Priming the area is key to achieving a smoky eye. For those with dry skin, select a primer with hydrating benefits, for those with oily skin choose a more powdery finish. If the area around the eye is bluish in colour, use a yellow-based primer to neutralize the blue. Apply the primer all the way to the brow. If you do not have access to a primer you can use a dot of concealer or foundation as a base.
2. APPLY YOUR LINER:
After selecting your shade, apply your liner to the inner waterline, top and bottom. To create a wide eye effect use a matte white or flesh colour on the bottom inner waterline. Using tiny strokes (most mistakes happen you try to do one seamless line), create a line along the eyelid as close to your lash line as possible. Repeat this on the lower lashline. TIP: rest the lower palm of your hand/wrist on your cheek to help control your application.
3. CREATE A “V”:
With your liner, extend the lower lash line up towards the crease (approximately halfway to the brow), then bring in the liner towards the iris creating a "v" like pattern at the outer edge of the eye.
4. SHADOW IN:
Using a tapered crease brush, colour in the "V" shape with the darker colour of your cream shadow pallette. If you don't have a cream shadow you can also dampen the brush and use your darker shadow wet. This helps to avoid fall out. Next, using an all over shadow brush apply a colour approx 1 shade lighter then the base colour on the middle of the eyelid and sweep over the "v" you just filled in. Hint: tap your brush before you apply the colour to the eye to get rid of any excess product.
5. PAY ATTENTION TO EYE SHAPE:
For eyes that are close together use your all over shadow brush with a light colour on the inner eye and sweep it under the brows as well. For eyes that are far apart you may use the same colour as the previous step or go even darker on the inner eye and sweep towards the crease.
6. FINAL TOUCHES:
Finish with a lighter colour under the brow.
7. NEED MORE POP?
For an extra "pop" use your ring finger and apply a light colour on the middle of the lid; the natural oils secreted from your finger help this highlight to blend.
8. NOT SHARP ENOUGH?
If you want a sharp clean look go over the "V" shape precisely with smudge brush. If this is not enough, add liquid liner to the upper lash line and do a "tail" over the "V." To create a more sultry look you can blend the "V" shape out a bit with a blending or crease brush.
9. DON’T NEGLECT THE LASHES:
Finish off by applying a generous coat of mascara! Tip: applying mascara last is best as you can have better access to the eye area and your lashes may grab some of the excess product thereby adding more volume. For more drama, you may want to add a few clusters of false lashes as well.
10. RUNWAY READY?
Almost! Don't forget to frame your eye by filling in your brows!