Regardless of how skillful you are at makeup, creating a smokey eye can feel overwhelming every time. You have to be careful with the intensity of the shadow — too little and the effect won’t show, too much and you can end up looking sleep-deprived. But smokey eye makeup also happens to be one of the most versatile and stylish glam looks you can create to match any outfit.
So, how do you overcome this hurdle? Well, we have the perfect daytime smokey eye look for you to try! It is so easy to recreate and super wearable for any kind of daytime soiree you have in mind... Learn how to do smokey eyes step by step, and see the inspirational smokey eyes images below.
The Perfect Smokey Eye Look: The Basics
What is smokey eyes? Basically, it is the style of eye makeup with dark eye shadow blended on the upper and lower eyelids for a dramatic effect. You can create not only black smokey eye makeup but also try any other dark, or bold shades, like brown smokey eye, gray, blue, or green smokey eye makeup, pink smokey eye makeup, red smokey eye makeup, with matte textures or sparkly shadows. The sultry shadow smokey eye 90s look is now having a revival, so you need to discover how to do it, and try RN!
See this smokey eye makeup look tutorial for beginners below, with step by step smokey eye makeup images, explanations, and recommended products.
Step #1: Prep
The first step of eye makeup for the beginners is a well-prepped base and to do this, all you need is dot the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Liquid Concealer all over your eyelids and blend with an eyeshadow brush or your fingers. Set it with the Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Finishing Powder translucent loose powder to set the concealer.
Step #2: Fill in the colours
Start with a light, peachy and soft transition colour just above the crease area; the shade will help blend all the colours easily and give a soft transition. Next, use a darker brown colour as you move closer to your upper lash line and blend with a pointed blending brush. For the final touch, use a shader brush and apply the darkest brown to your upper lash line. Then, using a smudger brush, smoke out the pigment to create a lovely smokey effect.
You can use the Lakmé Absolute Spotlight Eye Shadow Palette - Smokin Glam to create this look. It has a perfect combination of black, gray, brown, and nude colours, with striking shimmers for glitter smokey eye, and intense mattes. Using that eye shadow palette, you can create either natural smokey eye makeup, or dramatic black smokey eye makeup.
Step #3: Go in with the kajal
As is with any smokey eye look, you need kohl to add depth to it. Line your upper lash line (till the centre of your iris) using the Lakmé Eyeconic Kajal. Then, use a smudger brush to gently smoke out the kohl. This smudge proof as well as waterproof product is perfect for dark smokey eye makeup.
Step #4: Sharpen and clean up
Use the Simple Daily Skin Detox Oil Be Gone Micellar Water to give your smokey eye a cat-eye look. Dip a cotton pad in micellar water and wipe the edges, moving upwards and outwards, to create the effect. Apply some shimmer to the inner corner of your eye to really make it pop!
Step #5: Smoke out the lower lash line
To smoke out the lower lash line, use the same dark kohl shade. Stack on top of each other, only halfway through your eye. For the final touch, dab the shader brush on the peach shadow and rim the entire lower lash line. Finish off with the Lakmé Eyeconic Curling Mascara - Black for a dramatic effect. This mascara has a smart curl brush, and added D-Panthenol for smooth and curled lashes. If you’re creating the blue smokey eye makeup look, you can choose the same mascara available in intense blue colour.
FAQs about The Perfect Smokey Eye Look
How to create a bridal makeup smokey eye?
Smokey eye wedding makeup is a good option if you want to go a little extra on your special day. First, prevent your wedding makeup from smudge or crease by applying a primer. After creating the classic smokey eye look, you can add some glitter to the centre of your eyelids. For bridal smokey eye makeup, gold and bronze shades are the most sought-after and recommended, as they complete the stunning look for special occasion. You can use false lashes, and do not forget to put on your eyeliner for a more dramatic effect. Add mascara to visibly open up your eyes, and you are ready!
Do smokey eyes make you look older?
Smokey eye makeup is time-proven, and many makeup lovers adore it. However, if you go wrong with applying too dark eye shadows, this can make you look older sometimes. There are two things you can do to avoid this effect. First, do not apply heavy layers of shadows all over your whole eyelid, make your look softer by delicate application and properly blend your shadows. Second, swap your black liner and shadows for brown smokey eye makeup, plum, or navy blue smokey eye makeup if you want to make it less harsh and mature looking. Choose shades that match your eye and hair colour, and you’ll never go wrong with smokey eyes.
Do smokey eyes suit on everyone?
Yes, classic smokey eye makeup look is flattering on everybody, it makes your eyes visibly bigger, and wider. If you have smaller eyes, smokey eye makeup will still look great, especially when you don’t go too dark and apply lighter shades. To make your lashes look thicker and eyes pronounced, apply brown eye shadows or kohl to your upper and lower lash lines, then soften the liner with an eye makeup brush, and blend thoroughly. Don’t forget to highlight the inner corners of your eyes to visibly open them up.
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