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A Beginner’s Guide to Mastering Smokey Eye Makeup

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A Beginner’s Guide to Mastering Smokey Eye Makeup

Our eternal love affair with the conspicuous smokey eye commenced in the roaring ’20s – a century later, and the liaison continues. Predictable, albeit uber-glamorous, smokey eye makeup can save you on dressed-down days, last-minute gal get-togethers, sundowner soirées, and pretty much any other occasion. But if you, like me, get overwhelmed with giving things a fair shot – TBH, it took me a good few years to ace a hella basic smokey eye – here’s your everything guide to master the celebrity-loved technique in a few simple steps.

Prep Your Peepers

It’s always a good idea to prep and prime before applying makeup. MORPHE’s Eyelid Primer is your best bet when going in for a smokey eye look. Slather on a thin layer of the long-wearing, waterproof formulation onto your eyelid to extend your makeup’s staying power. Little did you know that a primer also lends a smooth base and keeps caking and clumping at bay.

Ace Your Base

Take it from a beauty editor – this step is not worth skipping every time you do your eye makeup. Swipe a concealer along your lids to even out any discolouration and create a clear canvas for eyeshadow application. M.A.C Cosmetics’ long-wearing, transfer-proof, and waterproof Studio Fix Every-Wear All-Over Face Pen is a multi-purpose tool that’ll do the trick sans the mess of a liquid variant.

Play Up Your Eyes

To create your base, blend a matte, mid-tone neutral shade over your eyelid. Following this, swipe a dark-tone shadow on the outer corners of your eyes, blending the ashy hue along your crease and upper and lower lash line. If you desire more intensity and dimension, load up on the colour. Doucce’s Freematic Smokey Eyeshadow Pro Palette promises to see you through today and beyond.

A Stroke of Genius

Be sure to soften any harsh edges with the correct arsenal of eyeshadow brushes. Add the Huda Beauty Empowered Eyeshadow Brush Set to your cart and blend away – believe it or not, smokey eye makeup is all about blending, blending, and blending. The Huda Beauty eyeshadow set includes a blender brush, a shading brush, and a line smudger brush.

Swipe and Win

For added edginess, sketch a densely-pigmented, long-wearing black eyeliner pencil, such as the Bobbi Brown Waterproof Liner, along your upper and lower lash line, and then blend it with a line smudger brush to create a smokey effect. For more intensity, swipe the eyeliner in the crease and blend.

Finishing Touches

Last, but not least, accentuate your best feature with a few swipes of a volumising mascara – I’d recommend the Diorshow Waterproof Buildable Volume Lash-Extension Mascara by Dior, which boasts a buildable cream formula for show-stopping eyelashes. Alternatively, you could pull the look together with falsies.

If you’re looking to brighten up your eyes further, press loose glitter foil pigments or a shimmery shadow shade on the inner corners of your eyes with the help of a small brush. While a smokey-eye look may seem daunting at first glance, it’s fairly easy to achieve – especially now that we’ve broken it down for you; let’s be real, this is probably the simplest tutorial ever.

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