Here’s how to do the perfect classic black smokey eye makeup
Smokey eye is probably one of the hardest eye looks & a look that almost many people mess up.
I’m going to show you how to do it step by step with few colors & once you learn the basics, you could get any look you want. You could do a dark smokey eye, medium smokey eye, a colorful smokey eye but you’ve got to learn the basics first.
Let’s start with what you should NOT do. Do not get a dark black shadow and put it all over your eye because you are going to look like you’ve been punched in the face. Smokey eye from the 60’s is different than smoky eye now. The good thing about a smokey eye is really what it is – it’s just blending shadows together to create a little bit of a look. But just remember that if you are wearing a smoky eye, you must keep the eyes the focus, with a clean skin, and nude lips.
I’m going to start off by applying the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion all over the eyes with a flat eyeshadow brush.
Next, I’m using this orangish brown shade from the ELF Cosmetics Rose gold – sunset palette on my crease and blending it with a Sigma E45 brush. This is going to be the transition color.
It’s best to apply little by little than a lot in the beginning as there’s no way to take off excess shadow already applied. Hence I am building the color on my crease. I went over with this shade at least thrice!
Now to add some intense color! I’ve picked a mauve shade on the outer corner extending it to the crease and inner corner of the eye.
Now to add the ‘smoke’ to the smokey eye! So here I’m using a flat stiff brush and taking the Maybelline gel liner and applying it slowly and gently. I am blending the gel liner to the inner and outer corners too.
I’m applying a black shadow by patting first and then blending it with a crease brush. There was a lot of blending going on as I realized that my gel liner had dried a bit.
For highlight on the brow bone, I used this shimmery shade from the ELF Rose gold – sunset palette with the Sigma E45 brush.
Moving on to the lower lid. I’m using the Milani kajal pencil in my waterline and following it up with the matte black shadow under it with the Sigma E20 brush.
I’m also going in with the same mauve shade that I used in the beginning with a Sigma E30 pencil brush to make the whole look come together and to add that smokeyness to the lower lashline.
Moving on to skin – first I’m cleaning the fallouts with a Q tip & the Garnier Micellar Cleansing water.
I’m using the Bobbi Brown foundation and blending it with an beauty blender. Then applying the NYX concealer on my under eyes to cover up any shadows.
To set the under eyes, I’m applying MAC Studio Fix powder with a setting brush.
Now it’s time to curl the eyelashes and apply Maybelline Colossal mascara on the upper & lower lashes to add drama.
I’m contouring with the BenefitHoola powder taking it from out to in with the Sigma F40 slanted brush. I’ve noticed these type of brushes make the placement and application during contouring easier.
Using a fluffy brush, I’m using the Maybelline Fit Me blush and blending upwards.
I’m using the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish on my cheekbones and on the inner corner of the eyes to add a pop!
For lips, I’m using the NYX lip pencil in Natural to add shape and filling them in with MAC Mocha. I love a good glossy lip with my smokey eye. I’m applying the Estee Lauder lip gloss at the center of the lips to add a pout.