Makeup of the Day

Makeup of the Night – Tips for Smokey Eyes

I don’t believe there is an easier look to create for a bit of night time glamour than a Smokey Eye. While nothing new here I just wanted to share a few tips I’ve learnt at the school for hard knocks because I’ve had a few Smokey Eye disasters!  Do it right and you’ll have a look that is bold and sultry, do it wrong and you will look like a racoon.

Just ask Ellen here…


Some tips for a successful Smokey Eye:

Keep the base light.

With such a dark eye it’s important to ensure your face doesn’t look shadowy and shiny. You’ll need to conceal any dark shadows under the eye as well as blemishes and hyperpigmentation.  Opt for a lighter textured foundation to even the skin tone and then conceal like crazy ensuring the skin looks flawless.  This way your base won’t look thick and caked on and leave you looking over done.  Finish with a lightweight setting powder if your skin is shiny as a Smokey Eye looks best with a velvety matte skin.

Skip the Blush

When playing up the eyes it is better to skip the rosy cheeks and reach for the bronzer.  A subtle sweep of bronzer will help define and contour the face without competing with the eyes.

Nude Lips

Dark or bright lips paired with a Smokey Eye is just too much, keep your lips natural with just a smear of gloss or opt for a nude lipstick.  If you feel the nude lipstick combined with the dark eyes makes you look too pale and ill then go for a pinky nude.

Don’t be too neat!

A smokey eye looks better when it is applied a bit “grungy” and casual, keep it soft on the edges but try not to blend it to a smooth edge.

Tight line the eyes

Apply a super-deep, budge-proof eyeliner to the waterline of the eyes to help define your lashes.  If you don’t apply this line the lashes seem to disappear against the shadow and instead of looking polished and striking, your eyes will just look dark and patchy.

False Lashes optional

I like to apply demi-lashes to lift the outer corners of the eye, you could also use individual flares or full false lashes if you prefer.  Whatever you decide apply loads of mascara!

Apply your eye makeup first!

Normally I apply my foundation and face makeup before doing my makeup, however with a smokey eye I recommend applying your eye makeup first and base last.  This way, if you have any shadow fallout under the eye you can simply wipe it away with some eye makeup remover and apply your concealer to fresh skin.

So here is my version of the smokey eye (see below for the products I used)


Products used:

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer

Chanel  Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzer Base

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner

Kevin Aucoin The Volume Mascara

Ardell Demi Lashes