Smokey eyes are the business card of a confident woman. Even before you meet and speak to the lady, her sultry, smokey eyes will lure you into her web of charm. But, does the term ‘smokey eyes’ instantly conjure up images of blacker-than-black, smudged-out eyes? Do they always have to be black? We beg to differ. We will totally re-define the idea of a smokey eye with these following looks.

Along with some insane colourful smokey eyes, we also give you fool-proof tips that will make your smokey eyes stand out, and last from dusk till dawn.
 
Tequila sunrise
 

Tequila sunrise

Tip: Do your eyes first

We have been conditioned to apply foundation and concealer and then do our eyes. But we have seen enough Fashion Weeks to know that the opposite order works. First, do your eyes and then move on to foundation and then concealer. Any fall-out from the eyeshadow is cleaned up easily with makeup remover before the foundation has been applied.
 

Blue lagoon
 

Blue lagoon

Tip: Always use primer and concealer

Always prime your eye lid with a primer. This helps to create an even foundation for the colours that you apply, and makes them last longer. It also prevents the eyeshadow from settling into the crease. Sometimes, eyeshadows look washed out on your skin. Applying a primer provides an even, neutral base and makes the colours pop.
 

Long island iced tea
 

Long island iced tea

Tip: Layer it up 

If you want a coppery brown smokey eye like this one, make sure you have a few shades from the same family. Go with a light and dark brown, a coppery shade and a lighter shimmery copper-toned shade for highlighting the inner corners and the brow bone. Always remember to layer the colour thinly and build more layers on until you get desired opacity. If you layer the eyeshadows too thick, there will be a lot of fall-out and the powder will not stay for long.
 

Gold rush
 

Gold rush

Tip: Brush up your knowledge of brushes

It is important to have the right tools handy to achieve the prefect smokey eye. There is a reason why a good brush will set you back more than your actual makeup! They are made from good quality bristles, gentle enough for the eye area and are long-lasting. An eye shadow brush, a blender brush, a small round-tip highlighter brush and a shading brush are a good selection for a beginner.
 

Margarita
 

Margarita

Tip: Blend and then blend some more

When you want to achieve a grey-silver smokey eye like this one, it is important to blend well. As we mentioned earlier, you have to have a few eyeshadow colours from the same family, a dark and light grey, and a silver one for highlighting. Now that you have the brushes, blend so that you don’t have any tell-tale lines between the shades, and they appear seamless. Use small, circular motions to blend the colour and the ‘wind-shield wiper’ strokes for the crease.

 This means that you place a soft, fluffy pointed brush at one end of the crease and move it from side to side, tracing the crease without lifting the brush off the eye lid.

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