Create Smoky Eyes - Traditional and Non-Traditional!

Smoky eyes will always be in style, no matter which colors you choose to use! When you create a sultry look, your eyes will look deep, dark, and enchanting.

What colors suit you best depends on what you like. Some women love to stick to the basics, while other women like strive for more versatility. Sometimes the obvious colors aren’t necessarily your only options, so keep an open mind!

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Different Kinds of Smoky Eyes

The traditional smoky look combines black and white colors or gray, black, and white colors. However, the shades and colors you choose are completely up to you. Also, if you want your shadows and liners to stay crisp and last, you'll need to apply primer before you start!

A good rule of thumb for smoky eyes is to use darker, deeper colors if you have darker colored eyes and hair. If you have light colored eyes and lighter hair, then use slightly lighter shades.

The key to the perfect smoky eye is proper blending. You want to make sure that colors mix together seemlessly. It's also important to pair light shadow colors with rich dark colors.

What You’ll Need

  • Eye shadow brushes

  • Black eyeliner(s) (Pencil, liquid, and/or gel)

  • For traditional smoky eyes: Shadows in grays, blacks, charcoals, and whites. For non traditional colors: Dark and light shades of purple, pink, green, blue, or brown.

  • Highlighting shimmer. (Or, just use your light or white eyeshadow!)

  • Black Mascara (Hint: Choose a quality brand to avoid clumping or 'spider eyes'.)

  • Eyebrow pencil (Hint: Select the most natural shade that blends well with your brow hair colors.)

  • Eyelash curler (Optional)

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    How to Create Traditional Smoky Eyes

  • Use your eyebrow pencil to fill in and create thicker-looking brows. Blend well with a clean medium shadow brush.

  • Brush a cream primer on eyelids up to the brows.

  • Apply the gray or charcoal shadow to the entire lid, concentrating the color towards the outside of your eyes. Blend well.

  • Apply the darkest shadow color along the crease of the eye only, concentrating on the outer eye. Blend into the gray or charcoal base color using a clean shadow brush.

  • Apply a creamy white highlighter from the brow bones down to the crease and blend it into the dark shadow. It's also a good idea to use the highlighter inside the eye, up to the brow.

  • Use a dark black pencil eyeliner along the entire lash line. Smudge slightly with your fingertip or use a medium shadow brush.

  • Use your dark shadow on top of the smudged liner for a soft smoky look but keep the edges neat. (Optional)

  • Using a liquid or gel eyeliner, apply a line along upper lashes. Keep the line as close to your lashes as you can get it. Draw the line as thick and pronounced as you wish, but make sure that the line is thickest at the outer corner and thinnest towards the inner eye. Allow to dry thoroughly.

  • Using a small angled shadow brush, apply a thin line of dark shadow under your lower lashes but only apply it from the middle out. Smudge slightly. Optionally, you can use the black pencil liner or dark shadow color using a small brush or sponge applicator.

  • Curl lashes, then apply several coats of mascara, building layers gradually to avoid clumping. Allow mascara to completely dry!

  • If you don't want to use typical black and gray colors, try a gold base with deep brown on top, champagne base with bright blue colors, or peach base with green colors. True smoky looks can only be achieved though, by using typical white, black, and gray colors.

    Smokey Eyes Tutorial

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    Smoky Eyes Tutorial

    Non-Traditional Looks

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    Smoky Pink Eyes

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    Smoky Charcoal Eyes

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    Smoky Purple Eyes

    Smokey Eyes Video

    It seems like everyone applies smoky eyes a little bit differently and that's totally cool! You'll have to learn which colors you want to try. The more times you go through the steps, the faster and easier the process will get! That's a fact!

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