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How to Create a Perfect Smokey Eyes Effect?

Updated on May 9, 2013

World's most popular look - smokey eyes

Even if you prefer using less make up, at some point, you will probably decide to try on this famous make up style. Smokey eyes is one of the most popular, sexiest, and the most attractive ways to use make up.

It's a great choice for the night and special occasions. It's a perfect hit if you want to look extraordinary and make an impression. It can be combined with a red lipstick if you are a daring person, and if you are not, you should probably choose coral lip gloss.

Why is so hard to accomplish smokey eyes effect?

It is not. Creating smokey eyes effect is as hard as using any other eyeshadow. But with dark colors, every little mistake becomes very transparent. So, you don't want to make a lot of mistakes when you apply your smokey eyes.

The key to accomplish this is patience, exercise and experience. But of course, if you are a beginner, you don't have this stuff. This is why you should read this article. I will explain you, step by step, how to put on this type of make up perfectly, even if you are not that experienced.

Step one - prepare your eyelid

If you do apply your powder eyeshadow directly on your eyelid, I have to say this: STOP doing that! You need to have layer of something between your skin and eyeshadow. There are a lot of various bases, also known as primer, that you can apply first. If you don't want to use of buy some new products, you can try using good old concealer on your lid first. This is not ideal solution, but it's better than nothing.

When you choose what you want to use, you should apply it on your eyelids. After a minute or two, you should spread the base, just to make sure that eyeshadow won't slip into your eyelid crease.

That was the step one: easy peasy.

Step two - make some good use of your eyeliner pencil

I'm not a big fan of liquid eyeliners, so I will suggest you to use a regular pencil. Draw one black line next to your lash line. Line both, top and bottom lid.

This lines don't have to be perfect. We are doing this, because otherwise, small piece of space around your lashes usually end up being a little bit lighter.

So, draw the lines, and then spread the color with a little brush that has a slanted top.

Step three - Adding the Eye Shadow

If you are not that experienced in applying dark shadows, it is probably a good idea to apply a large amount of the baby powder on your cheeks before you start.

At this point, preparation process is over and everything is ready for actual eyeshadow applying. The secret here is in the right combination of colors. I guess that you are interesting in classic black smoky eyes, so I will continue that way.

If you have a lighter eyes, it's probably best to use some shade of gray and to apply it on your lid. For dark colored eyes, I would suggest brown shadow color.

After this, it's time to use black eye shadow. You mustn't use black color on the whole area. Black is only for the outer corner of your eye. Start with a little color, and add some later if it's too light, but do it gradually.

Now, use your fingers to blend two colors until you are satisfied with the color.

Smokey eyes
Smokey eyes | Source

Step four - soften it a little bit

Your shadow color is probably very dark at this point. Even if this was the goal, you should know that it always looks better if it's a little bit more sophisticated.

The way to accomplish that is to use some golden shadow. You want to apply golden color all around the black edges, but especially on the area below the eyebrows.

This will make your eyes look soft but sexy.

Step five - final touches

At the end, it's always good to add some eye pencil on the bottom of the inner eyelid. It is also important to use a good mascara that will make your eyes sparkle.

And of course, you have to remove that baby powder from your cheeks. Best way to do that is with big powder brush.

I hope that my advices helped you and I wish you a good luck with your make up adventures.

What do you think about smokey eyes?

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    • diplorging profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Serbia

      Thanks for reading and for your comment. My intention while I was writing this hub was to help, and I'm glad if I've really helped someone

    • Melis Ann profile image

      Melis Ann 

      6 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      These tips are easy to follow for someone who isn't experienced with the smokey eye look. Good job!

    • diplorging profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Serbia

      I admit that sometimes it's the only way:) But when I use talc, I usualy don't have that problem. Of course, you are right, I also like using blue, green or purple variations.

    • bwhite062007 profile image

      Brianna W 

      6 years ago from East Coast

      Good advice and tips here! Smokey eye is my favorite and what I wear most when applying makeup. I almost always use black but you don't have to. I find any darker color will work. Black tends to have a lot of fallout that does not look so pretty especially if you have already applied your foundation, so most times I will do my smokey eye first, clean up any fallout, and then apply my foundation. Great hub an voted up!


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