A Step-By-Step Guide To Achieving The Perfect Subtle Smoky Eye

Smoky Eye Tutorial
Justin Coit

There are two types of women; Those who know how to craft a perfect smoky eye and those who don’t. It probably won’t surprise you to know that the majority of women fall into the latter category. Selecting the perfect shadow palette, nailing the windshield-wiper shadow application method and generally not looking like you’ve been on the wrong end of a punch are challenges most people will happily forgo in favor of a more simple look. We’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be difficult, and we’re giving you a simple tutorial to reference next time you feel like stepping things up. Because while we love our tried-and-true makeup look as well (glowing, natural skin for the win), there’s nothing like a new season to inspire a fresh outlook.

Step 1

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Prep with a hydrating eye cream and serum to nourish the delicate area around the eyes before you apply makeup. We like Caudalie’s VinoPerfect serum for its gentle, brightening properties. Pat with your ring finger starting at the outer corner of the eye, moving inwards towards the nose. Don’t apply foundation until after you’ve finished your eyemakeup but you can apply some undereye concealer if necessary.

Step 2

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Select a shadow palette that suits your complexion and personal style. We’re partial to warm taupe and bronze shades with some shimmer as they are forgiving to apply and flatter all skin tones. For a subtle smoky eye, we recommend using paler hues for fairer skin and darker shades for darker skin. Start by selecting a warm, neutral shade and sweeping it with a fluffy brush across the entire lid.

Step 3

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Next, select a slightly darker shade, in this case we opted for the bronze, and apply it to the crease and the lower portion of the lid closer to the lashes. Using a short-bristle brush will afford you greater control for intensifying the pigment. Tap the brush after dipping in the shadow so as not to drop any on your face.

Step 4

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Select the darkest shade and use it to line the upper and lower lash lines with you short-bristle brush. The effect is similar to eyeliner but less harsh.

Step 5

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Use your fluffy brush to make sure all shadow is blended evenly, adding a little extra definition to the crease or outer corners with the medium bronze shade to your liking. Curl lashes with a lash curler.

Step 6

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Apply a lengthening, volumizing mascara to upper and lower lashes. We like Beauty Pie’s Uber-Volume Boost Mascara because it creates density without getting clumpy and has a glossy finish.

Step 7

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One you’ve reached your desired level of smokiness, apply foundation, bronzer and a natural lip stain before using a setting spray.

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