Smoulthering Smokey EYE
A smokey eye is one of the most popular yet difficult eye makeup looks that we all want to achieve. While the cut-crease and glitter eye makeup looks are best left to the pros, mastering the smokey eye isn't nearly as difficult. This simple hack, believe it or not, will give you a smokey eye in five minutes with only five things. It's simple, beginner-friendly, and you can make it as bold or as delicate as you want. We guarantee all eyes will be on you if you pair this look with a sexy cocktail dress or a smart blazer.
- Eyeliner Pencil
- Eyeshadow Blending Brush
- Eyeshadow Palette (optional)
- Concealer and Compact (optional)
1. Apply a matte brown cream shadow
Apply a matte brown cream shadow all over our lids from lash line to brow bone to finish the look. I apply the shadow with a flat brush and then blend out the edges with a tapered blending brush, although fingers can work wonderfully.
In this case, the matte brown cream shadow serves two purposes. It'll serve two purposes: first, it'll prime our lids for the powder eyeshadow we'll be adding on top, and second, it'll serve as a transition crease color.
2. Apply a black kohl pencil
Next, use a black kohl pencil to line your upper and lower lash lines, as well as your water line, and smear the pencil all over your phone's lid (the part that moves when you blink).
It is important to note that it is not required to be neat
3. Apply a shimmery black eyeshadow
Now, fill a flat eyeshadow brush halfway with a shimmering black eyeshadow, tap out the excess, and apply the color directly over the black kohl liner on your lids. It's fine if you do it in a haphazard manner, and it looks a little sloppy at this point. Don't be concerned.
After you've finished with your lids, use whatever product is left on the brush to run along your lower lash lines.
By the way, the shimmer in the shimmery shadow is an important component; it's much simpler to blaze through the blending with a sparkly or glittering shadow. Mattes, I believe, take longer to blend, and since we're on a tight deadline, shimmer it is!
4. Blend the black liner and shadow
This is where the whole thing starts to come together. Blend the shimmering black eyeshadow into the black kohl with a tapered blending brush (I used the same one I used to blend out the matte brown cream shadow previously).
start with little circular motions down the lash line, then proceed up into the crease with a back-and-forth windshield wiper motion.
Now, carefully run the same brush along your lower lash line, making sure to link it to the outer corner of your lids since you want the color to totally wrap around the eye.
5. Apply a matte brown eyeshadow
You could certainly stop here, cover your lashes with mascara, and call it a day, but what I like to do is add a touch of matte brown shadow right along the edge of that black eyeshadow, applied with a domed blending brush...
It softens the transition between the darker black and the softer brown, in my opinion. I also like to run it along the bottom lash line to have a little extra gradient motion down there.
6. Apply a peachy beige eyeshadow
If time allows, add a highlight to the brow bone and inner corners with a peachy beige eyeshadow. It just widens the eyes and makes them appear larger and brighter.
7. Apply mascara
It's getting close to the finish line! We're almost done. Simply apply mascara to your top and lower lashes, as well as falsies if desired.
That's it! Your 10-minute smokey eye is complete. DONE, DONE, DONE, DONE, DONE, DONE, You did a fantastic job.