The classic, sultry smokey eye is the holy grail of makeup. I'm gonna give you a big deep dark makeup artist secret: pretty much any look that involves blending a color away from the eye, can be called a smokey eye. There are many variations, from the classic charcoal and carbon black version to simply smudging a creamy black eye pencil around the eye. (I plan to make a video demonstration a smokey eye when time allows!)
I'm gonna give you instruction now for a basic version that can work with almost any color eye shadow. If you have small eyes, work with lighter colors and you may want to skip the first step. This version works especially well for those with hooded lid, or who don't have defined creases.
This version involves three colors of eye shadow, preferably in the same color family; like brown, copper and champagne, or for smaller eyes; taupe, greige and nude or vanilla.
1. Start with black eye liner pencil or gel. Line the upper lid close to the lashline, but don't wing it out at the ends.
2. Apply the darkest shade from the lashline up about halfway up the lid.
3. Apply the middle shade from the middle of the lid up to about halfway onto the browbone, but not over it.
4. Apply the lightest shade, your highlighter, right under your eye brow.
5. Use a soft eyeshadow brush to blend the edges of each color together.
6. Take an angles eye liner brush and smudge just a bit of the darkest shadow underneath the lower lash line.
7. Finish with a couple coats of mascara and...voila!