You’ve seen the Instagram posts and the Youtube tutorials. You’ve tried to mimic the steps to an intricate smokey eye look, only to end up messy and disappointed. And how do you know if you even chose the right colors? The beauty gurus make it look effortless, when really… THIS IS HARD!
Well, you’re in luck: today you’ll learn how to get a polished, professional smokey eye in only THREE simple steps.
If you’re new to the eyeshadow game and you’re struggling to pick shades that work well together, an easy trick is to pick shades that share the same undertone. Depending on the undertone, a color will fall into one of three categories: warm, cool, or neutral. Warm colors will have undertones of yellow, orange, or peach. Cool colors will have undertones of blue, purple, or pink. Neutral colors will have no discernible undertone, instead it may invoke more of a gray, black, or white tone.
A quick Root Pretty Tip: neutral tones look great on everyone. If you’re ever stumped between shades, go neutral. You can’t go wrong!
You’ve probably seen dramatic smokey eye makeup on the runway or in a magazine and thought, I could never pull that off. But, smoky eyes are not only for date night! In fact, with the right colors, a smokey look is perfect for every day. So, now that we’ve got your shade figured out, let’s dive into these three simple steps.
Step 1: With our #14 Fluffy Flat Eyeshadow Brush, apply your base shade (in this case, Tiramisu) all over the lid, stopping at the crease.
Step 2: Aligning the angle of the #18 Angled Eyeshadow Brush with the outer corner of your eye, blend your “main attraction” shade (Pursuit) into the crease, coming to an end near the outer corner. Enhance the outer corner with a bit heavier application. Blend the edges with the #14 Fluffy Flat Eyeshadow Brush. Don’t forget the bottom lash line! The key to a gorgeous smokey eye is blending the bottom lash line into the outer corner. I used the #18 Angled Eyeshadow Brush.
Step 3: Make it pop! Apply the highlight shade (Rose Glow Illuminator) underneath the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eye with the #18 Angled Eyeshadow Brush. I like to drag my highlight slightly into my base color on the lid to give my eyes some extra shine. Apply your highlight wet for a stronger pigment and shine. Don’t be afraid of a little glow - apply to your cheekbones, or even bridge of your nose! Not sure where to highlight? We’ve got all your highlighting questions answered here.
Don’t forget to apply 100% Lash Mascara! (I used Black.)
There are no limits to makeup, and you don’t have to be an expert to achieve an amazing look. Try this smokey eye tutorial for yourself, either with the colors above or with colors of your choice.
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Co-Authored by Haylee Westendorf & Bailey Baack