Gathering The Right Materials
After you’ve chosen your eyeliner and eye-shadow colors according to the color of your eyes, you will need to look for something to use to prepare your eyelids. Beauty professionals recommend priming the eyelids using an eye-shadow primer or a concealer foundation. Doing so ensures that your eyeshadow appears more vibrant and rich. Additionally, this helps prevent smudging.
You will also need some excellent brushes. Although brushes are not that important in a smokey eye step by step, having the best brushes set can help add some crucial detailing on your look. Your look will appear more professional, polished and natural. Here are some amazing brushes to pick:
- Blending brush
- Eyeshadow brush
- Smudge brush
- Angled Definer Brush
- Fan brush
- Small concealer brush
- Crease brush
- Begin by applying a foundation, eye primer or concealer to your eyelids. Consider doing this using a concealer brush, a blending sponge or your finger.
- Go ahead and apply some eyeliner on the upper waterline to make your eyelashes appear fuller. Additionally, this will ensure that your eyes appear larger. Before starting, warm up your eyeliner by drawing on your hand’s back. For a successful smokey eye step by step application, consider raising your chin and expose your waterline by lifting your eyelid’s outer corner upwards. Using your dominant hand, consider holding your eyeliner vertically and run the tip gently back and forth several times.
- Now, apply eyeshadow to the eyelid using an eyeshadow brush. Make sure that you lightly blow on the brush once you’ve dipped it inside the shadow to allow for an even application. Doing so will help prevent additional eyeshadow from landing on your cheeks. Consider using your ring finger in case you can’t find your eyeshadow brush.
- Consider applying your eye crease with the darkest eyeshadow shade especially if you are using several shades. This should be done using a cease brush. Once done, consider blending your eyeshadow upwards using your ring finger, a blending brush or a cease brush. Blending upwards helps eliminate any hard lines. If you find blending difficult, consider trying a transition shade on your brush to allow for easier blending out.
- Make sure you properly apply eyeliner on the upper lash line. This can easily be done using gel/liquid eyeliner or pencil eyeliner. Begin at your lash line’s middle and in gentle and short strokes, outwardly pull the eyeliner, back towards the middle and then towards the inner corner of your eye. Afterward, smudge the eyeliner using a smudge brush, your finger or Q-tip.
- Consider using your blending brush to blend everything together. Begin from your eye’s outer corner moving towards the inner corner. Then in a back and forth motion, remove all lines that have been created by the eyeshadow. You can soften the line by running your blending brush over your eyeshadow’s top edge.
- Consider applying two mascara coats to your eyelashes to achieve a more subtle appearance. Consider choosing soft black or dark brown or grey mascara. For a more dramatic appearance, very dark mascara can be used. Similarly, you might want to apply some false lashes for a more dramatic appearance.
- Make sure the area around the eyes is properly cleaned to eliminate flakes of mascara or eyeshadow that might have landed on your cheeks. Using gentle strokes, gently brush them away using a clean brush.
Before getting started with your smokey eye, you will need to choose a complementary makeup. Some examples might include lipstick, blush and a tinted moisturizer. If you want to achieve a dramatic smokey eye, a neutral shade lipstick could be the best idea. Conversely, if you are planning to shade your eyebrows, going darker than usual will help you balance your face. To complement your smokey eyes, consider using foundation and concealer to make a clear complexion. Additionally, use a highlighting powder or cream to highlight your face.