How to get Smoky Eyes

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For the classic smoky eyes look, use silver, grey and black eyeshadow colours and a smudgy black eyeliner. In this demonstrative article we explain how to achieve the look. You can also follow our step by step makeup tutorial video to help you:

Step 1

Using the eyeliner, draw rough horizontal dashes of eyeliner across your eyelids. Next, using the smudger, smudge the colour until it blends together. This will form a dark smoky base for your eyeshadows and help their staying power.

Step 2

Apply the silver eyeshadow all over the eyelids and up to the brow bone using a large, flat, rounded eyeshadow brush. This is called the highlight.

Step 3

Apply the grey eyeshadow across the eyelid using a small, flat, rounded eyeshadow brush.

Step 4

Using an angled eyeshadow brush work the black eyeshadow from the far outer corner of your eyelids around the crease of your eyelid to about midway, forming a V shape.

Step 5

Using a large, flat eyeshadow blending brush, blend the medium and dark colours together and soften the shadow where the two colours meet.

Step 6

Using a small, flat, rounded eyeshadow brush, apply the silver eyeshadow in a vertical line to the centre of your eyelids. This will create a central highlight which will catch in the light adding dimension to your colour.

Step 7

Add the eyeliner to your lower lash line. Start from the inner corner working outwards and use the smudger to soften the look. Then using an angled eyeshadow brush, apply some of the silver eyeshadow (or your medium shade) over the eyeliner to create a smoky effect.

Alternatively, for a real dark and sultry look, try applying the eyeliner to your upper and lower rims working from corner to corner.

Step 8

Finish the look with your choice of mascara.


Remember, you needn't use grey and black eyeshadows to get smouldering, smoky eyes, but can use blues or browns depending on your colour preference. Whichever colours you go for, as a general rule, you will need 3 shades of colour – light, medium and dark.