Friday, 22 November 2013

Tutorial: Easy Dramatic Smokey Eye

People call anything a smokey eye nowadays, it used to be one type of look but these days it can describe a multitude of different eye looks that are blended out in a soft way. As long as your eye look doesn't have harsh edges or a winged eyeliner, you can proudly call it smokey.

In this tutorial we're going to create a more traditional smokey eye, but one with a bit of colour to it. I chose a sparkling cobalt blue, but you can choose any dark colour of your choice! This look is also quite easy to do, so it's good practise for any beginners that are just starting to learn how to apply eyeshadow.

Step 1: Prime your eyelids

As always, prime your eyes with your favourite eye primer. This will prevent creasing and make the eyeshadow last a lot longer. I like to apply primer with my fingers, gently working it into my skin. Don't use too much, a pea sized amount is often more than enough.

Step 2: Apply a black creamy base

Do you remember my article about different kinds of bases? If you don't you can read it here. For this tutorial we're going to use a black creamy base. Don't use eyeshadow as a base because that'll just mix with the other eyeshadow. You need a creamy, sticky base. I'm using black kohl liner.

Don't be too careful with it, slap that baby on and make sure it's opaque. Don't worry if it looks messy, we're going to blend it later anyway.

Step 3: Blend!

For this step you  need an eyeshadow brush that's fluffy, but still a bit stiff. Cream bases are a bit toughter to blend so you'll need a stiffer brush for it. Just blend it out until you're happy, but don't be too perfectionistic with it. This eye look is actually pretty cool when it's still a bit messy.

Step 4: Apply eyeshadow

Take a flat eyeshadow brush and gently pat it on the eye in the area shown in the diagram. Pat, don't rub or swipe! Patting releases the most product. Repeat this step until you're happy with the opacity. 

Step 5: Blend again

As a last step, blend the area where the blue overlaps with the smoked out black and blend it for a softer transition. I also decided to line the inner rim of my eyes for a more intense look, but it's completely up to you whether you want to do that or not. We all have different tastes and styles. 

Voila, all done!

I especially love this look on green and hazel eyes, the deep blue makes the yellow undertones shine through, thus making green appear even greener! Because it's such a dark look, light eye colours will be enhanced as well because of the light v.s dark contrast. 

I like to combine this eye look with a subtle colour on the lips and cheeks so that the main focus goes to the eyes, it also helps making the look not too overwhelming. 

I hope you liked this tutorial! Please let me know if and when you try it out, I always love it when people do that. Have fun! 


  1. zo mooi! en fijn die foto dat je kunt zien dat het met een zwarte basis mooier is. ik moet dat denk ik ook gaan doen maar ben meestal lazy lol

  2. Dankjewel! Ik was ook altijd veel te lui hoor voor een basis haha, maar sinds ik laatst uit ging proberen wat verschillende basissen deden vond ik het toch wel een heel verschil maken.

  3. Ha nog een Redditor, wat leuk! Dankjewel, en vertel me zeker hoe het werd als je hem uitprobeert!

  4. Been loving experimenting with blue and with your help!

  5. sofianaz khalid13 May 2014 at 18:45

    Super gorgeous-professional and perfect..never in a long time I have seen such an EOTD that I can give happy give 5/5!! Keep it up!Great Tutorial!! And you're so so pretty!! Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorials