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This is an easy, quick smokey eye makeup guide. You can wear the looks in the daytime without feeling overdone….

You will need two eyeshadow colors. The first will be a rich, deep color that you love. Here you’ll see purple for illustration purposes. The second is a black, or darker eyeshadow like light gray. Something that really leans towards being black.

The most important aspect of good smokey eye makeup is BLENDING... 

Do this with a dome shaped, fluffy blending brush like the e.l.f. Crystal Blending Eye Brush
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Step 1: Start with the black eyeshadow or pencil. Place it from you lash line to about halfway up the eyelid. Then, use your blending brush or fingers if you have to, and blend it nicely.

Step 2: Take your colored eyeshadow and place it all over the lid. It’s going to diffuse the darkness but still have it in the background.

Step 3: Draw a thick-is line on your top and bottom lash line. Smudge this line a little bit, melting it into the colors you’ve already applied. Then make a final line on the lash line again. You can also line the waterline for a bigger effect.

Step 4: Lash on copious amount of mascara! Just a few layers of preferably lash lengthening mascara. This will take your smokey eye to next level...

Smokey Eye Makeup According To Your Eye Shape

Here is a round-up of the most common eye shapes that may require a different method to that mentioned above…

These are close set eyes, wide set eyes, small eyes, and deep set eyes.  

Knowing your eye shape makes a big difference to your look because something that looks good on big eyes, might not have the same effect if your eyes are small.

So you tailor your makeup to suit you in the best way that it can, and you'll be surprised at how these little changes affect your whole look.

Do you want to tailor your smokey eye makeup, but are not sure what eye shapes might apply to you? Check out our guide first. 

Close Set Eyes 

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Step 1: Start with your colored eyeshadow and place it all over the lid. Would you prefer a little color on the lower lash line? Then line it with this eyeshadow. For this it’s best to use a liner brush.

You can also place some highlighter just at the inner corners. This lightens the area and makes the space between your eyes look bigger.

Step 2: Follow with the black eyeshadow or pencil. Place it from the middle of your lash line to the outside. Spread it to about halfway up the eyelid.

Then, use your blending brush or fingers if you have to, and blend it nicely upwards, increasing the intensity as you go towards the outer half.

This is because you want to pull an observer’s eye to the outside of your eyes. That way the eyes look further apart.

Step 3: Draw a thick-ish line on your top lash line, without lining the inner corners. Line the bottom line for about three quarters from the outer corner. Smudge this line a little bit, melting it into the colors you’ve already applied. You can also line the waterline.

Step 4: Lash on mascara, giving a few more layers to the outside half of the lashes. This will make outside lashes thicker and add even more drama to that part.

Wide Set Eyes

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Step 1: Start with the black eyeshadow or pencil. Place it from your inner lash line about three quarters towards the outside of the eye. Spread about halfway up the eyelid.

Apply it to the rest of your top lash line, but don’t spread it. Basically the way that you’d apply liner.  Apply it in the same way to on your lower lash line. Then, use your blending brush or fingers if you have to, and blend it nicely.

Step 2: Take your colored eyeshadow and place it all over the lid. It’s going to diffuse the darkness but still be a bit lighter on the outside.

Step 3: Start the lining at your waterline. Then draw a thick line on your top and bottom lash line with eyeliner. Here, make sure you line the inner corners. Smudge this line a little bit, melting it into the colors you’ve already applied. Apply the final eyeliner layer for more darkness.

Step 4: Apply mascara to both the top and bottom lashes…

 

Small Eyes

So is it tricky to use smokey eye makeup to open up your eyes? Yep, but there is a way to do it! 

You could do a regular smokey eye with small eyes and still look really sultry. If you want to have a smokey eye and still have bigger looking eyes, here’s the way. First we make the eye look rounder, then longer…

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Step 1: Start with the black eyeshadow or pencil. Place it in a bit of a dome shape, starting in the middle of your lash line. Make sure that the thickest part, that will go to about three quarters up your eyelid, is right above your iris. Then, use your blending brush or fingers if you have to, and blend it nicely.

Step 2: Take your colored eyeshadow and place it all over the lid. It’s going to diffuse the darkness but still have it in the background.

Step 3: Okay now concentrate!

Draw a thick line on your top lash line starting from the same place where you started the step 1. Then line the bottom line from three quarters from your outer corners. Smudge this line a little bit, melting it into the colors you’ve already applied.

Then make a final line on the lash line again. Take this line, and create a wing to elongate the eye. You can also line the waterline with nude eyeliner for a wider effect.

Blend the liner with a blending brush so that you're left with what looks like a smokey ring around the eye.

Step 4: Lash on mascara, and put a few more layers on the middle of your lashes.

Deep Set Eyes

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Step 1: You get the easiest smokey eye makeup look of them all! Start with the black eyeshadow or pencil. Place it all over the eyelid, and take it just a tad above your crease.

Then use your blending brush or fingers if you have to, and blend it.

Step 2: Draw a thick-ish line on your top and bottom lash line. Smudge this line a little bit, melting it into the colors you’ve already applied. Then make a final line on the lash line again.

You can also line the waterline for a bigger effect.

Step 3: Mascara will be your final step!

Play around when doing smokey eye makeup with layering colors, and little touches of colored liner.

You could even use your shadow to line your bottom lashes, and change it up by winging it out...

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