The Smokey Eye Essentials


I love a good smokey eye but one thing that I have found amongst people that aren't as makeup obsessed as yours truly is that smokey eyes and how to achieve them cause a significant amount of confusion. There are a few different kinds of smokey eyes, but my favorites are the ones that start with the deepest color at the the lash line and then slowly fade out as you get to the crease. It's all personal preference and it really depends on what looks good with your eye shape but today I'm here to share with you my favorite products to achieving a smokey eye, no matter the shape.

I really like to use cream shadows when I do a smokey eye because they make the color of the eyeshadow that more intense and they add dimension that powder eyeshadow can't. My favorite smokey eye cream shadow is the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans, which is a nice medium pewter shade, I find that this color can look good paired with either warm or cool tones. One of the best eyeshadows (well just in general) for a smokey eye is the L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe because it the color is gorgeous and a perfect balance between not being too light or too dark. This shade looks great blended all over the lid, with my favorite smokey eye achieving brush the infamous MAC 217, or in the outer corners and crease. Finally, and in a lot of ways, most importantly is liner. The best smokey eye liner, in my opinion, is a pencil formula because it can be smudged the easiest and it doesn't look too done like liquid eyeliner can. My favorite way to do eyeliner when I'm doing a smokey eye is to run some of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Eyeliner in black along the top lashline and lower waterline and then smudge it out with NARS Eyeshadow in Coconut Grove, a really deep coffee color. The combination of the brown and the black creates a really dark lashline, but doesn't look too harsh because the brown helps to tone down the black.

What are your favorite products for creating a smokey eye?

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