We know you love a rich, smoky eye, but that "come hither" gaze can be a little much for your cubemate to handle. Don't worry—we've got you covered! Two makeup pros share the simple steps it takes to get 1) a subtle, gentle smoky look during the day, and b) sexy smoked-out peepers for p.m. appeal.
The extreme smoky eye
"Smoky eyes are easy since they don't have to be precise!" assures Maybelline makeup artist Melissa Silver. "Start with Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in Audacious Asphalt as a base. Use the darker shade from Maybelline Eye Studio Color Pearls Marbleized Eyeshadow in Carbon Frost on the lower lash line, over the lid and crease, and the lighter hue under the brow. Blend borders by swirling a brush to mix shades, and apply to crease. Extend the shadow beyond your natural eye shape for big, dramatic eyes. For even more intensity, smudge Maybelline Line Express Eyeliner in Ebony Black on upper and lower lash lines. Finish with lots of Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Black Drama Mascara."
The gentle smoky eye:
"A good smoky eye is about the contrast between light and dark, so make sure you’re working with your whitest eyes. If my eyes are red or irritated I’ll start with a few drops of VISINE Maximum Redness Relief Formula for a fresh, clean base," says Celebrity Makeup Artist and Mally Beauty Founder, Mally Roncal. Using the Mally Beauty City Chick Smoky Eye Compact, "take the [nude] eyeshadow base and put it all over your lid (patting with your finger). Dip the fat end of the included brush into the lightest shade, and dab it all over your lid. Next, take the crease shade and put it right in the crease for eye definition and to make your eyes look deeper set. Take the liner shade and the liner brush and sweep it underneath the eye; that is where you get the smoky look from. This look embraces the darkness underneath the eye, leaving a beautiful, soft shimmer on the lid. Top it off with volumizing Mascara."
What's your favorite way to wear a smoky eye?