How To Create The Perfect Smoky Eye

Smoky eye looks are a classic go-to. Once an evening staple, they can now be spotted first thing in the morning, at the office, on a date night, on a bride to be and everywhere else you could possibly imagine. That makes it especially important to understand how to create the perfect smoky eye makeup look. Not sure how to make it happen? You've come to the right place. This guide will show you how to create the perfect smoky eye.

Are you ready to get started? Sultry sophistication is just a few steps away.

Step #1: Pick Your Products

Where to begin? Before you actually start it's important to understand what you need. A quick list of essentials: black eyeliner, a great mascara (we like The Balm Cheater! Black mascara) and three eye shadow shades. When it comes to colors, it can be any combination of light, medium and dark color with similar tones. However, certain shades tend to be more flattering for different eyes colors. But feel free to get creative with your look, and experiment with different colors and shades.theBalm Cheater! Mascara

Green eyes look great with purple or plum shades, while copper and brown compliment blue eyes. Brown eyes can benefit from a combination of navy and grey. Eye palettes are a great way to take the thinking out of choosing the right colors. TheBalm's shadyLady Palette is a great option. Once you have your essential products – and your makeup brushes, of course – you're ready to get your smoke on.

Step #2: Prep The Eye Area

The next step is to prepare your eye area. You want your eye makeup to last all day and all night, right? It's no wonder eye shadow primers have soared in popularity in the last few years. There are plenty of benefits. A primer can make your eye shadow shades pop, make application easier, prevent creasing and add longevity to your look. That makes it an essential part of your makeup routine. A primer such as The Balm Put a Lid on It Eyeshadow Primer will do the trick.theBalm Put A Lid On It Primer

Step #3: Add The Color

Smoky Eye

  1. The best place to start is with the lightest shade. Dab a fluffy brush into the lighter color and tap off any excess product. Apply it to the inner corner of your eyelid and underneath your brow bone.
  2. Next, grab that medium color. Using a flat mid-sized brush, pick up the product and sweep it across your eyelid. Blend the color into the lighter shade so there isn’t a harsh line.
  3. With the darkest color you'll want to add a little product at a time. This can be tricky if you are just getting started with makeup application. Using a crease brush, add the product to the outer corner of your eye. Create a “C” shape and blend, blend, blend. You can make this part as dramatic as you like –even making the outer corner sharper and pointed if you like.

Step #4: Finish It All Off

The hardest part is over. Now you're ready to add eyeliner and mascara. For something that looks super smoky, choose a cream, pencil or gel eyeliner. We love Sorme Smearproof Eyeliner in Black and Venique Line Fix Gel Eyeliner. Use it to line your upper and lower lash line. For a bolder look, liquid eyeliner is the way to go. Add on two coats of mascara on your lashes and you'll be looking gorgeous everywhere you go.

Sorme Smearproof Eyeliner in Black

Perfecting a smoky eye can seem impossible. How can you possibly create something so dramatic with so much ease? Just follow these simple steps! Gorgeous makeup doesn’t have to be complicated to look great.

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