The Best Rules of Smoky Eyes

One of the most gorgeous ways to play up your eyes is with a classic smoky makeup look, but it’s not the easiest technique to master. Use too little shadow and your eyes won’t pop; use too much and you risk looking like a raccoon. Here are the five rules to applying a smoky eye, so you finish with captivating, flirty eyes.


1. Use the right tools:
Creating a smoky eye is easy when you have the right tools. Start with a pencil along the lash line to define the eyes, then use a stubby blending brush to smoke out the pencil. Apply eye shadow on the lids using a fluffy brush to distribute color evenly, and use a pointier brush to blend color into the socket.

2. Go darker along the lashes:
You’ll need at least two shades to create a smoky eye with dimension. Apply a darker shadow along the lashes and into the crease to give the illusion of depth.

3. Blend, blend, blend:
Don’t leave any harsh lines around your eyes. Blend your shadow out and up to opens up the eye and create an almond shape.

4. Add dimension with a pale highlight shade:
Add shimmer to both the brow bone and the inner corners of the eyes to balance the heaviness of the dark eye makeup.

5. Stay in bounds:
Dark shadow should never be too heavy under the eyes (it draws them downward), and should never go as high as the brow bone (too ’80s!). Don’t leave a gap between your shadow and your lash line, either; push the brush into your lashes to get the color as close to them as possible.

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