A step-by-step guide to achieving the perfect smoky eye
A smoky eye is a classic makeup look that has been around for decades. It is a go-to look for many women who want to create a sultry and dramatic appearance. However, achieving a smoky eye can be intimidating, especially for beginners. In this post, we'll provide you with a step-by-step guide to achieving a smoky eye, as well as the current trends in smoky eye makeup.
Step 1: Prep Your Eyes The first step in achieving a smoky eye is to prepare your eyes. Start by applying an eye primer to your lids to create a smooth base. This will help your eyeshadow adhere to your skin and prevent creasing. Next, apply a neutral eyeshadow all over your lids, from your lash line to your brow bone. This will help to create a seamless transition between your eyeshadow colors.
Step 2: Apply a Dark Eyeshadow The key to achieving a smoky eye is to use dark eyeshadow shades. Start by applying a dark eyeshadow shade to your outer corner, working your way into the crease. The Jet Black shade from our Pilot Palette is perfect. Use a blending brush to blend the color outwards and upwards towards your brow bone. Make sure to blend properly to create a seamless transition between the shades.
Step 3: Add a Pop of Color To add a modern twist to your smoky eye, consider adding a pop of color to the inner corners of your eyes. This will create a bright and eye-catching look that is sure to turn heads. Choose a bright or metallic shade that complements the dark eyeshadow you used in Step 2. Apply the color to the inner corners of your eyes, blending it outwards towards the middle of your lids.
Step 4: Line Your Eyes To complete your smoky eye, add eyeliner to your upper and lower lash lines. Use black or dark brown eyeliner to create a dramatic look. Apply the eyeliner close to your lash line and smudge it outwards with a small brush or your finger. This will create a smoky effect and help to blend the colors.
Step 5: Finish with Mascara To finish your smoky eye, apply mascara to your lashes. Use a volumizing mascara to create a full and bold look. Apply several coats to your upper and lower lashes to enhance your eyes.
While the classic smoky eye is always in style, there are some current trends in smoky eye makeup that you might want to try. One trend is to use metallic shades, such as gold or bronze, in place of black or grey eyeshadow. This creates a shimmery and eye-catching look that is perfect for a night out.
Another trend is to use bright colors, such as pink or purple, to create the base for a colorful smoky eye. This is a fun and playful twist on the classic smoky eye and is perfect for those who want to experiment with color. Our Cockaigne Palette is perfect for this with fun colors to choose from.
Finally, many people are opting for a more natural and subtle smoky eye. This look involves using neutral shades, such as taupe or beige, to create a smoky effect that is more understated. This is a great option for those who want to create a smoky eye for daytime or a more natural look.
In conclusion, a smoky eye is a classic and versatile makeup look that can be adapted to suit any occasion or personal style. By following these simple steps and experimenting with different colors and techniques, you can achieve a smoky eye that is perfect for you. Whether you opt for a classic smoky eye or a more modern twist, you're sure to turn heads with this timeless look.