A Classic Smokey Eye

Smokey eyes never go out of style. There are so many ways to create this look but when I was in makeup school, one of the first things we were taught was how to create a smokey eye the classic way. Blending is key to be able to get a good gradation of color. The shade should be darkest on the lid nearest the lash line and get lighter as you work the product up towards the brow bone.

To help the pigment stick to the lid better and add a bit more depth to the color, I'm first lining the eye with a khol pencil.  I'm concentrating the color on the lash line since this is where it should be darkest.
To help the pigment stick to the lid better and to add a bit more depth, I’m first lining the eye with a kohl pencil. I’m concentrating the color on the lash line since this is where it should be darkest.
Using an eyeshadow brush with firm bristles, blend the khol liner keeping it dark on the lash line and lighter as you go upwards.
Using an eyeshadow brush with firm bristles, blend the kohl liner upwards keeping it dark on the lash line and lighter as you get closer to the crease.
With a large blending brush, get a medium brown color and sweep it along the crease.  Make sure to use an eyeshadow with a matte texture to create some depth in that area.  You still want some definition in your crease.
With a large blending brush, use a medium color and sweep it along the crease. I’m using a brown shade but you may use whatever color you want. Make sure it is an eyeshadow with a matte texture so it creates some depth in that area. You still want some definition in your crease.
Using your brush with firm bristles or your ring finger, dab some pigment onto the khol - again, concentrating the most product along the lash line.  For this picture, I'm using MAC's pressed pigment in Jet Couture.  I wanted some shimmer on the lid to contrast with the crease color but you may use a matte eyeshadow for this too.
Using a brush with firm bristles (your ring finger works for this as well), dab some pigment onto the kohl – again, concentrating the most product along the lash line. In this picture, I’m using MAC’s pressed pigments in Jet Couture. I wanted some shimmer on the lid to contrast with the texture on the crease but you may use a matte eyeshadow for this too.
To highlight the inner corners of the eye, I applied a golden frosted eyeshadow and blended it towards the lid.
To highlight the inner corners of the eye, I applied a golden frosted eyeshadow and blended it towards the lid.  However, if you have wide-set eyes, skip this step.
Line both your upper & lower waterline with a waterproof eye liner.
Line both your upper & lower waterline with a waterproof eye liner.
Smudge the bottom liner with a small synthetic brush.
Smudge the bottom liner with a small synthetic brush.
Set your smudged liner with a dark matte eyeshadow.  Make sure to blend this as well.
Set your smudged liner with a dark matte eyeshadow. Make sure to blend this as well.
Line your upper lash line.  I'm using gel liner but you may use whatever liner you are most comfortable with.  You also don't need to create a wing but make sure that you connect the liner with the smudge shadow at the bottom of the eye.
Line your upper lash line. I’m using a gel liner but you may use whatever liner you are most comfortable with. You also don’t need to create a winged line but just make sure that the liner meets with the smudged shadow below the eye.
Don't forget to curl your lashes and apply a few coats of your favorite mascara.
Lastly, don’t forget to curl your lashes and apply a few coats of your favorite mascara.

 

This technique is so versatile! It is so simple but just by using different colors and eyeshadow textures, you can come up with totally different looks.