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How to Create an Evening Smoky Eye

Steps for Creating a Dramatic and Sultry Nighttime Smoky Eye

Want to wear truly smoldering and dramatic eye makeup for the evening?  Here are steps to create an amazing nighttime smoky eye.

What You’ll Need

  • Eye Shadow Primer
  • Smoky Eye Palette or Light Base Shade, Medium Shade, Dark Shade
  • Smoky Eye Palette or Light Base Shade, Medium Shade, Dark Shade

Optional Shades

  • Black Gel Shadow
  • Silver Eye Shadow
  • Dark Metallic Shadow (Gray or Taupe, for example)
  • Dark Metallic Shadow (Gray or Taupe, for example)

Brushes

  • Concealer Brush
  • Base Eye Shadow Brush
  • Blending Brush
  • Small Powder Brush (or any small brush with soft bristles to blur edges without taking away too much color)
  • Small Powder Brush (or any small brush with soft bristles to blur edges without taking away too much color)

Prime the Lids

Using a concealer or flat brush, start your smoky eye by applying a primer to the lid and lower lash line.  Blend in with your fingertips.   An eye shadow primer will help your shadow adhere to the lid, provide a smooth surface, help the shadow last longer and remain crease free.

Next take the lightest shade from your eye shadow palette (or the light shade out of your three shades) and using your eye shadow brush, apply the color to the lid from the inner corners of the eye and up to the brow arch and across the brow bone.

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Apply Shadow and Blend, Blend, Blend

Grab the blending brush and the darkest shade from your palette.  Starting at the outer corner of the lower lash line and draw a line up into a wing.  Then beginning at mid-point of the crease draw a line to the outer edge and then down, making a v shape (that connects to the wing you’ve made).  Work the color into the crease, applying less pressure as you move inward, so that color fades as you go toward the center of the crease.

Add a Little Metallic Shimmer

For even more drama, take your eye shadow brush and apply a silver shade on the inner half of the lid.  You can also follow this with a metallic gray in the center of the lid and on the lower lash line.  You might need to add a little more of the black shadow to the outer corners and lower lash line.

Finishing Touches

Smudge the outer corners and the lash line to soften and smooth out any sharp lines or edges.  Clean up the area around the eyes with your base color (if it is close to your skin color) or use a little bit of concealer.

Finish the look with a few coats of mascara, and, if you like add false eyelashes and you’re good-to-go.

The final look with the eyes open

The Final Look

The final look – a sultry smoky eye.  Keep the rest of the makeup simple,  with well-groomed brows, little or no blush and a soft lip color.

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