How to create smoky eyes

Don't you just wish you could do your make-up like the superstars? How do they manage to get those perfect smoky eyes? Well probably because they have a trained make-up artist who does their make-up for them, but with our step by step guide to smoky eyes you can get that look yourself!

Smoky eyes have been a popular look for a long time now and they show no sign of going out of fashion. The most important thing to remember when creating the smoky eye effect is blending. You must make sure that you blend the eye shadow seamlessly.

Before we begin, you will need to have: eye primer (great for keeping shadow in place), two eye shadows - one light and one darker, eyeliner, makeup brushes and mascara.

Step 1 - Prepare the eyelid. In order to stop eye shadow from collecting in your eyelid crease as the day goes on, keep eyelids oil-free. To do this you need to apply a primer. Dab the primer across the eye and allow to dry.

Step 2 - Apply eyeliner. If you want to get the typical black, brown or grey smoky eye, apply liner in one of those colours above the upper lash line. Make sure to draw the line thicker in the middle of eye.

Step 3 - Blend in colour on bottom lashes. To create a smoky effect on the bottom, it's best to use an eyeliner pencil as they are easy to smudge. Then rub the pencilled line with your finger to create the smudged smoky effect.

Step 4 - Apply base colour. The base colour should be a light shade. To create a smoky effect it is necessary to use a light base and a darker hue. A cream or shade of soft brown makes a nice base. Brush the eye shadow over the lids right up to the brow bone.

Step 5 - Now its time to start blending. Apply your darker colour but keep it below the crease of your eye lid. Using an eye shadow brush, start blending the two colours beginning at your lash line and blending upwards. Remember to blend the colour into the lash line as well so the eyeliner disappears.

Step 6 - Check. Look at your eyes in the mirror and make sure that both smoky eyes match! Some more blending may be necessary.

Step 7 - Mascara. Complete the look with some lash intensifying mascara. You may wish to apply two or three coats of mascara so that your lashes look as dark as possible.

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