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How to Apply Smokey Eye Make Up

The smokey eye is one make up trend that has become a classic. If you haven't mastered it yet, now is the perfect time!

Follow these seven steps to achieve the smokey eye look.

Stylist - Kelsie Cook

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Step 1
You must start with a good under eye concealer, such as Prescriptives Camouflage Cream. Always choose one shade lighter than your skin tone, and completely cover any dark circles. Since the smokey eye is very dark, you want to be certain you have good coverage here. If this is a stubborn area for you (like it is for me) swipe a small amount of liquid highlighter under your eyes and blend with a brush gently. This should do the trick, however practice before you wear it out.

Step 2
Using an eye shadow brush, dust your entire eyelid from lash line to brow with a shimmer pearl eye shadow.

Step 3
With a black eye pencil, draw a line along the upper lashes as close to the lash line as possible. Start thin at the inner corner of the eye, gradually getting thicker as you work your way out. If you want to take it beyond your natural lash line, flick it up and out.

Step 4
As close to the lower lash line as possible, draw a thin line. You can stop either one third of the way in or take it all the way to the inner corner. It all depends on how dramatic a look you want. It also depends on your eyes. For example, if wide set eyes, you can line them all the way in, but if you have little space between your eyes only line around one third of the way in as this will make your eyes appear more wide set. Play around with both and see what looks best for you.

Step 5
With black liquid eyeliner, draw a line over the line you just drew with the pencil. This gives it staying power. The reason you apply your liquid liner after pencil is two fold:

  • You are simply tracing a line that is already there, making it much easier
  • Liquid liners typically have a bit of a glossy finish, which is very attractive.

Step 6
With a dark grey eye shadow and an eye liner brush, dip the brush into the eye shadow and draw a line right above the liquid liner blending upward into the crease. This is what creates the smokey look. I use Bobbi Brown's eye liner brush because it's thin enough but not too stiff.

Step 7
Coat top and bottom lashes with two coats of black mascara

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  1. Don't feel that you have to stick with blacks and greys. Feel free to play around with different colours, as long as the prominent colours are dark shades. I have done the look with shimmer blues and emerald greens and it has always looked very sexy.
  2. To make you eyes 'pop', apply a dob of white shadow to the inner corner of each eye with the tip of an eye liner brush. I do this with everybody as it instantly brings eyes to life!