How do you do a perfect smoky eye?

How do you do a perfect smoky eye?

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I'm not very good with eyeshadow, and I really just want to know a little bit more.
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There are many different versions of a "Smoky Eye" and all are beautiful. When I'm applying a true Smoky Eye Makeup here are some steps that I use when I'm working on models and myself.
For a Traditional "Smoky Eye" make sure you have at LEAST these 3 items... Black eyeliner, A MATTE (no Shimmer) Dark Eyeshadow, One shimmer Shadow in a similar color maybe slightly lighter then your matte eyeshadow.
I have attached a few different "Smoky Eye" Makeup looks as examples of how you can get similar looks.

1) Take the Black-or- dark color eyeliner and start applying eyeliner at the lash line (doesn't have to be a straight line so don't worry if it's not a perfect shape.

2) Now you can either use a clean eyeshadow brush or... your CLEAN finger. =)
Your going to blend out the eyeliner up and inwards on your eyelid.

*** For this look-try not to bring the makeup past your crease. ***

3)Use your Matte eyeshadow and press the shadow on top of the blended eyeliner (from step 1). You want to keep this eyeshadow slightly BELOW your crease.

4)Take your Shimmer shadow with a soft bristle brush or... a different CLEAN finger. =)
Swipe it right above where you stopped the matte shadow- without going above the crease.

5) Lastly, check to see if your makeup looks blended. If you want to blend it out, try using a clean makeup brush to brush the crease of your lid. If you want to add one other color to highlight your brow- try a light matter or shimmer shadow.

Good luck!

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My good friend and amazing MUA KC Witkamp's work
The AMAZING Donna Mee owner of Empire MUA
Donna Mee-MUA,
Another Empire shoot- not sure of MUA ATM
There are many different versions of a "Smoky Eye" and all are beautiful. When I'm applying a true Smoky Eye Makeup here are some steps that I use when I'm working on models and myself.
For a Traditional "Smoky Eye" make sure you have at LEAST these 3 items... Black eyeliner, A MATTE (no Shimmer) Dark Eyeshadow, One shimmer Shadow in a similar color maybe slightly lighter then your matte eyeshadow.
I have attached a few different "Smoky Eye" Makeup looks as examples of how you can get similar looks.

1) Take the Black-or- dark color eyeliner and start applying eyeliner at the lash line (doesn't have to be a straight line so don't worry if it's not a perfect shape.

2) Now you can either use a clean eyeshadow brush or... your CLEAN finger. =)
Your going to blend out the eyeliner up and inwards on your eyelid.

*** For this look-try not to bring the makeup past your crease. ***

3)Use your Matte eyeshadow and press the shadow on top of the blended eyeliner (from step 1). You want to keep this eyeshadow slightly BELOW your crease.

4)Take your Shimmer shadow with a soft bristle brush or... a different CLEAN finger. =)
Swipe it right above where you stopped the matte shadow- without going above the crease.

5) Lastly, check to see if your makeup looks blended. If you want to blend it out, try using a clean makeup brush to brush the crease of your lid. If you want to add one other color to highlight your brow- try a light matter or shimmer shadow.

Good luck!


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My good friend and amazing MUA KC Witkamp's work
The AMAZING Donna Mee owner of Empire MUA
Donna Mee-MUA,
Another Empire shoot- not sure of MUA ATM
Generally, people use four shades to make a smoky eye. You start by applying the second lightest shade on your lid, then apply the second darkest color in the crease of your eye. Be sure to blend the colors together. Use the lightest shade right under your brown to accentuate the brow bone and lighten your eye. Finally, apply the darkest color in the outer corner of your eye blending with the color on your crease.
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It's really all in two things: the blending and practicing it over and over again. Invest in a decent eye shadow brush (synthetic ones are good because they're sturdy and easier to clean). I'd check out youtube as there are some wonderful tutorials to teach you visually.
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Just apply abit of black to your eyelid..right above that is your crease-apply some gray there. Then, so you don't look overly dark, apply white shadow to your brow bown..then do some black smudged liner and top it off with black mascara..that's how I do it :) If you don't know where the parts of the eyelid are, here's a diagram to help :)

http://www.temptalia.com/tutorial-eye-diagram-eye-parts
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Well for starters, just start with a dark eyeliner. It can be purple, black, gray, blue, etc. Then smudge with your eye shadow brush upward. You can add eye shadow to the outer corners of your eye, but avoid the inner corners.
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