5 Basics for a Smokey Eye

I will never pretend to be an expert when it comes to make-up. There are a gazillion blogs out there dedicated to products, techniques, application…you will find no shortage of them with a simple online search. But I do have a cosmetic addition. I love playing around with make-up and experimenting, and one of my favorite go-to looks is a smokey eye. Full of drama and versatility, smokey eyes are fairly easy to create if you have the right tools.


5 Basics for a Smokey Eye


Here are the 5 basic things I recommend for achieving the look.

Note- I think its important to mention that a smokey eye doesn’t have to be done with black and/or gray shadows. You can create a smokey look with just about anything- browns, plums, blues, whatever you like and feel works best for you.

  1. Eye Shadow Base/Primer: NYX Eye Shadow Base ($7) is my favorite. It’s inexpensive, helps the shadow to last longer, and thanks to the white color, it makes your eye shadow pigmentation intense and really pop.
  2. Eye Shadows in Graduating Colors: Is this absolutely necessary? No. But having a palette with varying shades in the same family makes the entire process easier. My favorite is Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky Eye palette ($54)
  3. Small Shader Brush:  A small-sized shader brush it great for applying a good amount of shadow to the eyelid and blending as needed. I like the precision and control the small, dense brush provides. I use the Make Up For Ever Small Round Shader Brush ($22)
  4. Gel Eyeliner: I tend to wear a liquid version for every day use, but I almost always use a gel liner when going for a smoky eye. The soft, easy to blend formula lends itself perfectly for a soft, smoky look. I like NYX’s Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Liner ($12) and Julep’s Gel Eye Glider ($16).
  5. Kohl-Pigmented Mascara: Drama is the name of the game when it comes to a smokey look, and kohl-pigmentation will give you the most dramatic, intense eyelashes. #swoon. If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, you won’t be surprised when I tell you that Christian Dior’s Diorshow Blackout mascara ($28) is my favorite.  But, Bobbi Brown also makes a great one called- wait for it- Smokey Eye Mascara ($29)

For tutorials on how to apply click here, here or here.



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