I cannot even begin to explain how much I like smoky eyes. They are timeless, elegant and simply ooze glamour. Despite of what some of you might think, smoky eyes are not that difficult to achieve. It is a matter of picking the right colors and proper blending. This is how I do it.
Pick your colors
As I walk around with smoky eyes a lot, I usually opt for classic neutrals like black, grey or brown for the eye shadow. On more special occasions green, blue, violet or pink are great choices it they go with your skin type. Always choose a dark, matching eyeliner, for example black, charcoal or dark grey.
Prepare the eyelids
Never put on eye shadow without a proper base. Lately, I have been using Ultima II Eye Shadow Base, which I am pretty excited about. It is a bit on the pricey side, but one little jar lasts a lifetime as you only need a tiny little bit of the product before each application. It makes even the lowest quality eye shadow stay on all day long in perfect condition.
For this step line both the top and bottom rim with an eye pencil and make the line somewhat thicker in the middle of the eye above the upper lash line. Next, smudge the edges of eyeliner with a cotton swab for that professional smooth finish. You can also use your favorite eye shadow brush for this. I like the eco-friendly option EcoTools offers.
Add the shadow
Put on a layer of eye shadow close to the lash line with your eye shadow brush. Then diffuse the eye shadow upward and outward over the eyelids, but stay below the crease. Make the color fade from lash to crease in a gradual and natural way.
For a professional end result, finish up with a lighter and more neutral eye shadow added with a larger brush and soften outward for the perfect blend. Right after, curl your lashes with your favorite eye lash curler and add mascara. The more coats of mascara you put on, the more dramatic your look will get. Chanel Inimitable always does the trick for me. As a final remark I would suggest you to keep your lips nude or a natural color when you go smoky. You want your eyes to be the eye catchers of your look!
What are your favorite products to create smoky eyes?