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

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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

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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?

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101 thoughts on “Three different types of smokey eyes: dark, soft & colorful

  1. 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!

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 :)

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

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