How to Create the Perfect Smudged Black Eyeliner Look

January 12, 2021
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
How To Create the Perfect Smudged Black Eyeliner Look

Crooked winged liner or an uneven cat eye? These are clearly makeup mistakes. Smudgy eyeliner? When done right, it’s a total makeup win. The lived-in look is sexy and edgy, but there’s a fine line between nailing the smoky vibe and looking like you have raccoon eyes. For tips on how to create the perfect smoky, smudgy eye, we reached out to Marwah Khamas and Olivia Thompson, Lancôme Beauty Advisors. Read on for their do’s and don'ts.

Start Off By Creating a Traditional Winged Look

“Start off with winged liner and then smudge it with black eyeshadow using a small blending brush.” explains Khamas. “Clean it up with a makeup wipe if you make any mistakes.”

Choose a Product That (Nearly) Does the Work For You

I recommend using Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Gel Eye Pencil in the shade Noir or Noir Intense.” says Thompson. “They are both extremely black and work well for this type of look as there is a smudger on one end of the pencil that allows you to create that perfect smoked-out effect. Because the formula is a smooth gel, it’s easy to smudge when wet, and sets dry to stay in place all day.”

Don’t Use Eyeshadow Alone 

“A lot of people use only black eyeshadow to create this look,” Thompson says. “Eyeshadow is great to use on top of a liner to smudge and set it, however, the black pigment can get extremely messy and cause fallout all over your face. It needs something to hold onto.”

Blend Like You Mean It — And Then Blend Some More

“A common mistake in general is not blending eyeshadow and liner well so you can see the separation between the eyeshadow and liner,” says Khamas. “Take your time and blend.”

For a smudged eyeliner look we love, check out the fourth eye look in this eyeliner looks tutorial and smudge away.

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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