Although in my opinion cold weather completely sucks, I do appreciate that it allows me to wear dramatic makeup without the chance of it being sweat off my face. Smokey eyes are a beautiful, sultry way to accentuate your eyes, but what are they and how do you get them? 

First, let's talk about what a smokey eye is not. A smokey eye is not:

A light eyeshadow application (duh).

A defined liner (although sometimes it is paired with a smokey eye).

A "cut crease" shadow application...although, again, it can be paired with a smokey eye.

So what is a smokey eye? A smokey eye is:

A dark eyeshadow application with smudged, or "smoked out" liner on the top and bottom lash line.

It can be any color, as long as it's dark.

And it can take on many different forms. For instance:

You can have a super smudgy, greasy rock and roll cat eye.

You can have a soft, subtle smokey eye.

Then there's all sorts of dramatic, avant garde smokey eyes.

Here's an example of a cut crease smokey eye:

And here's a smokey cat eye:

Now that we know what a smokey eye looks like, how do we achieve it? Surprisingly it's much easier than you think.

There are two keys to achieving a smokey eye. First, apply your smokey eye before any other makeup. Second, BLEND!!!!!!! Besides that, there is no one set way to achieve a smokey eye, but I'll tell you how I like to do mine!

First we need the tools. For a more intricate smokey eye, having the correct tools is absolutely essential.

You'll need an eyeshadow brush, a precision pencil brush, a crease brush depending on your lid size (a precision crease for small lids and a regular crease for normal to large lids), a blending brush and a smokey liner brush. For info on the brushes above, click here.

And then of course you need the products:

For product info click here.

I first prime my clean lids with an eyeshadow primer, using a minuscule amount, ensuring that I thoroughly and evenly blend it all over my eye. Improper blending of the primer can lead to difficulty blending your shadow later on!

I then press a bronze shadow all over my lid, from the lash line to the crease. Due to my eye shape (a descending, hooded almond eye), I prefer a slightly cut crease smokey eye so I then use a precision pencil brush to place a black-brown shadow in my outer crease and outer corner of the eye. I then softly dip my crease brush in the same shadow color and blend that back and forth into my crease in a windshield wiper motion. After that I take a clean blending brush and blend the upper portion of my shadow application til there are no harsh lines. To ensure my eyes don't "get lost" in the shadow, I use a cream highlighter on my brow bone and in the inner corner of my eye.

Now for the smokey business. I apply a black gel liner to my upper lid and then smudge it out with a smokey liner brush. I repeat this on the lower lash line, blending the cream with my dark powder shadow to ensure that it stays in place. Then it's time to load on the mascara; the blacker the better! I then tightline my eyes with a waterproof pencil for a more dramatic effect.

If I have any fallout, which I mostly always do, I'll clean up underneath with moisturizer on a q-tip and then do the rest of my makeup. 

So that's one way to do a smokey eye! Some people like to place their darker shadow on their lid and then blend that up into a lighter shadow for a sort of opposite-sunset look. You can also just line your eyes super thick and then smudge it out for an edgier smokey eye. The sky is the limit!

Many ladies get a little discouraged with their smokey eye, but I encourage you to practice, find the smokey eye that works for your and DON'T FORGET TO BLEND! I've seen so many women apply almost the perfect smokey eye and then give up, when all they really needed to do is keep blending. And rememebr, q-tips are your best friend!

Lovelies, what's your favorite smokey eye? 

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