A couple of days ago I posted about a new grey eyeshadow and included what I loftily described as a 5 minute smokey eye. I thought it’d be handy if I went into that in a little more detail, because smokey eyes have a reputation for being fiendishly difficult when, really, they just look complicated.
Step One: Prep and Prime
After applying and setting your under eye concealer, apply a thin layer of eye primer across your eyelid and up towards your eyebrow. Applying it across the entire upper eye ensures that your eyeshadow will look uniform and not patchy.
Step 2: Fake the Smoke
Use my tried and tested trick of cheating your way to a fast smokey eye and apply some dark eyeliner or cream shadow on the outside half of your eyelid, and smudge a little under your eye. Blend any hard edges off with your fingertip or a smudge brush, but don’t stress about making it perfect.
Step 3: Light and Dark
First apply a highlighter shadow from your crease to your browbone. This both balances your dark eyeshadow and gives your lid eyeshadows something to blend into. Apply a light silver eyeshadow on the inside half of your eyelid, and blend it above the crease and over onto your black eyeliner base. Then grab your dark charcoal shadow and apply it over your black eyeliner base, blending it into your highlighter and pale silver shades as needed.
Step Four: Blend
Finesse your shadows! Use a small blending brush to smooth off any hard edges, even out your colour application and soften the colour under your eye. The beauty of cheating your smokey eye with an eyeliner base is that it’s already pre-blended thanks to a couple of seconds work with your fingertip, so the long tedious aspect of blending your dark shadows off is immediately shortened.
Something worth noting is that I have small hooded eyes and wear heavy browline glasses so tend I keep my blended shadows very close to my crease, but blend your charcoal shadow high above your crease as befitting your eye shape.
Step Five: Finishing Touches
Finish your makeup! I apply the tiniest touch of brow pencil, loads of eyeliner on my upper and lower waterlines, and finish it all with a quick curl of my lashes and a touch of mascara.
And there you have it! One five minute smokey eye with no stress or fiddly bullshit. Let me know what you think!