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.