The easiest smokey eyes tutorial
- Put lid primer all over your lid. I don’t have a favorite. Why does it matter? It intensifies your eyeshadow, helps things blend better, and keeps everything from disappearing by midday.
- Line your entire waterline (top and bottom) with a black gel liner. Since the waterline is always wet, this one by Tarte is my absolute favorite. Amazonian clay doesn’t mix with water, so it’s the best thing I’ve found for not smudging and disappearing by midday.
- Apply black eyeshadow on your entire upper lid but only up to the crease. That’s the indention of skin that goes in when you are looking straight at the mirror. Don’t go above this. It will look messy but that’s okay. Don’t give up now. It will look awful at this step.
- Apply black eyeshadow under your eye using a thin smudge brush like this. Keep it close to your waterline. Typically, the bigger your eyes, the more forgiving it is to make it thicker on the bottom.
- Use a fluffy blending brush and a nude or taupe color like this one from Sarratt to make the mess of black on your upper lid disappear by gently blending back and forth in the shape of a rainbow until the mess is softened and looks blended. A light touch is needed. So is a little patience.
- Pile on the mascara. I haven’t found anything better for this than Better Than Sex Mascara, unless you want to wear false lashes. Smokey eyes are the best time to wear false lashes.
- (optional) If you’re feeling like it, you can add a bit of shimmer at the tearducts and blend towards the center of your eyes on the top and bottom using a brush like this, or add a cat eye. This is especially a great trick if you have close set eyes. You can also add shimmer where you blended the black and the nude.
- Most importantly, clean up under the eyes. Better yet, don’t do the rest of your face makeup until you’re done doing your smokey eye. There will be eye shadow fallout. Take some makeup remover and a Q-tip and clean up under the eyes. Make sure you have a heavy duty undereye concealer on when you do a smokey eye. My favorite is by Nars.
Here are a few more pics where I did this exact smokey eyes tutorial
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How to do a super easy cat eye.
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This smokey turquoise eyeshadow look I tried was fun.