If there’s one makeup trend that comes to mind when you hear the word “iconic,” it’s the smokey eye. It’s the little black dress of the beauty world, and the look that every MUA is probably sick of hearing about… but secretly still loves to create. But mastering the art of the smokey eye look isn’t always easy, as you’re one humid day or “I forgot I had makeup on” moment away from looking like you’ve had a really, really bad night. That’s why we're here to tell you the top five tricks for getting your best smokey eye look - the perfect trend to show off your makeup skills on post-quarantine nights out!
Even if you’re a fan of smudged liner, you need a good eye primer to keep your smokey eye look in place - ensuring that it’s smudged only in the good way. Apply the Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base over your lids and along your lower lash line for a smokey eye look that won’t smear, crease, or fade. The last thing you need on your first night out post-quarantine is to go into raccoon territory.
It’s a major misconception that the smokey eye look has to include only black or brown shades. Um, no. Dip into other hues that show off your dark side, such as navy blue, olive green, or rich plum. You can either go monochrome, or mix multiple shades for a seasonal smoke show. Think a warm, sunset-inspired smokey eye look for summer, courtesy of the deep red and shimmery gold shades in the Gilded Desires Eye & Face Palette by Milani.
Failing to properly blend products is one of the worst makeup mistakes you can make, especially when it comes to smokey eye looks. Unblended, dark shadow will just look messy and won’t provide the sultry effect that you want, and you need the right pair of brushes to create the perfect smokey eye look for day or night. Use the Eye Essential 7-piece brush set by BH Cosmetics to smoke out your lid, inner corners, and crease.
Just like there are different skin types, there are unique eye shapes… and you need to find the right technique to perfect your smokey eye look. For instance, a natural shimmer shadow like warm taupe or sweet champagne works wonders for deep set eyes, as the shimmer pushes the eyes forward and creates just the right amount of intensity. On the other hand, a monolid should avoid monochromatic makeup and use multiple shadow hues to create dimension and definition on a flat lid surface. Once you determine the right smokey eye look for your unique eye shape, you’ll never want to stop blending.
When it comes to your smokey eye look, the liner is just as important as the shadow. If you’re looking for an edgy, dark effect for the club or a concert, the Eye Kohl pencil by M.A.C is here to smudge your liner in all the right ways and let you embrace your inner rock star. For classic winged liner or a more subtle smoke effect, try a gel liner like AMC Eyeliner Gel by Inglot.