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How to create smokey eye look


Step 1

First, start by defining your brows. Your eyebrows frame your face, so getting the correct shape is key. Brush the hairs into place and then add a little matte colour the same colour as your natural brow with an angle brush, if you need it. Our makeup artist used Laura Mercier Brow Definer and Double Ended Brow Brush.

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Step 2

To keep your eye makeup in place all night, you should start with an eye makeup primer – this will also even out any discoloration or redness you may have creating an even base to work on. The primer can be applied with your fingers as your natural warmth helps to disperse the product evenly. Our makeup artist used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

Step 3

FApply a dense kohl liner along the line of your upper eyelashes – leaving no gaps. You don't want to see any skin showing through between the lashes and the kohl. Then work it in with a brush. Our makeup artist used Givenchy Magic Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in black.

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Step 4

Then use the kohl to colour over the lower part of your eyelid, nice and densely and blend up to the socket. Again, Givenchy's Magic Kohl pencil is perfect for this.

Step 5

Without power, all the kohl you have used will smudge and smear everywhere, so the next step is to add powder to your eyelid over the kohl. This will also add another dimension of sheen and texture. Our makeup artist used Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Oil Slick, which has a nice shimmering finish.

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Step 6

Next apply eyeliner along your lower lid or waterline. Don't be shy to add plenty – it should be nice and sooty. Soften the edges with a brush and keep blending. Our makeup artist used NARS Long Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto.

Step 7

Then use a gel liner to add a last line to your upper lids. Gel – rather than liquid – gives a more definite liner creating a stronger and more dramatic shape to the eye, this is great when using strong eye shadows to enhance the eye. Our makeup artist used the multi-award winning Gel Liner by Bobbi Brown.

Step 8

Next comes mascara. It's best to start right at the root of your lashes and sweep the up to the top. A little wiggle at the root will also help to add volume. If you have some, you may also want to use a lower lash mascara to really enhance those fine lower lashes, as well as getting right into the corner of the eye. Our makeup artist used Diorshow Iconic Extreme Lash Curling Mascara and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.

Step 9

Finally, use a few highlights to add extra dimension. For this look, our makeup artist added a pewter grey shadow to the middle of the top lids and a pale pink shade just beneath the brows. These areas naturally catch the light so it really helps to enhance the shape of the face. Our makeup artist used eye shadow from a range of Dior Palettes for the highlights.

  1. Brow Definer
  2. Magic Khôl Eye Contour Pencil
  3. LTL Long-Wear Eyeliner
  4. Diorshow Iconic Extreme Lash Curing Mascara
  5. Bottom Lash Mascara