3 Simple Ways to Wear a Smoky Eye this Holiday Season
Makeup artists swear a smoky eye is simple to create, but the devil is in the detail. Whether you’re a makeup artist in training or you can barely manage mascara, there’s a look to suit your skill set—and your style. Now as the holiday season is approaching and your inbox is piling up with invites, there’s no better to time to master the sultry eye makeup look. We scored the tools, tricks, and shadows you need to get red-carpet results for no matter how big or small the soiree. Here, we have three easy ways to wear smoky eyes that you can take with you on the holiday party circuit.
The Simple Smolder
Drag a fine-point black liner along your water lines (the lower inner rims of your eyes) such as Rimmel London Exaggerate Auto Waterproof Eye Definer in Noir ($6; walgreens.com). Use the pencil to trace along the upper and lower lash lines, stopping before you reach the inner corners, says pro Molly R. Stern. Smudge the ink a bit with a warm fingertip. Add bronze shadow over lids such as Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Double Ended Shadow and Liner in Queens of the Bronzed Age ($7; walgreens.com), then mascara and you're done.
The Updated Classic
Circle your eyes with dark green pencil such as Yves Saint Laurent Couture Kajal Eye Pencil in Vert Anglais ($35; yslbeautyus.com). Then use a brush to blend a lighter metallic green powder like the shade in Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette in Avant Garde ($60; yslbeautyus.com) over lids and lower lash lines. Finally, dust gold powder such as Sisley Phyto-Ombré Glow in Pearl ($54; nordstrom.com) onto the center of lids and under brow bones, blurring all edges. The metallics will reflect light so your smoky eyes won't look heavy-handed, says Hyland's pro Allan Avendaño.
Grab a navy liner like Honest Beauty’s True Velvet Eyeliner Pencil in Truly Sapphire ($16; honestbeauty.com) and two deep blue shadows like the shades in Honest Beauty’s Eyeshadow Trio in Truly Vibrant Ocean Blue ($25; honestbeauty.com). Create a cat eye by running the pencil along the lower and upper lash lines; drag the point beyond the outer corner and turn it up into a wing. Dip a small shadow brush into navy powder and trace over the lines to thicken them. Next, dip the brush into a teal powder and go over your work, extending the color into the crease and diffusing all the lines.