A great smokey eye can be hard to master. You need the right tools, the perfect eyeshadow and the patience of a saint, but the key is all in the blending. If you blend too much then you can end up looking like you’ve not had enough sleep, but if you blend too little the result is harsh and often unflattering. Although smokey eyes are traditionally created using black or grey eyeshadows, creating a look using nude colours or combining two or three shades can really result in a striking finish. Similarly, we’re always told to keep the focus on the eyes or the lips, meaning the best complementary gloss is a nude or delicate pink shade; however, as my fabulous readers show below, breaking the rules is just too hard to resist.
I love how @tarastreats has put a twist on the traditional smokey eye, giving it more structure and taking the colour out further from the lid. Blending your eyeliner into your shadow will create a powerful result and help to frame the face. Doesn’t she look fab?
Although @sophiesbeautique keeps it classic, she mixes her smokey eye with a powerful lip – something we’re always told to avoid, but something that clearly works when executed well. I love her deep berry lips and how they help to add a rock chick edge to her delicate smokey look.
If you want to create a statement eye, then @niks_gray shows us how with her three-colour smokey eye. She’s added in a golden shimmer and a green-grey to catch the light, giving the look depth. Mascara is just as important when creating a smokey eye, so ensure you layer it on and make the most of the wand to style lashes.
Finally, @alexandraegray shows that smokey eyes don’t have to be too powerful. Her nude smokey look is subtle and understated, yet still ensures her eyes are doing the talking. Blending a darker shade into the socket helps to bring the colour of her iris out, as well as making her look wide awake. A great daytime look too.
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