Smokey eye makeup – equal part sexy and daunting! Done incorrectly, this eye makeup style can look messy and make you look tired and haggard. Or worse, black smokey eye looks can leave you with the dreaded raccoon eyes. But don’t worry, we got you covered – here are 5 foolproof tips that will give you an edgy and glamourous smokey eye makeup look every time.
1. Do your eyes first
When creating a smokey eyeshadow look, we recommend finishing your eye makeup before applying your foundation and concealer. Doing your face makeup first probably comes to you naturally, but the dark eyeshadows from your smokey eyes tend to fallout and can lead to a messy under eye area. Starting with the eye makeup makes it easy to clean up any mistakes or fall out later. But if you do insist on finishing your face makeup first, apply a generous amount of loose powder to your undereye area to bake your liquid foundation and concealer. The loose powder makes it easy to dust off and brush away any fallout from your face.
2. Use a primer on your eyelids
Not to prime is a crime – and this is especially true when creating a dramatic smokey eye makeup look. Priming your eyelids before going in with dark and bold colours ensures that the colours stay in place all day and do not smudge and fade. Since smokey eyes require a lot of blending, priming your eyelids helps create a smooth base that makes the blending process easier. Using a brightening concealer as a primer is a great way to make your eyeshadow pop. Use the Maybelline Foundation Finder tool to find an exact match of your concealer shade and pick a concealer that is one or two shades lighter to give your eyelids a brightening effect. Applying concealers and primers on your lids also prevent your eyeshadows from creasing. You do not want your smokey eyes to be filled with fine lines now, do you?
3. Blend and blur
Probably the most important step of creating a smokey eyeshadow look is to take your time blending all the dark colours together. To create a seamless blend of colours, use a fluffy blending brush and blur away any harsh lines using small circular motions. Smokey eyes are meant to be carefully smudged – in a way that they look undefined without looking messy. Make sure that your smokey eyes appear gradient and blurred and have no clear demarcations between the different eyeshadow shades.
4. Have fun with colours
While black is the dominant shade in most smokey eyeshadow makeup, go beyond black smokey looks and experiment with different colours like deep wine, dark brown, navy blue, and more to create a stunning smokey eye makeup. Try blue smokey eyes for a fun pop of colour or create a natural smokey eye look with beige and brown eyeshadow shades. To add extra oomph to a matte smokey eye, use shimmer eyeshadows on your eyelid – gold smokey eyes will complement every eye colour and skin tone! Use a gold eyeshadow shade from the Maybelline 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette on the inner half of your eyelid and blend it with a dark brown eyeshadow for a soft and subtle smokey eye look or go all out with black!
With so many colours to try out, it can be difficult to choose. Use the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool to solve your dilemma. Play with different eyeshadow shades and give yourself a virtual makeover at home with zero commitment.
5. Use kajal when in rush
One of the best hacks to create a quick and easy smokey eyeshadow look is to use a kajal. Smokey eyes with kajal are a beginner-friendly option that is as easy as one, two, three! Use a creamy and blend-able kajal like the Maybelline Colossal Kajal and create a # on the outer third of your eyelid. Using your finger or a dense blending brush, smudge the kajal and add your favourite eyeshadow shade to the rest of your eyelid and voila, you are all set to rock a grungy smokey eye.
If this is your first time creating a smokey eye makeup look, we recommend keeping q-tips, micellar water, and makeup removing wipes handy to clean up mistakes. Use a bright highlighter in the inner corner of your eyes and under your eyebrows to amp up your smokey eyeshadow look. With these tips and tricks, you will be on your way to mastering the smokey eyes in no time!