February 26, 2013

Back to basics - the smokey eye

Today I have a tutorial for the basic smokey eye. It's one of the easiest and quickest smokey eyes you can do. All you need is 3 complementary shades of eyeshadows. For example dark brown, beige and cream. Or purple, lilac and pink. For this tutorial I used black, grey and silver but you can use any 3 shades in the same family as long as you have a dark shade, a medium shade and a light shade.

Once you're comfortable doing this basic smokey eye, you can then build on it by adding a winged liner, or cutting the crease with a darker shade. Think of this as the first step to mastering the smokey eye.

Step by step tutorial

Step 1 - Apply darkest shade all over the lid up to the crease
Step 2 - Apply the same dark shade under your bottom lash line
Step 3 - Blend the harsh edges using your medium shade
Step 4 - Highlight your brow bone with your lightest shade.
Step 5 - Apply 2 coats of your favourite mascara
Optional - line your inner rims with black eyeliner for a more dramatic effect, or leave it as is for a fresh take on the simple smokey look.
Step 6 - Finished!

The products that I used for this quick look were Max Factor eyeshadow trios in Precious Metals* and Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara in Blackest Black (previous review HERE)

Hope you like it! Let me know what you think in the comments below, or if there's another tutorial you'd like me to do also let me know in the comments.

*PR sample


  1. Looks so good on you. Your eyebrows are also amazing.

    Jules x

    1. Thanks Jules, you're the second person today to mention my eyebrows which is funny because my brows are my most hated feature on my face! LOL. Maybe they're not as horrible as I think they are :)

  2. wow you've blended it so beautifully! looks sooo pretty on you :) this little eyeshadow palette looks great! xx


  3. Lovely! You can never go wrong with a simple, smokey eye :)

  4. now, that's a good blend haha! very pretty :)

  5. I swear, you do the best how-tos/tutorials! haha

    Have you considered doing YT vids?

  6. Yep love it!!!! It's my birthday this weekend and I was thinking about doing a smokey eye and now I'm definitely going to do it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Gorgeous, thanks for sharing! And with drugstore products too, love it!



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