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How to nail the smoky eye

Mar 30, 2018

By Lucy Adams

MARIE CLAIRE BEAUTY EDITOR / JANUARY 19 2017

A smoky eye is a classic makeup look that adds instant drama (particularly when paired with a LBD). Smudge your way to a sophisticated smoky haze in seconds with these pro tips.

1

Add definition

Apply a coat of mascara before eyeshadow and “then a second coat later on to remove any powder that has fallen onto the lashes,” explains Peter Philips, creative and image director of Christian Dior makeup.

2

Colour it in

Next, take a dark shade – be it black, bronze, plum or navy – and apply it along the upper and lower lash line.

3

Blend it out

Use a round brush or index finger to blend it all the way up to the crease of the eyelid.

4

Apply more colour

Then, take a lighter shade and blend in the edges.

5

Use some liner

To finish, makeup artist Elsa Morgan goes over the lash line with a kohl pencil before tapping a highlighting eyeshadow shade to the inner corner of the eye. The layered products set over time and look more rock’n’roll an hour after application.