During wintertimes, a dark eye make-up combined with a decent pink or nude lipstick is one of my go-to-looks for going out. The deep shades of a classic smokey eye make a woman immediately look mysterious, strong and attractive, which is why I love this combination so much. Many of you have reached out to me and asked if I could make a tutorial about how to create a classic smokey eye, and today I finally got the time to take some pictures and write a step-by-step instruction. Please note that there are many variations out there, but since I am such a big fan of Guerlain´s 6 Coleurs eye shadow palette, I focused on using the given colors.
I will try and show you another, more versatile version of the smokey eye and a complete guide on how to apply eyeliner within the next few weeks, but for now, let´s start with the tutorial for a dark smokey eye.
Even though I usually always start with foundation, powder and blush, I recommed you skip this step and apply the eye-make-up first. I always get a little bit of eyeshadow dust on my cheeks while smudging the lines and creating shadows, so in this specific case, I do the usual routine for my teint after the eyeshadow is set and finished (full post about here).
The products I used for this tutorial:
Guerlain Eye Shadow Palette “Ombre Eclat 6 Couleurs” No. 02, Bobbi Brown Angle Eye Shadow Brush, Bobbi Brown Eye Smudge, Lancôme Artliner eyeliner, eyebrow pencil from Laura Mercier, Givenchy Rouge Interdit No. 02
2. Dust a light neutral shadow along your brow bone and in the inner corner of your eyes – this will help to “open up” the eyes and make them look bigger, especially if your eyes are a little bit too close together.
3. Apply a medium dark shadow from top lashes to crease and blend the shadow from the lid to the crease, using upward and outward motions (Bobbi Brown´s “Angle Eye Shadow” brush is just perfect for this). For this step, I used the semi-dark matte grey in said palette.
4. Apply a line of a deep dark shadow a little higher than your crease and in the outer corner of you eyes (I used the “Angle Eye Shadow” brush again). Now start blending the eyeshadow in by brushing upwards and downwards until you have shadowed wing that is angled up towards your eyebrow (I recommed using this “Eye Smudge” brush).
5. Use a medium brown shadow on your lid, but spare the inner corners. As it is a bit difficult sometimes to find the perfect shading, I recommed starting with one layer and adding on until you have reached the desired opacity. Please note to not go too dark with the shadow as this will cover the darker “wing” you created in the previous step.
6. Don´t forget to add a thin line of dark shadow underneath your lower lash line (it is best to apply the foundation, concealer and powder before doing this). Blend the eyeshadow in just as in step 4. Again, if your eyes are too close together, do not go all the way to the inner eye corner and focus on the outer eye.
7. Line your eyes with a black liner. You can use whatever kind you like, but in my opinion gel is the easiest to apply over eyeshadow as the pigment is really pronounced. Apply in small feathered strokes to create a straight line that follows your lash line. At the outer corner, flick your liner upwards at a 45 degree angle to create a 5mm wing.
8. Apply Mascara on both lids, et voilà, you´re all set!
As this is a very intense and dark look, I recommend a nude lipstick or gloss and some pinkish or tan colored blush on your cheeks.