A smokey eye is a timeless, sultry look that every woman should know how to achieve. It’s great for going out or any event where you want to look extra done up. For ladies with dark complexions, in particular, don’t feel intimidated by this look. Smokey eye looks good on everyone, so don’t believe anything different.
If you’ve never tried this look out before, or you still feel like you don’t have it down pat, keep reading. With some practice, and the help of the tips and tricks below, you’ll be creating flawless smokey eye looks in no time!
Tip 1: Do your eye makeup before you apply your foundation.
Fallout isn’t a huge deal when you use eyeshadows, and in fact, you should expect a little bit. Do yourself a favor, and do your eye makeup before you apply your foundation. If you do it the other way around, you’ll find yourself having to retouch your foundation to fix areas where there was a lot of fallout. It’s not worth the trouble, so always remember to do your eye makeup first.
Tip 2: Get more bang for your buck by using an eyelid primer.
The color payoff is a major selling point for Black and Brown women who wear makeup. Eyeshadows that won’t show up on our skin are only a waste of money and time. Do you want to ensure that your smokey eye pops and stays on all day? Don’t skip the primer. Prime your lids before going in with your shadows.
Tip 3: Find your hue.
Smokey eye doesn’t call for the blackest eyeshadows only. You can create a smokey eye using any deep color like dark blues, browns, and grays. No matter what color you choose, make sure you have shades for the entire color family. This will help when it’s time to create that illusion of depth on your lids that smokey eyes are best known for.
Tip 4: Don’t forget to blend.
What makes a smokey eye a smokey eye is the smudge effect. If you don’t blend your eyeshadow, your smokey eye will look more like raccoon cosplay. Sorry, but you should hear that from us rather than some stranger at the bar. Blending is critical when it comes to a smokey eye look, so don’t forget it!
Tip 5: Go for a natural look for the rest of the face.