Creating a Classic Smokey Eye
If you have an event coming up or going out for an evening then creating a classic smokey eye can add some drama to your look. If you are looking to create the classic smokey eye look here are some simple tips that you can follow.
Creating Smokey Eyes
You are able to use any colour when creating a smokey eye, but you will need at least three shades that are of similar hues. When it comes to the classic smokey eye blacks and greys are used as well as bronze and browns.
- Green eyes suit grey and plum shades
- Blue eyes suit gold or copper shades
- Brown eyes suit navy and grey shades
You will need to choose three shades, a light creamy colour, a medium base colour and a dark smokey colour.
You should avoid bright colours though.
Loose powders are able to give you a better blend which is necessary when creating a smokey eye.
Your smokey eye can be emphasised though the use of black eyeliner.
You will need to use good quality make up brushes. A domed eye shadow brush is the best to use as it’s rounded at the top.
Your eyelids will need to be prepped with a concealer or eye shadow primer.
You should have makeup remover and q-tips on hand so that you are able to fix any mistakes or loose eye shadow that may fall.
You will need to put your face makeup on first before you create your smokey eye. Put concealer under your eyes and on any blemishes and then apply a powder foundation over the top to set it.
You can apply a blush or bronzer so that you can create dimension to your face. These should be applied lightly so that you achieve a neutral look.
Classic Smokey Eye
You will need to first apply your highlighter which is the lightest of the three shades. Dab the eye shadow brush in the inside corner of your eyelid on both the upper and lower lids. You should also sweep the colour directly under your eyebrows from the beginning to the end.
The next thing you will need to do is to apply the medium shade and sweep this over your entire eyelid. Ensure that you blend this at the inside corners with the highlighter so that there isn’t a harsh divide between these two colours. You will need to apply this upwards to the natural crease of your eyelid and not all the way to the highlighter that is under your brows.
It’s now time to apply the darkest colour by beginning at the outside corner of your eyes and sweeping it in a C shape from halfway inwards on the lash line, back up and around to halfway inwards on the crease of your eyelid.
The darkest part needs to be the point at the upper edge of your lash line. The shadow should not be too far in as you want about half of your eyelid to not have any dark shadow. You can also add a little of the dark shadow underneath your eye on the lower lid. To do this you can start at the outside corner and bring it halfway in.
After you have applied your eye shadows, you will need to wash and dry your brush so that you can use it to blend the colours together. The lightest colours should blended first. The medium lid colour should not have a harsh divide with the dark colour on the crease. You should move your brush in a C shape where these two colours meet so that you can create a smooth ombre effect.
The dark crease shadow needs to be blended by going outwards towards the brow bone. There should be a soft fade and not overlap the highlighter under your brows too much.
Once you have blended the shades, you can add a dramatic feel with eyeliner. If you want to go for the cat eye look then you will need to bring your eyeliner from the inside corner lash line towards the end of your eyebrow. The line should be tapered at the end slightly before the edge of your eye shadow.
If you prefer to have a smudgy look then draw a thick line across the top of your lash line and then with your fingertip smudge and blur this line.
After you have applied your eyeliner you can add your mascara to the top and bottom lashes. On the bottom lashes you should apply just one coat and two coats to your top lashes.
Once you have applied your makeup, you can clean away any excess colour that may have fallen.