MAKEUP: HOW TO

SMOKY EYE

Tools & techniques to achieve this look
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With the right tools and techniques, crafting a sultry, smoky eye is far simpler than you think (we promise!)

1

After prepping eyelids with an eyeshadow primer apply a mid-tone eyeshadow all over the eyelid. This might be grey if you’re after a charcoal smoky eye, brown for a chocolate smokey eye, or biscuit if you’re creating a natural smokey eye. Palettes are a great way to find a mid shade as they are grouped together. We love the colour combinations in Nude by Nature Natural Illusion Eyeshadow Trio in Nude for a fresh spring look.

2

Trace pencil eyeliner (it's easier to blend) in a slightly darker shade along the lashline, top and bottom. Stay close as possible to the lashes, and press colour right into lash roots. We recommend this easy to use yet blendable option: Velvet Concepts Velour Eye Pencil in Noir.

3

Now take a slightly darker eyeshadow colour, and dust it over the eyeliner and halfway up the lid, and into the crease, and along the lower lash line, then blend out with a crease or dome brush such as Nude by Nature Smudge Brush, using a windshield, wiper-like motion. The general rule is to keep colour more concentrated close to the lash, and diffuse it as you move out. And don't worry if everything is not perfect – the smoky eye is meant to be hazy, so just keep blending.

4

If you're worried about your eyes appearing smaller or deep-set, tap a shimmery eyeshadow on the centre of the eyelid (just above the iris). And always finish with lashings of mascara, top and bottom. Try: Butter London Double Decker Stacked Black Mascara or Velvet Concepts Flash Lash Volumising Mascara.