Soft Smokey Eyes

A lot of people asked about my make-up last Wednesday, so I thought I’d do a little step-by-step of what I did to achieve the look. In my last post I talked about the lip colours I used, so this is kind of like the part II, I guess… I tried to pack as much detail in as possible, so apologies if it’s a little longer than usual…

On that note, let’s get started:


1. Eye primer – this helps keep your eye make up in place and will usually lend more intensity to the colours you use. I like Urban Decay’s Eye Primer Potion as it like glue for eye makeup, helping it last for anything from 12- 24 hrs – though I’ve heard great things about MAC cream shadows as primers too 🙂

2. Base colour – the base colour will allow you to blend shades together seamlessly later on. To do this, I swept the shade Naked from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette all over my eyelid, taking it all the way up to the brows. I used a Bobbi Brown Eye Blender eyeshadow brush as I find it spreads the base colour evenly across the lid.

Urban Decay Naked 2 palette – the shades I used were ‘Buck’ (3rd from left – name clearly rubbed off from so much love 😛 ) and ‘Naked’ (5th from bottom)

3. Create dimension – using a a standard eyeshadow brush (I used MAC eyeshade brush (#239)) I applied Buck from the Naked 2 palette to the outer part of the eyelids. As I don’t have prominent creases, I like to take the darker shades just above the brow bone and extend this colour about 2/3 of the way back towards the inner corners of the eye. Keep it darker on the outer edges though for more drama and dimension.

MAC ‘Shadowy Lady’

4. Apply dark shadow to outer corners to create a smokey effect – using an eyeshadow fluff brush, I applied a few layers of ‘Shadowy Lady’ from MAC – again to the outer edges of the lids, blending it as I brought it inwards. (I find it easier to do a really light sweep of the darker colour with the general shape you’re going for, then apply more in the areas you want more intensity in afterwards – just so that you don’t end up with scary Halloween panda eyes – unless of course that’s what you’re after 😛 )

from top to bottom: MAC Shadowy Lady, UD Buck, UD Naked.


6. Line upper lash line – liquid eyeliner is my go to for any occasion, but before applying it, I always make sure to line them with dark shadow and an eyeliner brush first – this way you can basically trace over it with the liquid liner (tada, no wobbly disasters!). It also ties the whole smokey look together really nicely .

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For the liquid liner, I really like Rimmel’s Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner in black. I’ve used so many different brands and formulas in the past, but I always find myself coming back to this product as it’s really affordable and glides onto the lid effortlessly.

7. Line under the eyes – personally I’m not a fan of eyeliner along the lower lash line as it often makes eyes look smaller. Instead, try gently lining the lower part of your eyes with  eyeshadow to create a soft and subtle look that really opens up your eyes. (I used the exact same colours I used on the lids, in the same order, with the same brushes that I used above to do this)

8. Highlight – the inner corners of your eye (this will brighten them up) and beneath the arch of the brow to add dimension (I used MAC’s cream highlighter in Hush)

9. Mascara – Finally, I curled my eyelashes, and swept 2 coats of mascara  (loving YSL’s Babydoll mascara at the moment! ) across the upper and lower lashes. (Eyebrow gel may also have been used to ensure the brows stayed in place all night 😉 )

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Hope that was of some help 🙂  If you’ve any other tips or tricks,  as always, I’d love to hear!

Happy smokey-eye-creating my friends! ❤

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