5 Steps to the perfect smokey Eye

0 Posted by - April 13, 2016 - General, How-to, Inspiration
Smokey Eye makeup

Image courtesy of Sleek MakeUP

We like to think of the smokey eye as the little black dress of the makeup world – sexy, bold and forever timeless.

Mastering the smokey eye can seem a bit intimidating but here at Cloud10HQ we have devised the perfect five step guide to help you achieve the perfect show-stopping, sultry smokey eye.

1. Prime your eyelids

There is nothing worse than eye shadow that moves and melts just an hour or two into your night! Always remember to prep your eyelids, sweeping your primer across your lids and letting it dry before applying any eye shadow.

2. Apply your eyeshadow

It’s easy to assume ‘smokey’ means only black or grey shades, but even you can create the most gorgeous smokey eyes with a variety of colours.  Simply choose a light, medium and dark shade in the same colour family to create your smokey eye.

  • Using an eye shadow brush, apply the lightest shade of eyeshadow across your entire eyelid.
  • Apply the medium shade to the crease of our eye, sweeping the shadow from the outer eye to the inner eye area in an arch shaped motion.
  • Next, apply the darkest shade of shadow to the centre of the crease and use a fluffy blending brush to blend this colour towards the outer corner of the eye. Be careful not to go beyond the but do not the edge of your eyebrows.

The key to the ultimate smokey eye is to BLEND! There should be no harsh lines. Use circular motions to ‘smoke out’ your eye shadows.

To amp up the intensity of your Smokey eye, add extra dark shadow to the creases of your eyelids and eyeliner above your upper lash line. 

3. Line it up

Eyeliner is perfect for adding even more drama to your smokey eye. For a cat eye look, use a  gel eyeliner along the lash line. Start at the inner corner, and finish up with  a tapered line where your eyeshadow ends.

For a more classic smokey eye look, draw a thick line of eyeliner just above your upper lash line and smudge out with a small eyeshadow brush (try the E21 Smudge brush from Sigma Beauty).

4. Lots of Lashes

To complement your smokey eye, apply lashings of mascara. It’s also the perfect excuse to add on some false lashes!

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5. Concealer

It’s always best to apply your under eye concealer  when your smokey eyes are finished, to even out your skin tone and disguise any dark under eye circles. (In fact, some makeup artists apply eyemakeup before foundation. This way it easier to clean up any fall out and tidy edges.)

There you have it – the perfect statement Smokey eye. Remember to keep your lips nude. The main focus should be put on either your eyes or on your lips, never both.

Master the Smokey Eye Look with these kits:

Sleek MakeUP I-Quad Eye Shadow and Eyeliner

Bourjois Smokey Eye Trio

Eye of Horus Eye Shadow Palette

theBalm Smoke Balm Set 1 Eye Shadow Palette

theBalm Smoke Balm Set 2 Eye Shadow Palette

1 Comment

  • Jordan May 2, 2016 - 2:58 pm Reply

    Thanks for these tips. I love doing a smokey eye for a night out, but it can be difficult to get that exact, beautiful look that’s always on models. Will have to try these ideas out!

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