How to nail the smoky eye

Create a sultry, smoky stare in a few simple steps

marie claire Contributor / January 19 2017

A smoky eye is a classic makeup look that adds instant drama (particularly when paired with a LBD). Smudge your way to a sophisticated smoky haze in seconds with these pro tips.


Add definition

Apply a coat of mascara before eyeshadow and “then a second coat later on to remove any powder that has fallen onto the lashes,” explains Peter Philips, creative and image director of Christian Dior makeup.


Colour it in

Next, take a dark shade – be it black, bronze, plum or navy – and apply it along the upper and lower lash line.


Blend it out

Use a round brush or index finger to blend it all the way up to the crease of the eyelid.


Apply more colour

Then, take a lighter shade and blend in the edges.


Use some liner

To finish, makeup artist Elsa Morgan goes over the lash line with a kohl pencil before tapping a highlighting eyeshadow shade to the inner corner of the eye. The layered products set over time and look more rock’n’roll an hour after application.


Burberry Beauty Eye Colour in NickelSisley Phyto-Ombre Glow in Gold, Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow in White Sand

Main image credit: Getty

Lucy is a beauty, fashion and health journalist, brand consultant and speaker from Sydney, known for her work across a broad array of platforms. Her work has been published in marie claire Australia (for which she was Beauty Director for 9 years), marie claire France, UK, Netherlands, US and China, Women’s Health and The Australia Women’s Weekly. As a journalist, Lucy has interviewed celebrities including Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Margot Robbie, Aerin Lauder and Miranda Kerr.