Prom season is upon us, and there’s no better time for evening makeup inspiration. If the always-popular smoky eye were to have a season, this would be it. The eyes are taking center stage everywhere from red carpets to runways. And they’re sure to make an appearance at a Prom near you. Whether you can’t wait for Prom or can’t remember when you last attended Prom, you’re sure to get inspired by these 3 smoky looks…

The Classic Smoky Eye

You’re bound to see a few smoky eyes go down the runways every season. At Gucci for Spring/Summer 2013, it was all about a strong eye. The rest of the makeup was kept natural and understated, allowing the eyes to deliver all the allure. This classic smoky eye is look you can wear well beyond your Prom Queen days. Get the Look: For a glamorous and timeless evening look, build your smoky eye with combination of neutral matte shadows. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Quad in Effeto Nudo or Terra Sienna will have all the colors you need right in one place. Line your eyes with a smudgable pencil. Try Yves Saint Laurent Dessin Du Regard Crayon Yeux Haute Tenue, which has a blending tip on one end. Finish the look with a few coats of volumizing mascara. We love Lancôme Hypnôse Star and Amazing Cosmetics Mascara.

The Colorful Smoky Eye

Update the classic smoky eye with a pop of color. A colorful smoky eye in a shade that complements your eye color is a beautiful look for Prom or any other spring soirée. A lilac, emerald or navy shadow will add interest to your evening look. Keep the look sophisticated (and not silly) with a monochromatic color scheme. Get the Look: Choose a color you love and select a shadow that will last all night long. Urban Decay Eyeshadow and Too Faced Exotic Color Intense Shadow are both great picks for blendable color that won’t budge. Line your eyes with a soft pencil, like Lancôme le Stylo eyeliner, and give your lashes a dose of definition with Maybelline Define-A-Lash Lengthening Mascara.

The Metallic Smoky Eye

If your Prom dress or evening attire demands pure drama, then the metallic smoky eye is for you. Metallic shadows are surprisingly wearable when the metallic shade remains the accent color. Just be careful your shadow doesn’t venture into glitter territory – glitter and smoky shadow is too much. Get the Look: Define the eyes with a rich black pencil, lining both the inner and outer rims. Try Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Oil Slick or Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Triggerfish. Smoke out the eye using a shimmery eyeshadow palette like Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects (we’re big fans of Glamour Era). And add a touch of metallic on the lid with L’Oréal Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Liquid Diamond. Which smoky eye look will you try? Let us know in the comments below! Photos: Backstage Beauty, Allure


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