Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Classic Smokey Eye.

I got this request a little while ago, and I'm just now getting to it!  Everyone should have a basic knowledge of the smokey eye, because it's so versatile.  It goes with everything and can go from day to night in seconds.

I'm going to primarily be using E.L.F. products for this tutorial, because it's inexpensive, and high quality.  E.L.F. is my obsession right now for sure.  You can order their products online or it's often sold at your local Target.

I start with a foundation-ed face.  For the sake of brevity, I won't go through my foundation routine in this post, but if you're interested, let me know, and I'll be sure to put it on my list. :)  Anyway, I start with my foundation, and once that's done, I prime my lids.

I'm using E.L.F.'s eyelid primer.  This is an inexpensive primer that works fine.  I definitely prefer Too Faced and Urban Decay, but for a couple of bucks, this one does the job just fine.  

I always apply my highlight first.  So I took E.L.F. creme eyeshadow, in Candlelight, and applied it to the corners of my eyes and right beneath my brow bone. If you have excess left over on your finger, apply it to the lids.  This will make the next shadows sparkle even more. 

I take a Simple C brush and dab it in the silvery color on my E.L.F. eyeshadow duo in Black Licorice.  After tapping off the excess, I dab the shadow all over my eyelid. 

If you have brown eyes, I recommend the regular black that comes in the Black Licorice duo.  I however, have green eyes, and gold happens to compliment green very well.  It is also very pretty with blue eyes because copper colors enhance blue eyes like nobody's business.  So I took a blending brush and a black color (above) with gold flakes in it.  This color was from a palette I got a long time ago from the Color Institute.  I believe you can get this palette at Kohl's.  After applying this inside my crease, and into the "v" of my eye, I applied a dark charcoal eyeliner to my upper lash line and tight line (the inside of my upper lid) and the lash line at the bottom. This eyeliner was a pencil from Avon. 

For the lips in a smokey eye, you can do pretty much anything you want.  Black goes with everything!  I think a red lip for a formal occasion is great, but just for everyday/night, I choose to pair this look with a nude-pink lip.  I used "Natural Nymph" from E.L.F. mineral lipsticks, and "Baby Lips" from their Luscious Liquid Lipsticks line.  I absolutely love Baby Lips, and use it all the time.  It's my favorite lipstick at the moment.

The completed look should look something like this...

This style's classic and simple.  Easy, and never goes out of style.  It goes with any outfit, any occasion, and can be darkened for a night out.  

Enjoy! <3



  1. Awesome, awesome, awesome! I can now do a smoky eye! haha! :) Exciting!!!


    P.S. The bible says we're not supposed to be jealous, but you are so gorgeous you're causing me to sin!!! haha!

  2. Oh and, just a suggestion, but it might be really interesting if you did a post about what shades of make-up you think go which which eye colors! :)

  3. Kimberly! Hahaha, thank you! And that's a great idea, I've actually been thinking of it for a while! It's definitely something I'm willing to do, I'll get right on it! :)

  4. I have hazel eyes and I've read that I should use purple. Other colors just look strange with my eyes (I look pretty strange in bright/noticeable colors anyway :P.
    I've never seen purple smokey eyes that are subtle but make your eyes pop. I really like how you don't do a ginormous smokey eye... I like how they just show off those pretty eyes of yours :D
    What two tones/colors should I use for purples?

  5. Kae, this'll be my next post, promise. :)

  6. Love this! you are so beautiful em! oh an Kaeleen, there are some pretty good purple palletes out there, that I use all the time, i have brpwn eyes. I usually use a dark purple eyeliner, and shades of purple for the eyshadow.