color in the crease and over the brow bone, nearing your eyebrows
- If you want a different shade for your brow highlight, do not take this color all the way to your brows
- It’s OK if some of the color gets on your eyelid
- With the same blending brush, apply the second darkest shade in the crease and up to the brow bone
- Using a windshield wiper motion to help blend
- You’ll notice a nice gradient look starting to form
- Use the crease brush, and apply the third darkest shade in the crease only
- Place the darkest shade close to the lashes on the upper eyelid and gently blend towards the crease
- Go back to the blending brush and gently blend the eyelid color into the crease, and then the crease color into the second lightest color
- The reason you wait to blend is so you don’t get a lot of dark color built up on the blending brush
- You don’t want it to muddle the lighter shades because you want to maintain the gradient look
- Using the same process, apply the colors to the under eye area
- First, use the blending brush with lightest shade and apply to lower lash line and over the bulge of your eye (under the blue line in the diagram below)
- Next, use the blending brush with the second darkest shade and apply to the lower lash line
- Then, use the crease brush to fill in just under your lashes
- Finally, use the liner brush to apply the darkest shade into the lower lashes
- Because the under eye area is a smaller area, you may need smaller brushes
- If you have an eyeliner color that matches the darkest eye shadow color, feel free to use that on your water line
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