How to do a Simple Smokey Eye
Emily, our Napoleon Perdis expert does a stunning and sultry smokey eye. The best bit?
She only uses two shades of eyeshadow to achieve this look AND it can be done in under five minutes.
Emily shows us how to create a striking smokey eye for green eyes, blue eyes and brown eyes.
This technique can be used with any colour palette.
All you need is two complementary shades.
You can thank her later.
Whatever your eye colour, three rules apply when creating a smokey eye.
Apply the lighter colour all over the eyelid, and blend it up to the crease. You want the light colour to fade to just under the brown bone.
- Round eyes: Apply the darkest colour on the outer lid and blend it outwards to elongate the eye.
- Almond eyes: Concentrate the darkest colour along the crease to define it and open up the eye.
- Hooded eyes**: Hooded eyes are the exception. Place the darker colour all over the mobile lid and then blend and fade the colour out to the crease line. You can then put a lighter colour under the brow bone and blend the two colours together. This creates the illusion of a larger eyelid.
** See green eyes for how to achieve a smokey eye for hooded eyes
You don't need to have a fancy brush range in order to do a smokey eye.
Just one hard-working brush can be used for both applying and blending the light and dark eyeshadow.
You can achieve a smokey eye with a natural eyeshadow palette, however if you want your eyes to pop, I recommend the following:
Please note, this is an example of a smokey look for a hooded eye.
In this case, the darker colour is all over the mobile lid and the lighter colour just under the brow bone, then blended together.
Complete the look by lining the eyes with Napoleon Perdis China Doll Gel Eye Liner in Yin for a sharp effect or Forbidden City for a softer look.
Finish with a coat of Napoleon Perdis Mesmer-Eyes Mascara.
Now you're ready for wherever the night takes you.
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