The perfect smokey eye: techniques and tips on how to create one.

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Do you think creating a smokey eye is too complicated? Virginie Vandelac will show you otherwise.

Start off by applying some cream eye shadow on your upper eyelid. Make sure it’s as close to your natural skin tone as possible. This clean canvas will make application of the other eye shadows easier and will boost the contrast of the charcoal that makes the eye smokey.

Start off by applying some cream eye shadow on your upper eyelid.

Be careful not to get charcoal shadow on your eyebrows!  To minimize misses, use a pencil instead; it’s more precise.

Using a black or dark grey pencil, draw a line along the roots of your upper eyelashesNot a pro at this? Don’t sweat it. You’ll be blending the line and the pale eye shadow with a small, dense brush. You’ve got this!

Using a black or dark grey pencil

As for opening an eye made heavy by charcoal, thin the line toward the inner corner of your eye and then blend it with downward strokes of the brush.

Complete the gradient by covering the pencil with a little eye shadow and applying this to your upper eyelid.

Complete the gradient

Try a neutral shade like taupe to make your smokey look more subtle. Or if you’re going for a more refined look, try navy blue, dark green or anthracite.

Use your pencil along your bottom eyelashes. If you’re worried you’ll weigh down your eye too much, just draw a short line at the outer corner of your eye and then finish it with eye shadow. Pay attention to where you draw your lines: stay as close to the roots of your lashes as possible, or even line the mucousy (white part) just inside the lid. Just don’t apply shadow under the eye. That’s way too heavy!

Use your pencil

This step is optional: if you have naturally drooping eyelids or dark circles, for example, it’s better to draw the focus to the upper part of your eyes. 

The finishing touch? Apply a dash of pale, matte or iridescent shadow to the inner corners of your eyes and under your eyebrows using a gradient mini-brush. The points of light will enlarge your eyes and add a little sparkle.

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The perfect smokey eye: techniques and tips on how to create one.

In no time at all, create a clean line that opens the eye! Virginie Vandelac shares her tips for the perfect doe’s eye.
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