Beauty How To: Smoky Eyes

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Smoky eyes are a quintessential beauty look that every woman should master. Intimidating and highly technical as this makeup look may seem, in reality it is actually pretty easy to execute and perfect. Granted there will be some mishaps during your initial attempts (hello raccoon eyes), it’ll be no time till you’re rocking this smoky eye and applying it with confidence and expertise.

Don’t fret, because I’m here to guide you as you navigate through the numerous smoky eye how-to tutorials. I’ve personally picked out two of the simplest tutorials that yield the best results. First things first, let’s go through the basic tools you’ll need:

  • Mascara
  • Eyeshadow (at least 3 similar shades to blend together)
  • Eyeshadow Brush
  • Angled Brush
  • Eyeliner

It’s important to remember that the smoky eye look is all about blending. If you’re more comfortable with blending with a sponge or even your fingers, feel free to do so.

The infographic below takes you through the step-by-step process in achieving the glamourous smoky-eye look.

 

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Straight-forward and easy right? The great thing about the tutorial above is that you can use it for any type of smoky eye you want. It is important to note that smoky eye is not just about dark eyeshadow, you can use the same technique and process outlined above to achieve the metallic smoky eye or even the daytime smoky eye. All you need to do is simply switch up your eyeshadow of choice, from a dark black/brown palette to lighter shades for the daytime. If you’re feeling bold, you can even do a bright-colored smoky eye like purple or blue.

If you’re looking for an even quicker and easier way to achieve a classic dark smoky eye, this how-to from The Beauty Department has you covered. Using only a black kohl pencil, blending brush, eyeliner, and mascara, you can achieve the dark smoky eye in a snap.

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Now that you’ve pretty much gotten the gist of what makes the smoky eye look work, here are some products that’ll make your smoky eye look even more glam. You may want to invest in these beauty products down the road, it’ll make a difference with your smoky eye look for sure.

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This new They’re Real push-up eyeliner from Benefit boasts of a no-brainer application and a smudgeproof finish.

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Priming your lids before applying shadow will make your application smoother and will make your smoky eye last longer. This Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer is anti-crease too!

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You probably have an eyeshadow brush and angled brush in your kit already, but a blending brush is an addition worth looking into. You can use this Bobbi Brown blending brush for face contouring as well.

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Every makeup fanatic owns or dreams of owning an Urban Decay Naked Palette. Its cult following is well deserved since you can do a wide range of looks just from this one palette.

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A quick pat of Nars Translucent Setting Powder will set your look for an entire night.

Are you excited to flex those makeup artist skills yet? Race you to the mirror ladies! Have a great and beauty-filled week ahead!

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