To create a dramatically impressive smokey eye I would suggest using a primer or water on the eyelid. Next, grab a precision brush and start from the corner of your eyelid to the center of your eye. Lastly, I use a sheer or metallic shade in the corner of my eyelid and keep a cotton ball handy to remove any excess product.
Watching various tutorials online have enhanced my knowledge in eye makeup 'to-do's'. Purchasing an eyecolor makeup pallette is a great starting point for beginner artists and features fun pastels for this time of year!