How to do smoky eyes for day and night
A smoky eye could be the most sought-after makeup look, but it can be intimidating. Here’s how you can do it right
If you’ve ever Googled ‘How to do a smoky eye?’, you’re joining more than 30 million people that have the same question. It turns out that the most ubiquitous eye makeup style is also the most confusing, given all the different steps and styles you can create. You don’t want a streaky base or an unblended crease, so we spoke to Arti Nayar and Daniel Bauer for their top tips.
Arti Nayar’s ultimate smoky eye for the day
1 Always use an eye primer. Smooth it across the lids and let it set.
2 Next, apply a nude colour with a medium shadow brush to create a base for the smoky eye.
3 Follow this with either a gel liner or a black kajal. Create the first layer of the smoky eyes with this. You can blend it all over the eyelid, or blend it just as a liner depending on the kind of look you want. Never take too long to buff out once you apply the gel or kajal on your lid because it can set and look patchy.
4 Accentuate this black colour by layering with a black eyeshadow. It intensifies the smoky eye that you’re about to do and makes it last longer.
5 Take a little bit of matte brown colour on a fluffy brush to just blend out the outer corners of the eye. Apply it at the crease of your lid just to blend and smoke it out by feathering it outwards with a crease brush.