4. Smoky Doesn’t Equal Black
When most people think of a classic smoky eye look, they think of dark gray and black. However, smoky eyes do not have to include black or dark gray eyeshadow at all and can be achieved with varying hues of any color. In fact, for beginners in the realm of smoky eye application, applying a successful black and gray smoky eye can be extremely difficult and end up looking too sharp and dark.
When you first start out attempting smoky eyes, try a different color family instead. Brown and blue are common colors for smoky eyes that are great for beginners to try. Just make sure you have three shades of the color: a light, almost-white shade, a medium shade, and a dark shade. By using a different color family than black, you can achieve a classic smoky eye look that has a bit of a unique twist and is easier to apply without looking too harsh or severe.
5. Pick Colors That Complement You
As stated above, smoky eye looks are not limited to a certain color family. You can experiment with different shades of any color you want to create beautiful smoky eyes. However, it is helpful to pick colors that complement your personal eye color in order to achieve the best-looking smoky eye possible. If you have green eyes, try blending different shades of purple to create a plum smoky eye. For blue-eyed beauties, gold and brown shades look best. If you have brown eyes, try different shades of blue or navy to bring out subtle colors in your eyes.
You should also make an effort to pick colors that complement your skin tone as well as your eye color in order to get the best results. If you have very fair skin, avoid using colors that are excessively dark in order to prevent your eyes from looking too harsh and dramatic. Also, try to stay away from colors that are too bright; a smoky eye look is dramatic enough without bringing neon pink or glitter into the mix.
6. Don’t Forget to Set
It is always important to set your eye makeup to increase its longevity and keep it looking freshly applied throughout the day. Eye makeup needs to be locked and sealed into your skin just like your foundation and other face makeup. However, because smoky eye looks include many different colors and are very dark and dramatic, they crease especially easily and it is very obvious when they begin to fade or settle. It can be extremely frustrating when you’ve successfully achieved a beautiful smoky eye and it starts to crease or melt just a few hours later.
In order to prevent this from happening, don’t forget to set your look with powder after you’ve finished applying the different shades of smoky eye and blending them together. Simply dust a translucent pressed setting powder over the entirety of your eyelid with a large rounded brush. The powder will dust on invisibly and keep your smoky eyes looking fresh for several additional hours. Make sure to dust the powder on lightly to prevent smudging or otherwise messing up the eyeshadow you’ve just applied.
If you don’t want to use a setting powder, you can also mist a setting spray directly onto your closed eyelids to lock in the eyeshadow and prevent it from creasing or fading too quickly.
There is no need to get frustrated when attempting to achieve smoky eyes. Applying smoky eye makeup should be fun and exciting, not disappointing and discouraging. By using the simple tips described above, you can easily and quickly create a smoky eye look that will make you feel confident, sophisticated, and sexy.