Easy Steps for the Perfect Smoky Eye

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create an easy, simple, and wearable smoky eye. In a few short steps, and with the right products, a sexy smoky look is easily attainable. Eva Mendes rocking the smoky eye look (iStockphoto)Eva Mendes rocking the smoky eye look (iStockphoto)

By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

All the brushes I use in this tutorial are from Sigma (Mrs. Bunny Essential Kit). You will need a base color that is close to the color of your skin, grey/taupe shadow, shimmery white shadow and a dark charcoal or black shadow. I like to use Too Faced's Romantic Eye Palette, which contains all these colors in an easily accessible and color-coordinated format.

Step 1:
Always start out by applying an eye shadow base to the eye. I use Too Faced's Eyeshadow Insurance, which prevents the shadows from creasing and increases their longevity and wear.

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Step 2:
Continue by using the color closest to your natural skin tone, and apply this as a base on your eyelid up to your brow bone with a fluffy blending brush. This step makes blending easier.

Step 3:
Apply the grey/taupe color on your eyelid but not past the crease. Build up the color with a flat shader brush. Using tapping (instead of sweeping) motions with your brush will reduce fallout from the shadow.

Step 4:
Apply the shimmery white color to the inner corners of your eyes with a pencil brush. Adding a light shimmery color to your inner tear duct area opens up your eyes and makes them look brighter and bigger.

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Step 5:

Apply a dark charcoal or matte black color to the outer corners of your eyes with an angled eye shadow brush. You want to create a sideways V-shape with the dark color in order to contour your eyes and give them some added definition. Apply a little bit of dark color at a time in order to be able to blend out the color easily.

Step 6:
Use a fluffy brush to blend out the edges of the eye shadow. You want the colors to blend seamlessly away before hitting the brow bone area.

Step 7:
To finish off the eye shadow look, take an angled liner brush and smudge the taupe and black shadows on the lower lash line right under the lashes.

Step 8:
Lastly, apply your favorite pencil or liquid liner on your top lash line and finish off with mascara. I use MAKE UP FOR EVER's Aqua Liner in 13 and Maybelline's Illegal Lengths Fiber Extension Mascara.
To finish off the overall look I use the Balm's Frat Boy Blush and Tarte's LipSurgence™ lip luster in Adored.

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