Smokey eyes can be chic and sexy, but applying the makeup properly is a must if you want to achieve the best look. Follow the simple smokey eye steps below to create the perfect smokey eyes.
Creating smokey eyes: what do you need?
Many celebrities walk the red carpet with beautiful smokey eyes, but how do you apply the eye make-up perfectly without the help of a makeup artist? Fortunately, the experts at Herome know what to do!
To create the smokey eyes look, you will need the following makeup products:
- Eyeliner or eye pencil
- Smokey eye colours: 3 shades of eyeshadow of the same colour. Think of black, grey or brown
- Brushes to blend the colours
- Mascara to really complete the look
With these makeup products you are all set to go!
Smokey eyes step-by-step
Step 1. The right smokey eyes makeup colour
Perfect smokey eyes are created with a blend of colours. To achieve the perfect look it’s important to work from light to dark. This is why you should have three shades of the same matching eyeshadow colour. This creates a gradient in which the following rule applies: the closer to the eye, the darker the colour and/or the more covering the eyeshadow is.
Ideal Smokey eye colours are for example: light gray, dark gray, black or light brown and dark brown. You can also choose the same colour, but with different coverages. Black or grey tones are seen the most. You can also choose to work with dark brown, this creates a less ‘heavy’ look. Of course it’s also possible to apply the technique below with a completely different colour! How about a gradient in green and blue or red and pink?!
Step 2. The first smokey eye colour
The result you want to achieve is a subtle transition of colours. For that reason, start with the base, using the lightest shade of the eyeshadow. Take your brush and gently apply a thin layer under your eyebrow. Apply this to the entire eyelid in the width of your eyebrow.
Step 3. Apply a middle colour on your eyelid crease
Continue where you left off with the previous tint, and apply the middle tint of the eye shadow to the middle of your eyelid. The line of your eyelid crease is the perfect place to start.
Step 4. Last shade and fade away!
Moving on to the last step with applying the darkest tint of the eye shadow, to the part just above your lashes. The closer to the eyelashes, the darker the colour must be. Now that all the colour tints have been applied to the eyelid, you can touch up everything with a brush and blend the colours. Mix the colours lightly and always work from dark to light.
Step 5. A line on your eyelid
Draw a line on your eyelid, just above your lash line, with a thickening towards the outer corners of your eyes. You can also use an eye pencil instead of an eyeliner. For a smokey eye, a dark colour is most suitable such as black, grey or dark brown.
Step 6. Finishing Touch: Mascara
The finishing touch: your lashes. Since you’ve put on a lot of eyeshadow, your lashes need a little extra help to stand out. With the right mascara and possibly an eyelash curler you can give your eyelashes that extra boost. Herôme’s Caring Brilliant Mascara might be something for you? This mascara gives volume and cares for your lashes at the same time.
Note: for the perfect smokey eye look you can put on quite a bit of mascara, so don’t be shy.
Now you’re ready to shine!
Tips and advice
To complete this look, it’s important not to forget your eyebrows. Read how you can make your eyebrows fuller with the right products from Herome here! Don’t forget to check out our Youtube Channel, Instagram and Facebook for more tips and advice on eye makeup and hand, nail and foot care!