How To Create a Natural-Looking Smokey Eye

The trendy, mysterious smokey eye is a favorite of glamorous celebs like Mila Kunis and Kim Kardashian, but the classic smokey eye can be for glosser girls to wear any day with a simple switch from sizzling metallics to a matte finish. Through the use of more natural shades, such as bronze and light brown, it is still possible to achieve the same illusion of accentuated eyes without the use of harsh black and gray pigment. Follow these steps for a more natural-looking smokey eye without losing intensity.

1. Primer

Start off with a primer on the eyelid and eye creases. College Gloss recommends the Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eyeshadow Primer ($20 at Ulta). The primer will prepare eyes for shadow by preventing creasing, ensuring a long-lasting finish.

2. Eyeshadow

Apply a light mauve shadow over the entire lid. This shade may look strange on its own, but once other colors are added, it will look much more natural.

Apply a light brown or golden shadow in the crease. The darker pigment will help to make your eyes pop. You also can blend this shade over the lid if the lids seem too light using a blending brush. CG recommends using the Angled Blender Brush from SOHO Beauty ($8.99).

Use a medium brown shade to contour and continue to blend.

3. Highlight

To highlight, apply an off-white or crème-colored shadow under the brows, as well as in the corners of the eyes.

4. Lashes

To finish the look, curl the eyelashes and apply one-to-two coats of your favorite brown or black mascara. If you’re an eyeliner junkie, you also can feel free to add some brown or black liner on your lash line.

Now you’ll be ready to conquer your job or internship in style without worrying about an overwhelming makeup look. Turn this classy date look up a notch by simply adding a swipe of darker shadow onto the lids or in the corners of the eyes. To make the look work for girls night, add a swipe of glittery shadow. The smokey eye look is both classic and versatile and now perfectly suitable for a day look.

By: Jen Morgan | Image: Source

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