Sunday, July 13, 2014

Super-Easy How To Do A Smokey Eye (With Pictures)

I decided to do this post because I could never do a proper smokey eye. Even after watching a million Youtube videos I always ended up looking like a raqoon lol. So, I finally got it right and it looks amazing! I don't know about these pictures but in real life with all my face and hair done, this smokey eye looks gorgeous. I'm in love with it and I want to wear it every single day (just kidding.. but I would if I could). 

There are many ways to do a smokey eye. I will be sharing with you how I did this subtle smokey eyes. Smokey but not too heavy.

Anyways, if you have small brown eyes, these colors would look gorgeous on you. You can obviously choose any colors you like. I just want to show you the basic technique behind achieving the perfect smokey eye look.

Just one more thing before we start. These pictures are close ups of my eyes and eyebrows. And, I know alot of people hate those extra hair and badly shaped brows. But, these are my natural brows and I don't pluck, tweeze or do anything to them. I think they look fine and because of personal reasons I prefer to leave them natural. So, please no rude comments on that. Thanks :)

Okay, getting started. These are some tips that will help you to achieve the perfect smokey eye.

  • Choose the right colors. You need to choose 3 to 4 colors and make sure they compliment each other. You need a light shimmery shade to apply on the inner corner, one base eye shade and one last eyeshadow to apply on top of the base eyeshadow. Layering will give your eyes dimension and depth so you'll not have just one flat dark shadow all over your lid.
  • Blending, blending & blending is the key to getting your smokey eye right. You'll need one blending brush for this kind of smokey eye.

1. Start by applying some loose powder under your eyes. There will be alot of eyeshadow fall-out and we don't want the under-eye area to become dark. 
Optional- Prime your lids if you want better pigmentation.

2. Take a light shade and apply it to the inner corners to highlight them. Also, apply the light shade under the brows.

3. Now, take your base shade and apply it all over the eyelid leaving the inner corner. You don't want to take the dark shades into the inner corner. With a flat eyeshadow brush pack this color onto the lid, concentrating it below the crease. This eyeshadow will create a base for the real smokey colors we will be putting on later.

4. Now take a CLEAN blending brush and blend this base color into the crease. Use wind-shield viper motion and blend till there are no harsh lines left. I'm using this blending brush by BH cosmetics.

5. I'm going to use this brownish-maroon and bright purple. You can choose whatever colors you like. So, I mixed these two colors and applied it on top of the base shade keeping it BELOW the crease. We don't want these colors to go above the crease. Pack this color on to the lid. And, blend it so that this color is mainly concentrated on the eyelid. All the colors should be blended together and there should be no harsh lines.

6. Apply black kohl liner on your upper and lower lash-line. This is important to create a sultry smokey eye.

7. Apply this dark shade on the outer most part of your eye where you've the wing. 
At this stage also apply your eyeliner. Now keep in mind that you can do whatever you want with the eyeliner. You can even skip it or do a really simple one. I love a good Arabic winged liner. 

8. Apply mascara and clean up the mess under your eyes with a fan brush. Blend everything one last time and you're done!!!

On my face:
Garnier BB Cream
Rimmel 2 in 1 Concealer & Highlighter
Ben Nye Banana Powder
H&M Eyeshadow Palette
Rimmel Exagerette Eyeliner
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Kohl Liner
Maybelline Rocket Mascara
Maybelline One-on-one Mascara

So, I hope this helps some of you out. It might not look like it, but these blog posts are especially hard to make. And, I've no idea whether these are helpful to anyone out there lol. Please, leave me a comment and let me know if you like these kind off posts and if you want more in the future. 

I'm not a makeup artist so please don't judge my 'skills' here. I'm just a learner and I'm sharing my journey with you all. 


  1. Nice jab Saadiya!! I can understand how frustrating it is not to get the right smokey look...everyone on YouTube seems to be getting it right but for me it just looks like I got punched! Hard! lol! So even I just go around making my own smokey! :)
    Appreciate the hardwork!! It sure does look like pain clicking pix while doing it.
    Anyway...where did you get the BenNye powder in Saudi Arabia? its a highlighting powder right?
    Well-wisher :)

  2. Good job! This smokey eye look is absolutely gorgeous... I love it!! You've explained it so well, its beautiful. the colours are great! Amazing post :) x


  3. I stumbled across your blog today and I love it. Your tips are great!


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