Smoky eyes are all over the runways and the red carpets, so why not copy the look for yourself? Match the right eye shadow colors and use the correct tools, and it’s easy to get beautiful eyes.
Assemble Your Tools
If you want to create beautiful eye makeup, throw away all those tiny eye shadow pads. Instead, get yourself at least two good makeup brushes with very soft bristles. Get one small and narrow brush to apply your shading, and one wider brush for blending. An angled brush makes blending much easier.
Take your small brush and some white eye shadow and add a few highlights to really bring out those smoky eyes. Make a narrow sweep of white just beneath each eyebrow. Place a little bit of white in each front corner of your eyes, next to the bridge of the nose.
Pick Your Colors
The secret to gorgeous eyes is choosing the right colors. Work with the eyes you’ve got, instead of against them.
If you have blue eyes, choose a color palette that includes warm brown tones, peaches, and pink shades. Pair green and hazel eyes with golds and purples. For gray eyes you want cooler colors, light purples, and browns. Brown eyes pair well with a variety of colors, including blacks and blues.
Place complementing eye shadow colors on your main eyelid just above the eye. This will make your eyes look wider and more open, so they stand out. You can still have some fun playing with colors. After the complementing color is swept over your main lid, you have more freedom to add different shades to you look. Many women use a secondary and even a tertiary eye shadow color to match what they’re wearing.
Add the Smoke
After you cover your main lid, get a little more of the same color on your brush and sweep shadow just beneath the eye, along the lash line. Next, wipe off the brush and go to your secondary color. This color should be darker than your main color. It can be the same color in a darker shade, or a completely different color, based on the look you want.
Starting at the outer corners, place a V of color extending from the corner of the eye to the bottom corner of your eyebrow. Sweep some of this dark color into the hollow right above your eye, blending it into your main lid color. Bring some of the color from your V into the lower lash line, and blend with the shadow you placed there earlier. Once all color is applied, use your blending brush to create an even, muted smoky eye look.