If there’s a go-to look that every girl has for the party season, it’s undeniably the smokey eye. It’s sexy, alluring and gives that sense of mystery all at the same time. No wonder everyone from Deepika Padukone to Kareena Kapoor Khan opt for this look on the red carpet. However, it’s not the easiest technique to master. Celebrity makeup artist Priya Lisa Gonsalves reveals, “ blending and intensity are key factors in achieving the look you want. You require a good blending brush and a pigmented kohl pencil.”
There are so many ways to do smokey eyes – the question is of what kind you like? We’ve compiled some of our best hacks for you to get out that door in a jiffy.
Smokey eye beginner level 1:
Perfect for the lazy girl or the beginner, you can easily sport the smoky eye in less than 2 minutes. All you need to do is grab your handy kajal and a smudging brush. We love Lakmè’s Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal In Black (it also nabbed top honours at the Vogue Beauty Awards this year.) Draw a thick line close to your lash line and blend gently till the crease of your lid. Repeat by lining the lower rim of your eyes and smudge outwards. Top it with generous coats of mascara and you’re ready to hit the party circuit!
Smokey eye intermediate level 2:
Once you’ve mastered the kohl smokey, it’s time to upgrade skill sets. A smokey eye is a lived-in eyeshadow look. An easy alternative to purchasing many shades is opting for a dedicated eyeshadow palette like Faces Glam On Perfect Eye Shadow Smokey Palette that ensures you just have to play around with those colours. Always finish the smokey eye makeup before your foundation so you can clean up and cover shadow flakes.
To get the look, cover your entire lid with the second lightest hue. Highlight the eyebrow arch and your inner corner of the eye with the lightest shade.Then, blend in the darker hues from the outer corners along the crease line. For easy blending, we recommend using the Urban Beauty United shady lady eyeshadow brush. Add a quick dash of liquid liner and complete the look with an angled cat eye. Finish with double coats of black mascara and voila you are done!
Always wear a nude matte lipstick with a dark smokey eye!