How to Get This Colorful Smoky Eyeliner Look in Just 4 Steps

March 18, 2021
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
colorful smoky eye makeup

When we think of smoky eye makeup, black and gray eyeshadows and liners come to mind. But what if we told you that it was possible to get the same moody eye makeup look with more color and vibrancy? That’s exactly what NYC-based makeup artist Jonet WIlliamson did here with this bright purple and pink smoked eyeliner look. Ahead, she breaks down how to recreate it in four simple steps. 


  • STEP 1:

    Apply Black Eyeliner

    After priming and prepping the lid with the Urban Decay Primer Potion, Williamson applied a wing with the Maybelline New York Tattoo Studio Smokey Gel Pencil Eyeliner in Smokey Black. This liner defines the eye and serves as a smoky base for any eyeshadow applied on top. She also used the liner in the waterline, allowing it to spill onto the lower lash line for extra definition.

  • STEP 2:

    Go Over It With Color

    Once your smoky base is complete, apply a colorful shadow of your choice on top of the wing you just created with a small pointed eyeshadow brush. Here, Williamson used the shade Gravity, a vibrant purple, from the Urban Decay Wired Palette.

  • STEP 3:

    Add Eyeshadow to Your Lid

    Next, pack a brightly colored eyeshadow on the lid. We love the hot pink Savage from the Wired Palette that Williamson used here. Apply it with a fluffy round brush to help smoke out the color.

  • STEP 4: 

    Finish With Glitter and Lashes

    Using the pointed brush again, slide Gravity along your lower lash line. Then, pick up Savage with the same brush and apply it underneath the purple you just placed. Finish the look by adding glitter on the lid and crease area and putting on a pair of falsies.

Photos: Jonet Williamson

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