Nothing says party like an intense smoky eye! And while this dark, sultry look may seem intimidating to anyone who catches a glimpse of you, actually creating it yourslef can be just as daunting.
I’ll be the first to admit I used to be terrified to use eyeshadows–especially dark ones; I would give up and wipe it all away after the smallest mistake or if things didn’t look 100-percent perfect. But, the old cliché is true: the more you practice, the better you get at it.
Now that I am comfortable creating more complicated eye looks, I really wanted to do a smoky eye tutorial on HM–and the timing couldn’t be any more perfect. Nothing pairs better with all your sparkly dresses this time of year than a glam smoky eye!
The best part is, there is arguably no makeup look more universally flattering than a classic smoky eye, so I know all my readers will have fun recreating this look for the next date night, girls’ night out or holiday party.
PRODUCTS I USED:
- First Aid Beauty Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer
- Glossier Balm Dotcom in Coconut
- Bali Body BB Cream in Natural
- Tarte Shape Tape concealer in Light Neutral
- Glossier Wowder in Light/Medium
- Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Make-Up Setting Spray
- Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte in Mocha
- NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna
- NARS Blush in Orgasm
- Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
- NARS Highlighting Blush in Hot Sand
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original
- Buxom eyeshadow in Gimme Gorgeous
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Combust, Whiskey, Password and Thirteen (from the Naked Smoky palette)
- ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow in Let’s Do It
- L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara in Blackest Black, available at drugstores
- Glossier Boy Brow in Brown
- Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Nude
This is the first time I’ve started a tutorial on HM with the eyes. Typically, it is much easier for me to get the rest of the face done first. But, for such an intense eye look, starting with shadows is the best bet.
Also! You’ll notice I stuck with all matte shadows for this tutorial. This is inspired from a Pinterest shot my cousin (Hey, Sarah) sent me a couple months ago! I loved how sophisticated the all-matte eye look was in the shot, so I decided to put my own spin on it. After all, the smokiness is intense on its own, I think sparkles would take away from the glamour in this case. (And, I’ve been doing a ton of sparkly eye looks anyway, so this was really a nice change of pace.)
Step 1: Prep the skin by applying Pore Refiner Primer evenly to the t-zone, working towards the outer perimeter of the face. Apply Balm Dotcom to the lips.
Step 2: Using the same technique used to apply Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, apply a light layer of BB Cream. If necessary, apply an additional layer where more coverage is needed.
Step 3: Conceal the under eyes, blemishes and redness with Shape Tape. Blend with the fingers.
Step 4: Set the entire face with Wowder, focusing on the t-zone and under-eye areas. Finish with a generous amount of setting spray and allow to dry.
Step 5: Apply a little Primer Potion to the eye area.
Step 6: Set the primer with Combust on a fluffy blending brush.
Step 7: With the same fluffy blending brush, apply Gimme Gorgeous to the crease. Continue to buff the eyeshadow upward and outward for a blown out, cat-eye effect.
Step 8: Apply Whiskey into the crease, continuing into the outer “V” of the eye with a crease brush. Make sure to blend evenly.
Step 9: Using a clean crease brush, add Password to the inner portion of the crease (near the inner corner of the eye). Blend with the fluffy blending brush for a seamless transition of colors.
Step 10: Cover the lid in Let’s Do It. Use either of the crease brushes from steps 8 or 9, or a standard shadow brush for this.
Step 11: Lightly dust Gimme Gorgeous onto the lower lash line with the fluffy blending brush.
Step 12: With a pencil brush, lightly smudge Whiskey onto the lower lash line, connecting it to that “V” shape created in step 8. Maintain control over the brush to keep Whiskey closer to the lash line than Gimme Gorgeous. Smudge towards the inner corner of the eye, then buff with the fluffy blending brush.
Step 13: Use the same pencil brush, smudge Password onto the outer corner of the lower lash line. Buff with the fluffy blending brush.
Step 14: Highlight the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye with Thirteen using a small dome brush.
Step 15: Carve out the cheekbones with Mocha by applying it directly to the skin. Begin application from the upper corner of the ear, working downwards diagonally. Tap with the fingers to blend.
Step 16: Continue to apply Mocha to the temples and under the center of the lip for a subtle plumping effect. Again, tap with fingers to blend.
Step 17: Apply Laguna to the hollows of the cheeks, the temples and the hairline in a circular buffing motion using a contour brush.
Step 18: To brighten up the face, add a little Orgasm to the apples of the cheeks using the same circular buffing motion.
Step 19: In a “C” shape along the orbital eye bone to the cheekbone, apply Watt’s Up! to the skin with the fingers, then tap along the edges with the fingers to blend. Add Watt’s Up to the cupid’s bow and tip of the nose using the pinky finger.
Step 20: With a fan brush lightly dust Hot Sand on top of Watt’s Up!
Step 21: Beginning in the center of each brow and working towards the inner and outer corners, apply Boy Brow in an upward motion. Add a second coat for a more dramatic look.
Step 22: Finish with more setting spray.
Step 23: After combing and curling the lashes, apply two coats of mascara to both the top and bottom lashes.
Step 24: Apply 1-2 coats of Melted Nude to the lips. Be sure to angle to the applicator so that you line your lips neatly with the product