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Three different types of smokey eyes: dark, soft & colorful

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I love a good smokey eye. Always have, always will. Smokey eyes are pretty much my signature look, and I wear them in all different kinds and colors. I often go for traditional dark smokey eyes, but I also like wearing softer versions and colorful alternatives. Today I’m showing you three different types of smokey eyes, and it’s up to you to decide which one you like best. Dark, soft or colorful? Take your pick!

Soft smokey eyes

Choose Your Look (Three different types of smokey eyes) (1)

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Choose Your Look (Three different types of smokey eyes) (2)

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Used products: MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, Smashbox Wonder Vision Eye Set in Sparks (Coral & Bronze), NARS Exhibit A, e.l.f. Shimmer Palette, Smashbox Limitless Waterproof Eye Liner in Onyx, Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies mascara.

Colorful smokey eyes

Choose Your Look (Three different types of smokey eyes) (3)

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Choose Your Look (Three different types of smokey eyes) (4)

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Used products: Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer, MAC Chrome Yellow, MAC Lucky Green, MAC Humid, MAC Orange, Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Electro (Cobalt), Inika Mineral Eyeshadow in Lightening, Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner in Cabana, Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies mascara.

Dark smokey eyes

Choose Your Look (Three different types of smokey eyes) (5)

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Choose Your Look (Three different types of smokey eyes) (6)

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Used products: Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer, Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in BK912, Smashbox Fade In eyeshadow palette, Glominerals Eyeshadow in Sable, e.l.f. Shimmer Palette, Smashbox Limitless Waterproof Eye Liner in Onyx, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Black.

Dark, soft or colorful smokey eyes, which of the three do you like best? How do you like to wear your smokey eyes?


  1. Amazing Eyes !! You take my breathe away !!

  2. I pick them all! All looks are beautiful and look great on you!

  3. Great looks, I especially like the second one!

  4. Thanks for leaving such a darling comment on my blog!
    Oh, that colourful smoky eye is so pretty!

    Have the best day ever,

  5. Super mooi! Ik vind ze alledrie erg mooi, maar colourful en dark springen er voor mij uit. Prachtige foto’s en wat glanst je haar mooi!!!

  6. Lovely! gorgeous ideas! kisses baby!

  7. Die dark smoked eyes ziet er heel mooi uit!

  8. The dark smokey eyes zijn suuupa pretty en sultry :3 laten donkere ogen ook echt nog meer poppen vindik! And your brows, aaaaaaaa! Love the texture in them and they so full!

  9. prachtig.. alle drie!

  10. These are all gorgeous! I especially love the darker one on your eyes! Personally I always go for a lighter one in the day & darker at night :)

  11. Alle 3 heel mooie looks! Mijn favoriet is de eerste :)

  12. Oeh la la, de laatste look vind ik gorgeous!! Staat je goed :-)

  13. Hey Melissa, I think I like the last one on you the best! I have to dose my smokey eye very carefully, because otherwise I’ll just end up looking like a panda. Wish I had as much lid space!!!

  14. Ah wow, die colorfol look met geel en groen is geweldig! Staat je erg mooi.

  15. I seriously love all of them! Your blending skills are awesome:) I wish I can do smokey eyes everyday but can barely get out of the house with lip gloss on:P

  16. Wauw, hele mooie looks! Vooral de eerste!

  17. All 3 looks are gorgeous, I wish I could do my makeup like this!
    Laura. xx

  18. Think I love the dark smokey eyes the best but they’re all beautiful looks!

  19. Ik vind de donkere de mooiste look maar ze staan je eigenlijk alledrie heel mooi hoor :)

  20. Ik vind vooral die met zwart echt heel erg mooi!

  21. Die laatst is de mooiste!

  22. supermooi gedaan hoor! ik weet niet welke ik de mooiste vind, haha

  23. I love them all! But the dark smokey one catches all of my attention right away. Hihi. It makes you look so luscious and elegant!

  24. Allemaal erg mooi gedaan!

  25. Love the looks doll!*
    Nicely done!*


  26. Prachtige looks heb je gemaakt! Ik vind de soft versie wel iets hebben, is eens iets anders!

  27. Waaw, die dark smokey eyes staan je prachtig!

  28. Heel mooie looks allemaal! Ze staat je allemaal super!
    Mijn favoriet is de soft smokey eyes

  29. They are all very pretty, but I gravitate more to the soft eyes. Very pretty. One of these days I’m going to try this. But how does someone like me, with a deep brown complexion, do this without looking like I have black eyes. What colors would you suggest?

    • Oh I have to be honest, this is tricky, Glenda. I don’t have much experience working with dark skin. I’d say that the key is to use colors that contrast with your skin tone and that won’t disappear on you. I’d probably avoid black, but how about some earthy green or olive shades? Or gold? Silver would probably work very well, too.

  30. Prachtige looks, ik vind vooral de groene kleur je erg mooi staan

  31. Ai ik vind ze alledrie mooi! Sowieso staat het jou prachtig;) Ik zou zelf voor de soft smokey eyes gaan, maar meer omdat ik dat praktischer vind voor alledaags. Als ik een feestje zou hebben zou ik voor de donkere variant gaan, zo mooi!

