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Eyeliner is a makeup staple for many people. However, it can be difficult to apply because precision is required. Getting the perfect eyeliner application can take a lot of time and practice. The smudged eyeliner look is the go-to for beginners and other people who want an easy yet dramatic look. The smudged eyeliner technique creates a gradient of soft shadows around the eye that leans away from the crisp look of the classic eyeliner.

The smudged eyeliner works for every occasion- whether it is an everyday look or a night out. We want you to have it in your beauty arsenal. Here is how to achieve the look.

What Do You Need

  • A dark eye pencil or eyeshadow
  • A smudging brush
  • An angle brush (optional)

What To Do

Step 1- Use the eye pencil or an angled brush to draw a line on your eyelid. Make sure the line is as close to your lash line as possible.

Step 2- Take things up a notch by flicking your wrist to give the eye look a wing.

Step 3- Use a smudging brush to smoke out the edges of the liner to give that soft diffused look.

Step 4- To bring more smokiness in, line your under-eye to meet the wing and smoke it out.

Step 5- To finish the look, add a coat or two of mascara to give your lashes volume.


Tips To Elevate Your Smudged Liner

  • Have fun with it. It doesn’t need to be monochrome. You can draw on a black liner and smudge with a dark brown or blue shadow or liner. You can smudge your under-eyes with the same pop of color. Our Pilot Palette gives you varying rich tones and a jet black shadow to create your smudged liner. 
  • With the smudged liner, it is better to start small and build to your desired level of smokiness. More smokiness means more drama and that may not be the look you are going for.
  • Amp up the look by placing the liner in the inner corner of your eye
  • Lighten things up if you wish with a white or nude liner in your waterline
  • To keep your eyeliner in place all day, set your eyelid with a skin tone eyeshadow before drawing on the liner. This will absorb the skin’s natural oils.

 Smudged eyeliner is forgiving. The gradient hides mistakes so try not to overthink it. You look amazing!


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