The lowdown on mastering a smoky eye

The Lowdown On Mastering A Smoky Eye

The trick? Blend, blend, and blend some more

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / February 25 2020

Chances are, if you own a multi-colour eyeshadow palette, you’ve attempted a smoky eye. It’s by no means an easy look to master, which is why we’ve pulled together this makeup guide to walk you through exactly how to apply a smoky eye.

The toolkit

When it comes to creating a smoky eye look, you can’t go past a palette that’s equipped with *lots* of shades that you can play with. In this tutorial, we used MAC Art Library: Nude Model (with 12 different neutral shades, you really can’t go wrong), but we also recommend trying Maybelline New York City Mini Eyeshadow Palette in Matte About Town.


Apply a base colour


The difference between wearing one eyeshadow colour on your eyelids and wearing a smoky eye is layering different tones that work well with each other. So, it’s important not to skip this step: First, use a small fluffy brush to pick up a light beige eyeshadow colour, then sweep it across your eyelid. You should stop at just above the top of your eyeball.


Add another shade

Next, work a medium brown shade across your lids, focusing on your outer corners. Don’t forget to blend in circular motions to eliminate harsh lines.


Define your eyes with a dark tone


Using a black or dark brown eyeshadow, apply the colour across your upper lash line, and blend it into your outer corners over the medium brown eyeshadow.


Blend it out

This is a super important step when it comes to successfully pulling off a smoky eye. With a large fluffy brush, blend the colours together in small circular motions to eliminate any harsh lines.

The final look


And there you have it - a dark smoky eye in just four steps!

If a luminous complexion is more your vibe, follow these instructions to achieve a glowy makeup look (without looking OTT).

What's your favourite palette to use for a smoky eye, and why? Tell us in the comments below.  

Image credits: Sevak Babakhani 
Hair & makeup credit: Lei Tai

Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.