How To Create Smokey Eyes
I cannot emphasize enough, that when you plan on creating a smokey eye look, you should always apply your eye shadow first before you apply the rest of your makeup. Often times when applying a smokey eye, the shadows can get very messy and can leave bits of dark shadow all over the place! So if you want clean, sexy and professional looking smokey eyes, follow these easy steps!
1, Prep the skin: Apply your facial moisturizing cream and primer; this will create a nice base for the rest of your makeup.
2, Create A blank Canvas: Apply either an eye primer, concealer or in a pinch foundation all over the eyelid to create an even color.
3, Line the Top: Apply a black or dark colored eyeliner along your upper lash line, don’t worry if the line is a bit messy! The shadows will be blended with the line.
4, Build Color: Take a very soft round brush and start applying a dark medium shade color from the lash line to just above the crease. To get a softer look apply with a brush in a windshield wiper motion around the crease of the eye.
5, Create darkness: Take your darkest shade and with a brush apply to the outer corners of the eye and blend into the eye crease. For extra drama, take an eyeliner brush and blend the darkest color with your original eyeliner from step 3.
6, Smudge the Bottom: With a clean eyeliner brush, take the medium shadow color from step 4 and apply a smudgy line all the way across the bottom lash line. Again don’t worry about getting messy we will clean it up later! Depending on how dramatic you want your smokey eye, blend a dark eyeliner along the lower lash line. You can also line your bottom water line.
7, Bring in the Light: Take a small dab of concealer – with a concealer brush or your finger and apply it to the inner corners of your eyes. Then add a light shimmery shade on top of the concealer and blend together.
8, Clean Up: This is the most important step! Saturate a cotton pad or cotton bud with makeup remover and wipe away any shadow that fell below and around your eyes. Use the cotton buds to shape your smokey eye look in case you got a little messy with the eye shadows.
10, Final Touches: Go over your smoky eye and add any extra dark or light shadow, eyeliner, etc. I also like to go in with my face powder and blend out the edges of the dark shadow to really enhance the smokiness of the look.
11, Lashes: Apply multiple coats of extra black mascara to the top and bottom lashes. For extra drama, you can have fun by adding false lashes!