Classic Smokey Eye Tutorial

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Description: The classic smokey eye never goes out of style and suits everyone. Its a great makeup look for a party or everyday, dress it up or down to suit.
High Intermediate
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What type of Smokey Eye is this tutorial?
Which three products is she going to use?
I'm just gonna pat that on all over _____________.
You could use one that had a little bit of very low level ______ if you wanted to.
Blend the dark grey shade onto ________, so that you don't have to much on your brush.
What makes a good smokey eye is a nice__________.
You can really go in and _____________ that all out.
(with the black pencil) If you want to you can go into your __________.
Apply a nice __________ mascara.
Smokey eyes classically go with a __________
You could wear smokey eyes _________.
You can go much more dramatic and evening with _______.
Hi, Today I'm going to do a classic smokey eye. I've done quick smokey eyes before and colorful smokey eyes using cream shadows, like one cream shadow, or all different colors, and today I'm just gonna do a two-color classic smokey eye.

So for this type of smokey eye I'm gonna use three products. I'm going to use a brownie taupe eyeshadow, and this can be any kind of brownie taupe. Also going to use a dark grey. I'm using the dark grey from this benefit palette. And I'm going to kind of mix those together.

I'm also going to use a black pencil.

So, starting with the taupey brownie shade and a flat brush, I'm just gonna Pat that on all over my eyelid. This isn't too dark to start with. This one is actually matte but you could use one that had a little bit of very low-level shimmer in it if you wanted to. But I wouldn't go too shimmery if you're gonna do a really classic smokey eye.

So I just patted it all over my eyelids and up to the socket line. It's kind of messy. Just slightly above the socket line. If you want to check if it's gone up high enough, just open your eyes and look straight ahead and you'll be able to still see a little bit of the brown shade there.

So next I'm going to go in with the dark grey shade. I'm gonna put it on to a 217 brush. So you want to think nice and fluffy and then blend onto the back of your hand so that you don't have too much on your brush. You can always pick up later. And then start to add the dark grey into the socket line and onto the outer edge there. The outer corner. So you're going on top of the brown. And everyone's eye shape is different, so the best way to do this is to keep your eyes open, keep looking ahead. If your eyes are slightly different shapes, then again, keep looking ahead because you can check to see if they're looking similar. If your eyes are hooded, again, you'll need to have your eyes open. And then once you've got a good sort of positioning on it, then just start buff buff buffing away.

And what makes a good smoky eye is a nice big fat generous brush. So, nothing smaller than a brush like this. And you can use even a bigger brush and just keep lots of circles and really really buffing and softening those edges.

So I'm just adding a little bit more of the dark to the outer corner, so you can build up slowly.

Now I'm going to use a completely clean Paula Dorf -- this is a sheer crease brush. It's just a bit bigger and a bit fluffier than a 217. It's really good to keep a nice big brush that's clean handy. And you can really go in and blend and smoke that all out.

So next I'm going to use a black Kohl pencil. I'm gonna use this all along my upper lash line. And just hold a mirror really low down, and look right down into it, and feel it really in-between the lashes. It doesn't have to be perfect. We're gonna blend it in a second anyway. Likewise underneath. You can do it as a series of dots. We're gonna smoke that out too. And if you want to you can go into your lower waterline as well. Depending on how big or small your eyes are. If you have very small eyes, just skip that step. And then using a mix of the brown and the dark grey shade -- the taupey shade and the dark grey -- I'm going to start to smudge in underneath. So just really smudging that Kohl in. Smoking it out. I haven't done my concealer and my base yet, so it doesn't matter if it drops down because I'm gonna clean it afterwards. And that's definitely the best way to do smokey eyes. Eyes first, skin later. Same on the top... really smoke that in.

And then apply a nice thickening black mascara. You want to get right down to the roots of the lashes. You get loads of impact there. And curl them first if you need to. Put plenty of mascara on. Once you've done your mascara, you can clean up under your eyes. So just remove any of that gray and brown eyeshadow that's dropped down, so it's nice and clean. And patch up your moisturizer. And apply your base as normal.

So I've done my base and concealer as usual and I've also used a little bit of powder. Next going back in with the light brown shade -- Well, hardly any actually. Just a fraction of it on the brush -- Just gonna really really smudge in underneath. And you need to do this after you've concealed, otherwise you kind of have a definite line between where the smokiness finishes and the concealer starts. So we just want to really smudge that all in. You can use q-tips/ cotton buds if you like, and just smudge smudge smudge smudge. And then I'm just gonna freshen up that line in the waterline. It's fine if it gets a bit smudgy. If you want to use a waterproof pencil or a waterproof gel you can, but I think you want it to look sort of perfectly imperfect. You don't want it to be absolutely... you know, no sensuality at all. I think with a smoky eye you want it to be smudgy and a bit lived in a little bit. I think it just looks nicer. It looks sexier. Looks more modern.

For brows with a smoky eye, I think the more natural they are. If they're quite light leave them. It just looks a lot more modern. I've got a little bit of the brown and the grey that I've just used on my eyes. I'm just going to take that to fill in a little bit there, but more or less going to leave them soft.

Now for the rest of your face you can do a couple of different things. I mean smoky eyes classically go with a nude lip. I'm just going to apply this nice nude chubby stick. And for me I need to put a little touch of blusher on. I'm going to use a benefit dandelion so it's not super bright. But I think I just look better with a little bit of color in my face, and most people do. Or you could just do a little bit of sculpting or something. Otherwise it can get a bit gothy, a bit stark. Which is another look, which is fine. It depends which look you're going for.

And also it depends what it's for. I mean you could wear smokey eyes during the day, like this, as strong as this, if you just put less base on, less powder, less of a lip. You know you could play everything else down. It looks really good. And for the evening you can do what I've done which is just a bit more base and powder, and, you know, give it more of a polished feel.

So that's a very classic smokey eye.

Or you can go much more dramatic and evening with red lips and matching nails.

I think a classic smoky eye works for everyone. Wear it however you want.
The classic smokey eye never goes out of style and suits everyone. Its a great makeup look for a party or everyday, dress it up or down to suit. I'm using two eyeshadows and a pencil to create a modern, wearable version thats easy to achieve. The products I've used in the film are:

Benefit - Dandelion Blusher
Benefit - Smokin' Eyes Kit
Bobbi Brown - Eyeshadow
Chanel - Foundation Brush #6
Chanel - Le Volume De Chanel Mascara
Chanel - Pinceau Brosse Sourcils No.11 Brow / Lash Brush
Clinique - Chubby Stick
MAC - Brush
Mavala - Nail Colour
Nars - Semi Matt Lipstick
Paula Dorf - Sheer Crease Brush
aula Dorf - Wet / Dry Colour Brush
Revlon - Luxurious Color Eyeliner
Suqqu - Cheek Brush
Suqqu - Eye Shadow Brush
Suqqu - Eyebrow Brush
YSL - Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation
YSL - Rouge Pur Couture

Watch this video on my site for a full product list (including what I'm wearing on my nails), tips and more info.
Lisa Eldridge