Best Way To Get Beautiful Smoky Eyes

August 8, 2011 2:05 PM

Six Steps That’s all it takes to achieve the most coveted look on the runway, the club, or on opening night – anytime you need drama… smoky eyes have it.

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What You Need:

Primer, 2 Eyeshadows - one light, one dark, Eyeliner, Makeup brushes/Q-tips, Mascara and an Eyelash curler if necessary

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Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Step 1: Primer

To keep your eye shadow from going in the crease of your lid as the evening wears on, swipe on primer and let it dry before proceeding. It will keep your shadow in place.

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Sephora Smoky Kohl Eyeliner

Step 2: Eyeliner

Apply black, brown or grey liner above the upper lash line.

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Jessica Simpson(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)/Kerri Hilson (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Step 3: Rim Bottom Lashes

The key to a smoky eye is bringing your entire eye into focus. An eyeliner pencil will give you the best smudge. Line the bottom lash line and use yor finger to smudge the line. Add a bit of shadow for emphasis.

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Cara Buono (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)/Kim Kardashian (Photo by Michael Caulfield/Getty Images for Extra)

Step 4: Highlight

Take a light eyeshadow and apply the eyeshadow on the inner corner of the eye until about three thirds into the lid.

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Nerea Garmendia (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)/Jennifer Lopez (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

Step 5: Add Smoke

Take the darker eyeshadow and blend it from the outer corner of the eye about midway across the lid, taking care not to go above the crease of the eye. Use a brush to blend the two colors until you achieve the degree of smoke you desire

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Vera Wang

Step 6: Finesse

Stand back and make sure each eye is the same. Use a Q-Tip if necessary to make minor adjustments. Then, top it all off with several coats of mascara. (Use an eyelash curler if necessary.) Be sure to let each coat dry before adding the next. Voila… smoky eyes.


Remember, practice makes perfect. Many eyeliners, shades and hues come prepared along with step-by-step instructions to make it easy for you. Smoky Eye Kits are great when you’re just getting started.

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MAC Smoky Eye Kit in Black

This kit features three eyeshadows, deluxe Zoom Lash, technakohl pencil and two brushes, all in a mirrored case.

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Dior 5-Color Palette in Smoky Design

More forgiving than black, silver takes the tough edge off a smoky eye.

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Bare Essentials

Bare Essentials Smoky Eye Tutorial

The Bare Essentials Kit provides instructions in simple steps and includes Eyeshadow, Glimmer, and a Double-ended Smoky Eye Brush

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Stila Smoky Eye Talking Palette

Stila's 4-pan palette not only includes the four shades you need to create a smoky eye, it literally talks you through each step. With the press of a button, a Stila artist's recording will teach you how to create the perfect smoky eye, complete with artistry tips, what brushes to use, and product suggestions, all in under a minute.

Jan Mabry, Red Carpet Bay Area

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