We show you how to master this classic party look
Just like red lipstick or the perfect pair of heels, a smokey eye is sultry and sexy. Every woman should know how to achieve this smouldering look, but unfortunately many women shy away from it because they don’t want to end up looking like a racoon!
But how to do smokey eyes is a look that everyone should master, as it’s universally flattering. Whatever your age, face or eye shape, a smokey eye really lifts your features and suits everyone. It’s no wonder that celebs and A-listers love it. Another joy of the smokey eye look? Even if you apply it in the morning and it gets a little smudged by the time evening rolls around, it actually ends up looking better!
Once you’ve mastered the basics, achieving that sultry smokey eye is actually surprisingly quick and simple. Many women fear that a smokey eye will look too intense, but done properly you can control exactly how smokey you want your look to be. You can even experiment with brown, green and charcoal shades for a modern twist. So, here are the tips and products you need for how to do smokey eyes like a professional.
The first step to achieving the perfect smokey eye is to prep your eyelids. It’s important to always apply a lid primer or concealer before you start to cancel out any imperfections, otherwise your eye make-up will only exaggerate their appearance. A quick way to do this is to gently dab Clinique Airbrush Concealer, £19 to the inner corners of your eyes and below the lash-line. This will brighten any dark circles and lay an even foundation for your eye shadow.
Now you’re ready to apply your smokey eye. Keep reading for more beauty tips and products for how to do smokey eyes to perfection…
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Smudge pencil along the lash line and under the bottom lashes midway, then blend right into the lashes with a brush so it looks like a pro's smudge. Clinique Quickliner For Eyes Intense, £15, makes it easy.
Start practising with a liquid eye liner as it's going to be big for spring. w&h adores Benefit Magic Ink, £15.50, for making lashes look thicker even when they're not. Paint right up to the lashes and paint out any visible areas of skin.
Press Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyeshadow in Black Charcoal, Black Cocoa or Brown Stone, £17.50, over the eyelid and blend up and out just beyond the socket, no more. Keep colour contained to this area: less is much, much more with age.
Once you've run a mascara wand over the length of your lashes, use the end upright to grab those ones at the very outer edge and right in the corner by your nose. For extra volume, try the new Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Black, £22.