The smoky eye still stands to be one of the most requested “how to’s” I hear from clients. Martha Lynn here, and I’m super excited to finally let you in on the tips and tricks I use to create this gorgeous, but still laid-back look. Best of all, this technique can be used to update your everyday shadow, or layered for a more dramatic evening look (hello holiday parties!). I tested out my new Bobbi Brown pallet on Camille, and I must confess that it went straight into my own personal makeup bag once we were done! Have you mastered the smoky eye? I’d love to hear your thoughts, and keep reading for the step-by-step!

*note: this should be done before foundation is applied.

  1. Use a flat eye shadow brush to apply a taupe shadow from lash line to crease.
  2. Using a crease brush and a slightly darker shadow, shade the outer half of the crease and the corners of the lid to create the illusion of a deeper crease.
  3. Use a clean fluffy brush to blend well.
  4. Use a flat shadow brush to highlight the brow bones with a light shadow.
  5. Create a base line by tracing along the upper and lower lash lines with the darkest shade in the palette and a liner brush.
  6. Use a very sharp black eye pencil to line the entire eye (including the inner corner) using a series of small strokes. Carefully line the upper water line, then blink to let liner “naturally” transfer to bottom water line.
  7. Use a small, clean brush and darkest shadow to blend the lash line out, creating a smoky effect.
  8. Use a makeup wipe to remove any flakes, then apply two coats of thickening black mascara. Apply foundation and rest of makeup, then use small brush to lightly re-smudge shadow if needed.



21 comments
  1. 1
    FripperyVintage | November 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Love a smokey eye! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  2. 2
    Katerina | November 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I love smoky eyes and they look good on me but I am terrible at doing my own makeup..

    Reply
    • Martha Lynn | November 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      I totally feel you…I do makeup for a living and sometimes it’s hard for me! Practice makes perfect 🙂

      Reply
  3. 3
    Vicki @ WITC | November 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I still haven’t perfected the smoky eye yet! Time to practice with your techniques.

    <3 Vicki
    wildeinthecity.blogspot.com

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  4. 4
    Kara | November 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve love to know which black eye pencil you used…I’m looking for a new one that will stay put!

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    • Martha Lynn | November 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      It’s MAC eye kohl in “smolder”…good luck!

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  5. 5
    Lizette | November 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    You look stunning, Camille!

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    • Martha Lynn | November 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      Agree! She makes it look easy 🙂

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    Stacia | November 21, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I’d love to know about the black eyeliner pencil you used, too, because I also have trouble finding one that stays put.

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    • Martha Lynn | November 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      I swear by MAC eye kohl in “smolder”…good luck!

      Reply
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    Kristen | November 21, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I’d love to now what foundation and blush were used as well.

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    • Martha Lynn | November 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      It’s MAC studio fix powder foundation and MAC powder blush in “peachykeen” 😉

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  8. 8
    Catherine | November 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    You look so pretty! I would love to know what lip product you’re wearing. Thanks!

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} | November 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    So pretty! This is the perfect smoky eye for everyday. Love this tutorial 😉

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    • Martha Lynn | November 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      I’m so glad you love it! Hope it helps 🙂

      Reply
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    Lotoya Vongrechin | November 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Loving the day time smoky eye. When I think of a smoky eye I think dramatic and not for day time. This is perfect for anytime. Thanks for sharing.

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