I’ve seen the smokey eye a million times before – mostly on red carpets or on people whose lifestyles are nothing like mine. They’ve all got the best makeup artists, and since I’m SO far away from that life, I avoided all attempts trying the smokey eye on myself. It always felt like using such dark shadow left very little room for error, and I usually don’t have time to start over when I’m doing my date night makeup.
I’ve always loved that come-hither look, that dramatic interpretation of makeup, and the way it instantly transforms anyone into a sexy siren, and I thought it was about time that I seriously tried to apply a smoky eye to myself. Surprisingly, with the right video tutorials (thanks, YouTube!), it wasn’t hard to master the look.
You don’t have to be a makeup pro to rock this look, thanks to my favourite smokey eye tutorials that take you through the process, step by step, in surprisingly easy fashion.
1. The Everyday Smokey Eye
The traditional smokey eye – one that’s quite dark and dramatic – can be tough to pull off if it’s your first time. Keep it simple with this look that uses some surprisingly light hues to pull off a dark, yet completely everyday-appropriate look.
2. The Brown Smokey Eye
If you’ve mastered the natural smokey eye, you’re definitely ready for the next step – one that is dominated by brown. This look is relatively quick and easy to achieve, and it gives your eyes a smoldering look that’s not too overwhelming for a casual night out.
3. The Single-Brush Smokey Eye
Starting with the lightest shade and moving up to the darkest, this tutorial shows that it’s entirely possible to achieve a killer smokey eye using just one brush. Yes, it’s possible – and it looks fabulous.
4. The Classic Smokey Eye
Of course, we’re all about dark, dramatic eyes, too – and this look delivers a classic smokey eye fairly easily. With a base, eyeliner, and shadows, you can achieve this high impact look, too.
5. The Blue Smokey Eye
If you’re stuck in a smokey eye rut after spending years committed to the same ol’, same ol’, it’s time to shake things up with this fabulous blue variation. The star of this show is a vibrant oceanic hue that will instantly play up your peepers.
6. The Subtle Smokey Eye
Who knew a smokey eye could be daytime appropriate? This look is not only suitable for happy hour after work but also for actual work. Yep – you can rock this at the office, because it utilises soft shades that play up your eyes without dramatising your entire face.
7. The Intense Smokey Eye
Amazing what a little masking tape can do to help you achieve a crazy-intense smokey eye. This look has it all: thick black liner, winged sides, and plenty of mascara. It’s the natural next step after you’ve mastered the easier styles – and you’ll find it comes a lot simpler than you originally thought.
This article was written by Tanya Sharma and originally published HERE on mumstastic.com.au