How To: Smoky Eye Look for Beginners

Hey lovelies! Welcome back. I know I normally post on a Sunday but I wanted to get this on before the weekend incase you all wanted to try it out for a little night out or a bonfire if you are going to one this Guy Fawkes night! So my lovely friend requested a blog post on how to create an easy smoky eye look and so here I am :). I thought this was a fabulous idea because I used to always struggle with smoky eyes until one day it all clicked. I decided to make this a kind of basic, beginners guide to a simple smoky eye instead of a full on heavy one (which I can definitely do at some point if you would like to see that). I also want to stress that you don’t have to spend a fortune on high end palettes and brushes to create this look at all, the products I use are all drugstore and pretty cheap. I have Urban Decay and other expensive palettes sitting gathering dust because I find them quite chalky and not as pigmented as some drugstore ones. So let’s get started!

Step One: The Transition Shade

Okay guys so once you have primed your eyes with primer or foundation or concealer, you want to begin creating the ‘transition shade’ in the crease of your eye. I would say this is the most important step to creating any eye look, especially a smoky eye. The transition shade is what helps blend your whole look together and is typically a matte eyeshadow that is a lil bit darker than your skin tone. So you want to go for a matte, copper or bronze shade here and you will need a fluffy blending brush. For me personally I use my bronzer for the transition shade because I feel like it ties my eyes and face contour together and my bronzer is just the perfect matte, tan shade. I use my all time faaavourite bronzer Rimmel Sun Shimmer in ‘Medium Matte’. For a brush you can use any good fluffy, angled brush. I like the Real Techniques ones or there are also some great wee sets on Amazon that aren’t too pricey and do the exact same job as high-end brushes. I use a really large, fluffy blending brush from a brush set I got from Amazon a few years ago and it is so good and the whole set was only around £20. I have found a good set today as well for £11.95 here and they get amazing reviews. For a high-end brush I would recommend the Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush. So basically you want to pick up the eyeshadow or bronzer with the brush and gently blend it in window wiper motion into the crease of your eye. You dont want to blend it too high up to the brow bone but you want it to be just slightly above your crease as well so just touching the edge of the brow bone. My top tip for this step is to use a very light hand and build the colour as you go until you are happy with it and it should look something like this –


Step Two : Adding Colour and Depth

So once you have done your transition shade, the next step is to add some dimension and colour to your smoky eye, hence creating that smoked effect. For me personally I don’t feel like my blue eyes and skin/hair colour suits any cool tones so for example greys and blacks. I always go for warmer tones of brown as I feel like it suits me better but you can use whatever darker shade you prefer. As you all know I am obsessed with MUA Make-Up Academy products from Superdrug and I will alwaaaays use them they are by far the best value for money when it comes to the quality of them and the pigment is incredible. For this look I used my all time favourite little eyeshadow trio from them which I’m sure you have all heard me rave about a million times and that is the ‘Innocence’ trio which is so good and has the perfect brown shades and a gorgeous highlight shade as well. The best things about this trio is the pigment and the fact the shadows are baked which I love, oh and not forgetting the price – £2.50!!!!!! They last for ages too. So you want to again use a fluffy blending brush (I’m using my Real Techniques one here) and buff the darker colour into the crease, just over your transition shade, again with a light hand and build up the colour as you go, don’t go in too heavy straight away because it is always easier to build colour than removing it all if you make it too heavy and having to start again.


Step Three : Smoking Out The Under Eye

This is a step I have been doing for a good while now and I really like the effect it creates. I used to use black liner under my eye and I was feeling like it was making me look a little harsh so now I just gently smoke out the under eye and all I do for this is take the excess brown shade on the fluffy brush that I have used in my crease in Step Two and just swipe it under my lower lash line whilst looking up. It just gives the eye a bit more of a smouldering, smoky look without being too harsh and brings it all together nicely.


Step Four : Highlighting the Lid/Brow Bone & Blending It All Together

So the last step here is to add a little bit of a lighter shade or shimmer to highlight the lid and brow bone. I use the champagne coloured shadow from the Innocence trio but you can use whatever lighter colour you prefer. I gently apply it to the lid with a small, regular eyeshadow brush (just like this one here from e.l.f) or even just use your finger to gently pack the colour onto the lid and sweep some onto the brow bone to highlight it. Then I go back in with my big fluffy brush and wipe off any excess and just use it to blend everrrrything together very lightly. The best techniques you can use when creating a smoky eye is use a light hand and blend, blend, blend! You don’t want any harsh lines at all. Then I go in with my liquid liner to create my usual wings (I have a blog post on how to create the perfect winged liner here if you want to check it out). Next I apply mascara, I’ve been using the Miss Sporty Fabulous Lash  mascara recently and it is actually really good and easy to remove which I like. For an evening look I would normally always apply lashes but since this is a beginner’s day time look I didn’t apply any here.


So that is all there is to it girlies. Remember to start off with a transition shade, use a light hand and build the colours as you go and you can’t go wrong. It takes a bit of practice but once you get the hang of it it’s easy to create any type of smoky eye look you want. If you follow these steps you should end up with an end result like this –


I apologise for the poor picture quality, I am saving for a good camera to use for my blog but for right now my lil iPhone will just have to do :). I hope you all enjoyed this post and found it useful. If you did and you would like to see more you can sign up to receive e-mail updates or follow me on my social media channels (links for all of this can be found either on the right hand sidebar if you are on a PC or at the bottom of this page if you are on a mobile device). Thanks so much for reading and lots of love until next time,






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