My obsession with the smokey eye began when I first learned about eye shadow. I would say, the “dress up” began in 8th grade, now of course I was never allowed to go outside my house with this heavy of make up on, however the idea of it was always worth it to sit in front of my oversized mirror and apply the black powdery substance and create smoldering, campfire eyes.
This has changed a bit as the years have gone by and I have actually learned how to put on make up and not look like a raccoon- however the obsession of that mysterious look still lingers.
While posting yesterday’s article about the fabulous Cara Delevingne, naturally obsessed with her smokey eye, I began to look through images of her many different smokey eyes she has worn. Some are more subtle than others, and some or so rocker chic you wonder if you are able to pull that off or not.
A few of my favorites:
Adding the red lip:
Now the best part about this look is that it never goes out of style- from Classic to the new “pop of color” you can make this look work for you in many different ways.
Your smokey eye survival guide (and best friends):
Step 1: PRIME!
You must prime the lids (and I suggest your face for a flawless, pore less look) to keep that dark shadow in place, you will see and feel the difference as the night-or day- goes on.
My favorite at the moment: Shadow Insurance By Too Faced
Step 2: Conceal
Nobody likes to see dark circles under their eyes, but adding that to a smokey eye will give you that unwanted raccoon look.
Step 3: Find Your Perfect Palette
Whether you are going for the all black look, the smokey brown eye or adding that pop of color, finding your perfect palette makes it easy to apply.
I focus the darkest shade along the crease of the eye and the lash line after applying my all over sultry-but lighter color- over the lid.
My go-to palettes
For a pop of color I turn to Lorac SummerGLO Palette
Step 4: Don’t Forget To SMUDGE
You should never have any harsh lines when it comes to the smokey eye.
Using a Q-tip, or if you’re fancy a brush made for smudging, blend the shadow around the edges.
Step 5: Line It Up Baby
I LOVE lining my upper lash line above AND below the lashes, as well as getting in between each lash. I use a pencil first and then finish it off with a liquid liner.
Urban Decay makes a great eye pencil that actually stays on with little need for reapplying.
Try their 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil
For liquid I am VERY particular. I am not a fan of the screw on tops because they tend to get so messy- I go for the pens.
My favorite at the moment: Laura Geller Beauty Eye Calligraphy Liquid Liner
Step 6: Highlight
I highlight on the brow bone, both under and slightly above my eye brow. My other favorite spots are the inner corner of the eyes. It literally brightens your whole face up and opens those beautiful eyes!
I go for lighter cream colors rather than the darker champagne colors.
Step 7: Curl and Mascara
The eyelash curler is a MUST. It immediately opens up your eyes, which is much needed when you are adding the heavy color to your eyes, and makes you look a bit more feminine with that dark, sultry color.
For mascara I use a few different kinds…
For the budget, Maybelline Volume Express Falsies Waterproof Mascara
I go for waterproof because it applies a wax layer which holds the curl of the lash.
A cool how-to by Michelle Phan: