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A lot of people seem to think that they don’t have the right skills to create a nice smokey look, and the black version in particular seems to intimidate many people. But getting those perfect smokey eyes actually isn’t that difficult. You don’t have to combine different eyeshadow shades or worry about blending colors together, and it’s actually a good thing for smokey eyes to look a bit messy and grungy. I honestly believe that with a little practice and by following five quick and easy steps anyone can create the perfect black smokey eyes. There are different ways to get the look of course, but today I’m showing you how I do my black smokey eyes. Ready? Here we go!
Step 1: Outline your eyes with black kôhl eyeliner
Apply black kôhl pencil on your lower and upper waterline. Make sure to really get the kôhl in between your lashes until you can’t see any bare skin anymore. I personally like to use a waterproof eye pencil so that I don’t have to worry about touch-ups during the day.
Product tip: Smashbox Limitless Waterproof Eye Liner in Onyx
Step 2: Use a base for your eyeshadow
The darker your eyeshadow is, the less forgiving it is. Black eyeshadow will show any unevenness and even the smallest line or crease will be visible, so preparing your eyelid before applying your eyeshadow is absolutely essential. Your eyeshadow really needs something to stick to in a dark smokey look, so always apply a good base first. You can use black kôhl pencil, but black cream eyeshadow, a MAC paint pot or a high quality eyeshadow primer will also do the job.
Product tip: Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer
Step 3: Apply your eyeshadow
Apply black powder eyeshadow on your whole eyelid and make sure that it looks nicely even and opaque. This isn’t the time to get stingy with your eyeshadow, so go all out and don’t be afraid to pile on the powder! I personally like to use matte eyeshadow, but feel free to use a shimmery or glittery one if you like a little sparkle.
Product tip: MAC eyeshadow in Carbon
Step 4: Blend, blend, blend!
Blend away all the hard lines and edges in your crease, on your lower lash line and in the outer corner of your eye using a good blending brush, and work your way sideways and up a bit for that sexy cat-like smokey effect.
Product tip: MAC 217 blending brush
Step 5: Finish your look
Finish your eye look with deep black mascara, but keep the rest of your make-up subtle and clean. Use a sheer gloss or go for nude lipstick, and brighten up your look a bit by applying highlighter on your cheekbones, in the inner corner of your eyes and on your eyebrow bone.
Product tip: Sisley L’Orchidée Rose Highlighter Blush
And that’s it! Pretty doable, right? And now it’s up to you. Good luck!
Do you like wearing black smokey eyes? What technique do you use to get that perfect smokey look?