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How to create the smoky eye look like a Pro

How to create the smoky eye look like a Pro


“Just Remember, Less is more”.  How many times have you heard that one?  While I can agree with that statement in some circumstances, I have a hard time agreeing with it when it comes to my makeup.  I was born in the 70’s and an 80’s teenager.  Maybe that is why I like the bold looks, the out of this world one of a kind, get me noticed kind of look.  (maybe that will also explain my obsession with head bands). 

Cindy Lauper with her wild outfits had me enthralled. Madonna was another one, that was unique in her own right.  What about Boy George.  He was the first guy I ever seen wear makeup and it left an impression.  This is just naming 3 of the many people that left impressions on me in the 80’s.  What does these 3 have in common?  The fact that they was able to express themselves and they truly didn’t care what other people thought. 

That leads me back to my love of makeup.  I love the smoky eyes look!  I remember watching Donna Mills when she was on Knots Landing, and I couldn’t get over the way she did her eyes at that time.  The smoky eyes is about as close to that look as you can get.  That is why I wanted to learn to do mine like a pro. 

It really isn’t that hard.  There is just a few simple steps you need to do to achieve this. 


1.  Choose your colors.  You can really go either way with this and play it up.  Remember, you are an individual and don’t just have to go with the normal blacks and greys.  Try reds and greens & silver, blues & greens & yellows.  It’s your choice.  This is mainly about blending these together.  The main key is having a dark, medium and light color.

2.  You are going to apply the lightest color to your entire eyelid. 

3.  Once that is done, take the medium color and apply it to just the crease of your eyelid. You will want to work your way from outter crease to inner crease. 

4.  Next you will apply the darkest color to only the outter crease of they eyelid. 

5.  Use a blending brush starting at the center of the crease of the eye and sweep it to the outter crease of the eye.  Don’t get too sweep happy, you won’t want the color to go pass your eyebrow.  

6.  Apply eyeliner.  You should apply it freely then smudge it with a qtip.  I use the eyeliner that has a smudge tip applied to the eyeliner already.


Remember, this takes practice.  I still sometimes come out looking more like a raccoon.  That is why I have eye makeup remover.  After you get it right once, it will get easier and easier. 

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