Smokey Eye look in 3, 2, 1…Go!

Have you ever wished you knew how to do a more dramatic eye look for a night out on the town? I know I have. Just the term, ‘Smokey Eye’ used to intimidate the heck out of me! I thought it would be super complicated to learn how to do a smokey eye look, and so I never even tried. Now, I’m here to break down this eyeshadow look for you! So you can feel confident and never again be intimidated by the words, “Smokey Eye”!

Eyeshadow Techniques: The Smokey Eye Look.

Contrary to popular belief, the Smokey Eye look, refers not to a specific eyeshadow look, but actually an eyeshadow technique. You can create a smokey eye on yourself easily, using anything from neutrals to bold colors. I’m going to show you how right now! There are a few things you need to have on hand to accomplish a gorgeous smokey eye. 

First, you need a few general supplies for this eyeshadow look:

  • Eyeshadow Primer
  • Black Eyeliner 
  • Black Mascara

Why is eyeshadow primer on this list? Eyeshadow primer keeps all of your hard work in place. It’s so frustrating to spend time blending your eyeshadow colors only to have them all creep toward your eye crease in 10 minutes! Ugh, right?? The right eyeshadow primer will solve this problem for you. I have a few brands I love. This is my favorite budget option (HERE), and this is my favorite mid-priced option (HERE).

Why black eyeliner? In order for you to get the best smokey eye, you’ve got to keep the focus on your eye itself. By lining your waterline with black eyeliner, you are emphasizing your eyes more, making the whites of your eyes really pop. Black eyeliner, paired with black lashes completes the smokey eyeshadow look and takes it to another level! THIS black eyeliner is the best for lining your waterline! I wear contacts and was worried about my eyes becoming irritated, and I haven’t had any issues with this particular eyeliner on my waterline. It’s also extremely easy to use and very forgiving for beginners. 

As far as mascara goes, I’ve got a blog post all about my favorites HERE! Check it out for my recommendations for amazing lashes. 

Let’s get to the Smokey Eye Look!

Here are the colors I used for the look that is pictured (*Click on each color to purchase.):

I also used my trusty I Shadow Everything Brush and my Blend and Tap eyeshadow brush to get this eye look.

Are you ready? 
Here we go!

The first step for this look is a good, neutral base color!

Step 1-

Wash your lid with Bubba eyeshadow using your I Shadow Everything brush. Make sure you use the Windshield Wiper motion across your crease and slightly above it. Carry this ruddy-brown color under your eye as well using the Halo method. This provides a great neutral base for your eyeshadow and really helps your eyes pop!

The right brush is essential to creating a smokey eye look!

Step 2-

Using the Blend and Tap brush, pack the Ivy League green color onto your lid from your lashline to your crease. Blend into the Bubba at your crease using the I Shadow Everything Brush and gentle windshield wiper motions. Remember you don’t want to undo all of the colors you just placed on your lids. Don’t overland or the colors will become muddy and you won’t be able to see the different shades you used!

Getting a great smokey eye look is easier than you think!

Step 3-

Use the round end of the Blend and Tap brush to pack Jr. Prom into your outer corners and up into your crease. Use the Deep Crease method found HERE.  Blend the Jr. Prom into the Ivy League. Also, carry Jr. Prom under your eyes. Don’t worry about being precise. A smokey eye look is all about being a little messy and smudged. This creates the smokey eye look. Want more smoke? Use Salem or another black eyeshadow shade to create deeper drama. Blend, Blend, Blend! 

I love how this eyeshadow look turned out!

Step 4-

Use Stay Golden to highlight your brow bones and to soften any harsh lines. 

Lining your waterline sounds trickier than it is!

Step 5-

Line your waterline with black eyeliner. How do you do this? Open your eyes, and lightly line your waterline with the eyeliner on your top and bottom lashes. 

Step 6-

Apply mascara. If you’re going for extra drama, add some lashes! 

See how I got this eyeshadow look!--

Step 7-

High five yourself because you did it! You conquered the smokey eye! Now, schedule a date night with your husband or partner, head out on the town with some girlfriends, and make sure you snap some selfies to showcase your hard work! It’s a big deal to learn how to do a smokey eye look, so you should be proud of yourself! Smokey eye looks are fun to experiment with! See how to do this look here--

Don’t forget your brows!

A smokey eye look will not have the same effect if your brows aren’t on point as well! Luckily for you, I have a post all about brows HERE

One last tip– It is hard to pair a smokey eye look with a bold lip and cheek. Believe me, I’ve tried. It was….not great. HAHAHA!  To really help your eyes pop, pair your smokey eyes with a neutral blush color (THIS is my favorite) and nude or light lips (I’m wearing THIS shade in these pics, with THIS on top). I love to add some subtle shimmer to my lips when I’m wearing a smokey eye, too!

Are you ready to dive in to the world of eyeshadows but want some personalized colors? That’s what I’m here for! Let me customize an eyeshadow palette for you based on your eye color and shade preferences! Click the button below to get more info!

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My goal here is to help you feel more confident when it comes to makeup and eyeshadows. I hope this post has helped you! Let me know what else you’d like to learn about in the comments! 

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