Here’s my how-to guide for the perfect smokey eye. I’ve broken it down to micro-detail for a detailed step by step.
- Prepare eyelids by applying a eye base/ foundation. This will even out any natural pigmentation/ colour on lids.
- Curl eyelashes before lining upper and lower water line with black eye pencil
- Line lower lash line roughly with black eye pencil
- Line upper lash line thickly with black eye pencil. Make sure it’s close to the lash line and don’t forget to apply in between lashes
- Using a smudger brush, smudge the eye liner into the lower lash line
- Take a large blending brush (e.g. MAC 224 or MAC 217) and add cream long-wear eye shadow onto brush by swirling into the shadow pot.
- Fill in the eyelid, starting from inner corner roughly in small circular motions. The large brush gives good coverage of the lid and blends the eyeliner in as well.
- Line the socket line with the remaining product on brush. This softens the socket line as well as giving a good shape. Be careful to do this before the cream shadow dries.
- Pick up a smudger brush (e.g. Japonesque 941) and add some [black/ dark brown] shadow to the brush. Then line the lower lash line up to the outer corner of the eye.
- Line the top lash line with the same brush dipped in [black/ dark brown] shadow, taking it to the outer corner and winging the ends slightly, or for more definition create a V-shape at the outer corner.
- Pick up the blending brush and add a little more of the cream shadow to the brush and go over the eyelid, taking care to blend the [black/ dark brown] shadow, but not so much that you lose the definition at the outer crease.
- Select a highlighting powder and go over the outer edge of the brow bone with an eye shadow crease brush (e.g. Japonesque 832)
- You can re-do the upper lash line eyeliner if required
- Add a few coats of black mascara and you’re done.
Tip: If the shape or angles of both eyes don’t match, then tidy the edge of the messier eye by brushing over the uneven parts with foundation.