The smoky eye is a go-to look for any occasion and can add a glamorous touch to your look. The classic smoky eye is one of my favorite looks in any season, and over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks for creating the perfect smoky eye in minimal time. You can play with a variety of color palettes and still create a sultry look for day or night. Knowing how to blend the right shades and using contrasting colors to highlight different parts of the eye area will help you create a picture-perfect look.
Here are some not-so-common tips for creating the perfect smoky eye:
#1: Make friends with the smudge brush. You’ll need a good smudge brush to blend darker shadows seamlessly with the lid color. I recommend Bobbi Brown’s Eye Smudge Brush but you can use any smudging tool along the lash line and crease to create the smoky effect with ease.
#2: Pick the right contrasting shades. One of the secrets to nailing this look is to always use eyeshadow colors that have enough contrast – your crease color needs to be dark enough to create a faux shadow but also needs to be a complementary shade to the lid color. If you have a cool skin tone, use a shimmering black shadow for the crease color and a pewter or dark gray color for the lids. If you have a warmer skin tone, try a very dark brown or bronze for the crease and a shimmering gold or lighter bronze on the lid. You can still create a sultry effect with lighter shades by blending in some black eyeliner around the rims of the eyes and using a smudging tool to create a smoky look.
#3: Always highlight the brow bone. One of the easiest ways to make the eyes really stand out and enhance the smoky effect is by brushing a lighter color along the brow bone. I like to use a shimmering cream or light silver color from the top of the lids all the way to the eyebrows. It frames the look and also enhances the effects of the smoky eye.