  32. Smokey Eyes are my signature look as well and I love the dark smokey eye on you! Great post!

  33. Coucou ma belle
    J’aime beaucoup le smokey eyes doux et le smokey eyes sombre ^^

  34. Ik vind je eerste look het mooist :) die is voor overdag ook het meest draagbaar denk ik.

  35. I’m personally a fan of a soft smokey eye, but I gotta say you are rocking that dark one. It doesn’t look “too much” with your dark hair. And now because of you I absolutely need MAC humid. I was already interested but that sealed the deal.

  36. I love them all! Usually I tend to wear light or gold/brown smokey eyes but never darker than that cause when I go darker it looks like someone punched me in the eye :P


  37. I love all three of these! I wish I could pull off dramatic smoky eyes like the last photo, but I never can, hahaha.

  38. I like all of them but I think I would only wear the 1st and the 3rd one…but never say never!

  39. Prachtige foto’s van jou!!!

  40. I love the colourful smokey eyes, but the others are very pretty too!

  41. Loved all the looks…u have a nice blog….following u now…Do visit my blog too!

  42. I love all 3 versions, for me also smokey eyes are my choice nearly 90% of the time. Green makes your eyes pop very beautifully

  43. Je crois que tu peux mettre toutes les couleurs du monde sur tes yeux, tu le portes divinement bien ! Je suis fan de tes make up !

  44. These eye looks are amazing! Its so great that you didn’t just so the classic smokey eye, but showed other fun options.

  45. Ik vind eigenlijk alle drie de looks heel erg mooi en ze staan je ook erg goed. Als ik dan toch zou moeten kiezen, dan zou ik voor de look gaan die ik bij mij zelf het mooiste vind staan en dat is de zachte smokey eyes.

  46. You have such pretty eyes! My favorite look is the colorful smokey eye!

  47. Your eyes look amazing… I love the dark smoky eyes but I have never been able to achieve that look… I need someone how knows how to apply it that way… you look lovely :)

  48. I love dark smoky eyes best. They just look so mysterious and alluring!

  49. I love the all! Especially the bright green one! It’s amazing!

  50. I love them all! You have gorgeous eyes Melissa, I prefer the dark version on you, u look sooo sexy. But the others are pretty amazing too! I’m more of a soft smokey girl. I have small eyes and dark smokey make them look even smaller. I guess colourful one, needs really the technical skills you have. I’ve tried, but mmm, let’s say it looked good enough for the Knee Circus :P I still need practice, haha. BTW, that’d be a nice idea if you could once do a tutorial for colourful smokey :)

  51. wow dat geel en groen staat je echt heel erg goed…
    Ik ga meestal voor een snel en simpele zwarte smokey, eigenlijk zou ik daar best eens meer werk van mogen maken..

  52. With the dark version you look extra sultry, I love it! I’m also a smoky eye addict. What did women do before it??:) I love an electric blue and black combination. Or purple, white and silver. I mean… The possibilities are endless really!

  53. Ze zijn echt allemaal prachtig! Is de Smashbox mascara goed? x

  54. They all suit you perfectly! I like all three of them!

  55. Wauw, je eerste look is geweldig!!

  56. wow totally cant choose love all of them. the dark one most I guess I truly do love a good very smokey smokey eye :) thanks for sharing this so gorgeous! xx. gigi.

  57. Alledrie vind ik ze erg mooi, maar de donkere smokey eye springt er voor mij toch uit! Ik vind het je zo mooi staan, omdat je ook donkere ogen en donker haar hebt. Bij mij ziet het er al snel uit als ‘te veel’ of ‘te donker’, dat is bij jou minder

  58. Lovely makeup sweety :)


  59. The colourful one looks really hot but knowing me I would go for the soft one. The dark one looks really good as well.

  60. I love the soft smokey eyes, will definitely try them on the weekend!
    Mafalda ❤

  61. Wat een mooie looks! Je staat enorm goed met donker opgemaakte ogen! Jouw blog is trouwens een goede manier om Engels bij te leren :)

  62. Wow, ik vind ze allemaal héél erg mooi!

  63. De dark smokey eyes vind ik je het mooist staan! Vooral omdat je van die donkere kijkers hebt en het nog intenser maken + het geeft zo’n mysterieuze blik. ^^ Maar de kleurrijke smokey eyes is ook bloody gorgeous!

  64. My favorite look of all time on you is the very first. It is just awesome with your hair, eyes and skintone. My second favorite is probably look #3. Great looks! Incredibly well done and artistic.

  65. Het is de eerste keer dat ik op je blog kom en ik moet zeggen dat ik de naam van je blog heel erg leuk vind! In deze post vind ik je ogen mooi gedaan, vooral de combinatie van dat geel en groen vind ik erg mooi!

  66. Loved your colorful smokey eyes. So creative.

  67. Ik vind de zachte look eigenlijk de mooiste, ziet er heel natuurlijk uit :-)

  68. Vind ze alle drie ontzettend tof ! x Jana

  69. Ik vind ze allemaal prachtig, maar de donkere vind ik het mooist, Helaas staan donkere smokey eyes mij niet, dus maak ik zelf vaak smokey eyes met groen, bruin of paars.

  70. I love all three versions!

  71. Mooi gedaan hoor c: Ik ben niet zo van de smokey eye,
    want ik lijk totaal anders. Mijn favoriet is dan ook de
    ‘soft smokey eye’ versie c: Xx

  72. I loved all the three looks ! The colourful smokey eyes look amazing on you !

  73. All three looks are amazing! I love how colourful that second look is.

  74. I love all three! And they all look very good on you :D

  75. I loved colorful smokey eyes , I will also try this :)

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