There’s a smoky eye with colours as bright as the sunrise and then there’s a smoky goth eye. It’s a look that’s dark, sexy and oh-so vamp. It’s also somewhat romantic - think secret trysts, heartfelt longing and lacy Victorian fashion.
To achieve the perfect goth look, the right eyeshadow palette is essential. You need a super dark shadow combined with lighter shades to blend for a smoked-out effect. We’ve rounded up our favourites.
Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
This is a fantastic eyeshadow palette if you like a more natural look most of the time but want to go goth just once in a while. The palette contains 12 flawless shades ranging from shimmery white to the blackest black. It’s a really useful product to create any neutral smoky eye, whether you have a goth look in mind, or something lighter and more natural.
NYX Professional Makeup Dream Catcher Palette in Stormy Skies
Glam goths - this one’s for you! The palette contains 10 shades, including black, white, silver and a selection of shimmery nudes. We just love the metallic purple, to add a touch of jewel-like sparkle to a sultry goth smoky eye. The colours are highly pigmented and blend out smoothly.
L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Quad Eyeshadow in Incredible Grey
Need to keep things simple? This palette contains exactly what you need to create the perfect black and smoky goth eye. Just 4 shades, graded from black to white, makes choosing colours easy. The colour glides on smoothly and is formulated for long-lasting wear.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
This is another one of our favourite palettes. Like the Maybelline and NYX Professional Makeup palettes, it’s also super versatile. You could buy just this palette and have everything you need for any makeup look! There are 12 highly pigmented shades, including a mix of nudes and shimmers. We especially like the shimmery gunmetal shades to add a bit of sparkle to your smoky goth eye. The case design is also pretty nifty and includes an Urban Decay eyeshadow brush that fits neatly into the base.
If a full goth eye makeup look scares you a little, don’t worry. You can ease yourself in with a smoky eye that’s a few shades darker than your usual look, and experiment with different eyeliner techniques to enhance your eyes.