I thought I’d come back with something a little less bright, a little more wearable, and something you could wear during the day or evening. A smokey eye is all about the buffing and the blending, to create that shadow around the eyes and really emphasise them. Everyone can pull off a good smokey eye; here’s my favourite way to do it:

I would advise, when using grey and darker shadows, to do your eyes before your foundation and concealer – it makes it easier to clean up any fall down from the eyeshadow. My first step is always to put some sort of primer down on my eyelids so that my colour goes on intense, and stays on as long as I want it to. For this look, I used the Soap and Glory Lid Stuff quad in Smokey Dokey – take the matte grey shade and pack it all over your mobile lid and up to the crease.

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Use the light, sparkly grey shade to buff the edge out and bring the darker colour a bit higher. Add small amounts and blend – remember it’s easier to start with a little product and add more than to start with a lot and try and take some away. If you feel you need to, then go back into the deeper shade and intensify it, as you might lose some of the colour while you blend the edges out.

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Take the lightest shade in the palette and use it under your brow and on the inner corner of your eye to highlight. (If you have darker skin, you might want to avoid something quite this light as it may look ashy on your skin.) If you want to make the eye more dramatic, take some of your darkest shade and blend it out under your lower lash line.

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I like to line my upper and lower waterline with a black pencil, but this is totally optional, and can be uncomfortable if you’re not used to doing it. Use your favourite liner to line your eyes – go as thick and dramatic as you like. Add your favourite mascara and that’s the eyes done.

Here’s my finished look:

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I’ve chosen to pair it with a deep pink nude shade on the lips. You could go more dramatic with a red lip, or more subtle with just a sheer gloss. Let me know what you think, and if there’s anything you’d like to see me try.

 

All photos by Alaa Jasim.