5 Smoky Eye Looks We Love and the Products You Need to Achieve ThemFebruary 17, 2023
Many of us have a go-to makeup look that makes us feel like our most confident and beautiful selves, whether that be a signature lipstick shade, fluttery false eyelashes or immaculately groomed brows. For me, it’s a smoky eye. Whether I’m getting ready for a party or a night out with friends, I know a smoky eye is a reliable way to power up my self-esteem and make me feel ready to take on whatever the night has in store for me. Plus, with the revival of indie sleaze and grunge beauty looks, the smoky eye is becoming increasingly on-trend. Below, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite takes on the smoky eye, from the dark and hazy to the colorful and dramatic.
Simple Smoky Eye
A smoky eye like this is perfect for beginners — it requires no more than two shades of eyeshadow, and the messier it is, the cooler it looks. To start, prime your lids and set them with powder. Next, pick up a matte gray or black eyeshadow and pack it on to your lid using a flat eyeshadow brush. Blend the eyeshadow into your crease using a clean blending brush, or a small amount of the lid shade mixed with a light, neutral brown. Keep blending until the color is sufficiently smoky. Don't be afraid of eyeshadow fallout — you can clean it up with a fluffy brush and translucent powder. For even more drama, try tightlining your eyes with a waterproof eyeliner, like the Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil.