How To: The Celebrity Smokey Eye

Celebrities always look fabulous on the red carpet. Well, there may be one fashion blooper or two but one thing in common about these celebs is that they parade down the scarlet runway with the ever popular and classic Smokey Eye. We’ve seen it on Kim Kardashian, Kristen Stewart and of course — let’s not forget — Angelina Jolie.

While make-up artists have their secrets to creating this look, we made it very simple for everybody. This is a step by step guide on how to create the Smokey Eye look your way. Before we begin, just a few reminders:

a. This look is great for night time; b. You can wear a downplayed version of it during the day; and c. Pair it with a nude lipstick on your lips.

Alright. Down to business. Start with a clean and moisturized face — and when we say moisturized face, that means your lips too so lip balm should work.

Step 1: Do your regular foundation routine. For more tips on how to apply foundation check out our article: How to Apply Foundation Flawlessly.

Step 2: Conceal those imperfections. Here’s a concealer tip: If you have redness around your eyes or nose (or anywhere in your face for that matter), go for a green color corrector. The corrector still works the same way as a concealer but it helps neutralize the redness on your face.

Step 3: Make sure that your foundation won’t go anywhere by setting it. Simply take a fluffy brush. Swirl it over some powder. Don’t use too much. What we need is something to set your foundation with so we only need a small amount. Here’s a tip: really fluffy brushes or kabuki brushes work best in distributing the powder evenly.

Step 4: Prime your eyelids. This is one case where we definitely need a primer. If it’s your first time to hear this word, read our article on primers: To prime or not to prime? We need a primer because we basically want your eyeshadow to last longer and we want a better color payoff.

On to Smoke creation.

Step 5: Your face should be ready for “painting”. Start off with eyeshadow that’s similar to your skin color. Apply that all over your eyelids. Highlight your brow bone with a shimmery nude color. It doesn’t have to be perfect since we’re going to blend everything with a darker color.

Step 6: Take whatever dark color eyeshadow you want. We’re doing this your way so you choose. You can go for a brown, a black, a dark purple or a midnight blue if you like. Start putting just a small amount on your crease but not all the way through. About a third will do. Apply the same color on your lower lashes as well. The key to this step is blending so make sure not to be impatient and blend out all the harsh lines.

Step 7: Do the finishing touches and put on blush and lipstick and mascara.

You should have something that looks like this. You’re ready for a night of fabulosity!