Makeup Coach | How to do Smokey Eyes

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The smokey look is done with shades of grey or charcoal or in blues or berries/purple and violet shades. You can keep your black eye liner and black mascara. For the evening you can darken with deeper blues, black (but not if you have a light skin tone) and grays, coupled with false eyelashes for added drama.

PREP FOR YOUR SMOKEY EYE with long-wear eye base or light shadow applied from the lashline to the browbone. In addition to neutralizing any redness or discoloration in your eyelids, this application will help your eye makeup last longer.

Now to get the look follow these steps:

Step 1. Line top and bottom lashes with cranberry, green or black depending on your eye color.

Step 2. Smudge and blend the line so the color smoothly transitions from the lashes.

Step 3. Layer an eye shadow of a contrasting or coordinating shade on top of the liner, blending up and out at the outer corner of the eye. (This part is tricky and if not done right will result in that dirty smudged look you hate). I suggest you look for a liner brush or a Q-tip to help you.

Step 4. Add a second layer of eye shadow in a lighter shade at the crease of the eye and blend up toward the eyebrow. Trend upward with the color and at an angle at the outer corner of your eye, like "Cat eyes" without as much drama.

Step 5. Add your Mascara for the final touch.

Great color eyeshadow trios that will help with instant smoky eyes is Bren Eyeshadow Trios

Eye Shadow

A lot of eye pencils have the ends with the sponges that are used for smudging the liner this causes the eyes to look smoked and mysterious.

Cat Eyes
How do I apply my eye shadow to look like cat eyes?

The very first step is to create a good base for the cat eye. Make sure to thoroughly cleanse, tone and moisturize. If you have redness around the eyes, dark circles or puffiness, use an eye serum or an eye cream.

Here's a trick of the trade for cat eyes: find an index card and place it at a 45 degree angle to your eye (and right up to your eye, touching your skin). Take a light shade of eye shadow and place it along the uppermost and lowermost portion of your eyes. (Keep the card in place because this is your angle for the cat eyes). Next take a darker shade and place that into the crease of your eye and blend with the lower lighter color and only slightly blend with the upper lighter shade. Add a dark eyeliner along the entire length of your upper eyelash and black mascara for your lashes. This will make your eyes "pop". Now remove the index card and you will have cat eyes! Smokey tones with purples work great for cat eyes. Try Onyx Eye Shadow by Colosé Cosmetics for the cat eye look.