Written for House 21.
Everyone loves a smokey eye, yet most people struggle with how to achieve this.
I recently qualified as a makeup artist and one of the main looks I get asked for is the classic smokey eye. Whether that’s using Bronze/Nude palette or an iconic grey slate palette you can actually achieve a smokey eye with most colours.
Here are just some of my tips to achieve this look for yourself.
Some things to remember before you even start
Make sure you start with at least 3 clean brushes.
Blend Blend Blend, always keep a clean fluffy brush to blend any harsh edges.
Keep it simple, use up to three different shades and always start with the darkest first, closest to your lash line.
If you’re doing a smokey eye, always do your eyes before your face makeup, meaning if there is any fallout from the shadows you can simply wipe away without ruining the rest of your makeup.
Let’s get started
Prime your eyelids to ensure when you do apply your pigment, it stays exactly where it needs to be and it has something to grip onto.
Sweep a base colour across your lids to get you started, I usually use a neutral colour as my base.
Once you’ve chosen your two/three colours use your smallest brush to apply your darkest shade onto the lid, keeping close to that lashline and not going above the socket. Apply as much colour as you need, don’t worry too much if you have some fallout onto your face you can just wipe the excess away.
Reach for a clean bigger brush, choose your next colour (this should be lighter) then blend this colour slightly onto your darker shade and slightly above, using circular motions blending higher above the socket.
Use your clean blending brush to buff around the edges so there should be no harsh lines.
Repeat both above steps if you want to go even darker.
Add some black eyeliner to your lash line and use a small tapered brush to smudge this further before you apply your mascara and/or lashes.
Tip: To make this look even smokier, use your small brush and apply some black eyeshadow over your liner onto your lash line.
Next, conceal under your eyes and use the same two/three shades under the lash line, as well as applying a dark eyeliner into your waterline.
To make it that little bit extra, I love to add a little shimmer to my lids just to give it that pop.
Keep the rest of your make up glowy and bronzed and choose either a nude or a red lipstick to complete your look.
Looking for some products?
My favourite brushes that don’t break the bank.
My go to eyeshadow palettes
My favourite black eyeliner
Remember whichever makeup look you go for, rock it with confidence! Makeup should be fun and there are no rules! And you don’t need to stick to dark, you can achieve this look with any colours.
Good luck xx