First you will want to choose the colors you want to create your smoky eye with.   You will need at least three shades of a similar hue, the classic smoky eye is created with black or gray, but bronze and brown are also commonly used as well.
  • Green eyes look particularly good with a gray and plum
  • Blue eyes pop with gold or copper
  • Brown eyes go great with shades of navy and gray

You should choose three shades of each color: a light, creamy color, a medium base color, and a dark smoky color.

You will first want to use a concealer and eyeshadow primer to prep your lids before applying the smoky eye. Use a concealer brush to apply both.
Using loose powders with the proper brushes, gives you the best blending ability, which is necessary for creating a great smoky eye.

Creating the smoky eye

 Your going to first apply your highlighter which is the lightest of your three eyeshadow shades. Using your eyeshadow brush, dab it on the inside corner of your eyelid on both your upper and lower lids. Sweep it directly under your eyebrows as well, from the beginning to the end of your brows.
You will then use your medium shadow and sweep it over your entire lower eyelid. Be sure to blend it with your highlighter, so that there isn’t a harsh divide between the two colors. Apply it upwards only to the natural crease on your lid, not all the way to the highlighter underneath your brows.

You will now begin adding your darkest color. Start at the outside corner of your eyes, and sweep in a ‘C’ shape from the about halfway inwards (from the outside of your face) on the lash line, back up and around to about halfway inwards on the crease of your eyelid.  The darkest part should always be the point at the upper edge of your lash line. Whenever you need to apply more of your dark shadow, start at this point and work inwards or upwards.  Sweep a little of your dark shadow under your eye again, start at the outside corner and bring it only about halfway in. This will help to balance the darkness out on the top of your eyes.
You will then finish by blending your shadows so their are no harsh lines and apply a dark eyeliner and mascara to give it a polished look.

smoky eye

*Our glo minerals line at the salon has created a smoky eye kit, making it easy for those who are just trying out this stunning look.