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Everyday Smokey Eye Tutorial

Updated on January 7, 2014

Step 1

Line the inside of your lower lid. For an everyday look, I like to only line 3/4ths of the outside of my lid, and I line the entire thing for special occasions as it adds a super smokey effect.

My weapon of choice here is Maybelline's cream eyeliner. It is applied from a pot and using a soft tip brush. I have had the same one for about 2 years, I love how long it lasts! And the color is thick and lasts most of the day.

Step 1: Lower Lid
Step 1: Lower Lid

Step 2

Line the top lid with the same eyeliner. If you don't have a cream eyeliner, a pencil works great as well. I like to add a "wing" on the end of my eye to make my lashes look longer.

Step 2
Step 2

Step 3

Get out your liquid liner! Line the lower lid again, this time on the roots of your lashes. I like to use a waterproof eyeliner to avoid smudging. Wet & Wild's liquid waterproof liner is a great option for this, and plus it is very inexpensive.

Step 3
Step 3

Step 4

Now it's time to add some shadow. To get that smokey look, use a black shadow. Use a utensil to add a heavy amount on the outer sides of your lids and blend in towards your nose. I like to do this in a way that the black shadow is light towards the nose and gradually gets darker. I make the end mimic the wind I added with the eyeliner (I extend it out as well).

Step 5

I use a lighter shade to finish off the shadow. For an everyday look I use a medium brown powder (Maybelline's Eye Tattoo). I start from the inside of my lid and blend outwards lightly.

For a special occasion, it looks great to add bold tones in this step instead of the brown. Try adding bold blues, purples, or reds for a look that pops.

Step 6

Finish off with some eyeliner and you are done! My favorite is Covergirl's Clump Crusher.

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