Mastering the Art: A Smokey Eyes Tutorial for All Levels

Smokey Eyes Tutorial

The smokey eye is a timeless makeup look that adds drama and intensity to your gaze. It might seem intimidating at first, but with the right technique, anyone can achieve this smoky magic!


This tutorial will guide you through the steps to create a classic smokey eyes, with variations for beginners and seasoned makeup enthusiasts.






What You’ll Need


Eyeshadow primer
Neutral eyeshadow (a shade close to your skin tone)
Darker eyeshadow (grey, brown, or black)
Blending brush
Flat shader brush
Eyeliner (pencil, gel, or liquid)
Optional: Lighter eyeshadow (for highlighting)
Cotton swabs (for cleaning up mistakes)



Step-by-Step Guide


Prep your eyelids: Apply an eyeshadow primer to create a smooth base for your makeup and prevent creasing. This is especially important for oily eyelids.


Lay down the foundation: Use your neutral eyeshadow and a flat shader brush to apply it all over your eyelid, reaching up to your crease. This creates a neutral canvas for the smokey effect.


Define the crease: With your darker eyeshadow and a blending brush, gently sweep the color into your crease. Start with a light touch and gradually build up the intensity for a more dramatic look. Blend the color upwards and outwards, diffusing the edges for a seamless transition.


Smoke it out: Here’s where the magic happens! Use the same blending brush to soften the harsh lines of the darker eyeshadow. Buff and blend the color outwards and upwards, creating a diffused smokey effect. This is where a fluffy blending brush comes in handy, as it helps to seamlessly blend the colors.


Pro tip for beginners: If smokey eyes feel overwhelming, start with a brown eyeshadow instead of black. Brown creates a softer, more approachable smokey look that’s easier to blend.


Line your eyes: Eyeliner helps define your eyes and adds intensity to the smokey look. You can use a pencil, gel, or liquid eyeliner, depending on your preference and comfort level. Apply the liner along your upper lash line, as close to the lashes as possible. For a softer look, smudge the liner with a cotton swab.





Classic Smokey Eye: Tightline your upper waterline (the inner rim of your eyelid) with a black pencil for extra drama. Apply mascara generously to both your upper and lower lashes.


Soft Smokey Eye: Skip the tightlining and use a brown eyeliner instead of black. Apply mascara to your upper lashes only, focusing on the outer corners for a more subtle effect.


Glam Smokey Eye: After blending your smokey shadow, apply a shimmery eyeshadow to the center of your eyelid for a touch of glam. Highlight your brow bone with a light eyeshadow to make your eyes appear brighter.



Final Touches


Clean up any eyeshadow fallout with a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover.


Apply concealer to clean up any smudges and to create a flawless finish.


Set your smokey eye with a translucent setting powder to prevent creasing and ensure your makeup lasts all day (or night) long.


Remember, practice makes perfect! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors and techniques to find the perfect smokey eye for you. With a little practice, you’ll be mastering this sultry look in no time!


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