The smoky eye – a truly classic go-to makeup look for a sultry date night with Mr Right or a night on the town with the girls. While it may help you to give off a distinctive air of intrigue, mastering the look doesn’t have to be a mystery! We have put together some of the best hacks to add to your (makeup) bag of tricks when it comes to perfecting the sexy, smouldering smoky eye.
Use an eyeshadow primer
Choose the right eyeshadow palette – or don’t use one at all
The secret to perfect smoky eye makeup is the seamless blending of similar shades of the same colour for a dark, yet layered aesthetic. With this in mind, be sure to choose a palette that offers at least two shades of the same colour. We love the five-shade Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette #1 (Tuxedo) which promises up to 12 hours of wear. Alternatively, create a low-key smoky eye by only applying eyeliner and using an eyeshadow brush to smudge it ever so delicately. The creamy NYX Professional Makeup Slim Eye Pencil in Black or the ultra-smooth Maybelline Eyestudio® Lasting Drama® Gel Liner is sure to do the trick.
Keep it contained
Nothing is stopping you from going all out with your smoky eye at night, but if you’re keen to rock this look during the day, there are ways to avoid looking OTT. The best way is to keep it as close to the lash line as possible and to steer clear of too-dark liquid eyeliner.
Experiment with different trends
The classic dark and edgy smoky eye will always have its place, but don’t be afraid to experiment with other smoky eye trends. The metallic smoky eye, for example, looks incredible and less harsh on fairer complexions while the daring red smoky eye is a must for dark-skinned beauties. Don’t forget to try out the subtle, mascara-free smoky eye – it’s a great option for work!
Apply your concealer last
Most smoky eye looks require a decent amount of product – a product that is almost certain to flake away and stick into your freshly applied concealer. Avoid this by applying your concealer only after your smoky eye is complete and locked in place with a makeup setting spray.
Keep these tips in mind, and your smoky eye is sure to look smokin’ hot every single time!