10 Tips to Help You Do a Better Smokey Eye

44 responses

  1. Delia
    December 26th, 2009

    great article by Allison, would like to put my hands on those 24/7 pencils

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      Thank you! The 24/7 liners are awesome, you’ll love them :)

  2. All Women Stalker
    December 26th, 2009

    Little Black Dress of the makeup world –> so true.

    Thanks for the tips. I needed to read this post, obviously. I’ve been experimenting on smoky eyes and I feel that I need to improve.

    -meream

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      Good luck with the experimenting! Isn’t it fun? :)

  3. amy
    December 26th, 2009

    Great tips! I love a smokey eye for the holidays or a night out.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Bling Bling Nails NOTD Sephora OPI Nail Lacquer Too Good For Him =-.

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      Thank you! Yeah, the smokey eye is perfect for nights out and events.

  4. Solé
    December 26th, 2009

    This post is all kinds of awesome. It is confirmation that I’ve been on the right track, but that no matter how much I think I know, there is always more I can learn from a professional. I’m going to try out those CVS brushes–they look like a great deal.

    Quick question: Do you apply The Multiple with a brush or your finger? You mentioned in item 5 that you use a fluffy brush to blend and apply highlight color but I didn’t know if you were referring to the browbone e/s or the creamy highlighter.

  5. scarlettholly
    December 26th, 2009

    I’m definitely going to take a look at CVS brushes. Really good tips, and further proof that I really need to get NARS Copacabana!
    .-= scarlettholly’s last blog post… Saturday Surfing Round Up =-.

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      Thank you! Hope you love them both :)

  6. Tiffany
    December 26th, 2009

    Great great tips!!! I need to work on practicing my smokey eyes!

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      Thanks, Tiffany! Have fun :)

  7. Glosslizard
    December 26th, 2009

    Great info, thanks for sharing! :)

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      You’re welcome! Glad you liked the post.

  8. Cat
    December 26th, 2009

    Awesome tips! I had never thought to blend in a circular motion. I’ll be adding that to my repertoire!

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      Yeah, blending in a circular motion really “smokes out” the shadow. Glad you liked the post!

  9. Allie
    December 26th, 2009

    Glad that everyone liked it!!!

    Sole–I apply The Multiple with my finger, but I use a brush for powder shadows. Sorry, I should have clarified that.

  10. Rati
    December 26th, 2009

    Great Post Allison. :) I love doing smokey eyes because they look the best on me. :P Tips 7 was the one to die for.
    .-= Rati’s last blog post… Some Beauties from Colorbar Soft Touch and Lakme Bridal Sutra =-.

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      Thank you, Rati! The smokey eye is definitely my favorite too.

  11. CC
    December 26th, 2009

    I’m definitely going to check out the makeup brushes at CVS. Thanks for the tip!

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      You’re welcome! Gotta love bargain makeup brushes that actually work :)

  12. Moni
    December 27th, 2009

    I’ve loved this post. Great tips & good writting. Thanks for sharing, Allison!

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      Thank you, Moni!

  13. BlovetBeauty
    December 27th, 2009

    i agree with having great brushes for a great smokey eye! I love to have tons of lashes to bring out the eyes!
    .-= BlovetBeauty’s last blog post… Merry Christmas! =-.

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      Good brushes and mega lashes are key. What kind of brushes do you use?

  14. Ellie
    December 27th, 2009

    Oh- I get it! Using different shades of the same color and blending! No wonder I had failed so miserably before.
    Thanks!

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      You’re welcome. Have fun practicing!

  15. Allie
    December 27th, 2009

    I’m glad everyone is finding this helpful! If you have any questions about the smokey eye or any other makeup questions, you can ask me here or email me at allisonbarbera@yahoo.com :)

  16. Veky
    December 27th, 2009

    I always put make up 1st on my eyes, and after I’m finished with my eyes I fix my face. :) I hate shadow fallout and that way is much easier :)

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      Yeah, definitely. It’s so easy to just erase with some eye makeup remover and not have to worry about messing up the face makeup.

  17. sunmom
    December 27th, 2009

    love this post! :) it’s kind of amusing that too faced e/s insurance was posted as the base instead of udpp…is it true that e/s is more difficult to blend on top of udpp?

  18. sandra
    December 27th, 2009

    Great post!!!! I could really use some tips as I seem to lost my “smokey eye skills” last Summer. THANKS!

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      Thank you, Sandra! Good luck getting your smokey eyes skills back. I’m sure it will come back to you in no time :)

  19. Allie
    December 27th, 2009

    Hi Sunmom,

    Glad you liked it! I’ve found that it’s easier to blend with the Shadow Insurance as a base, and I know a few other makeup artists who feel the same way, but if the Primer Potion works for you, go for it! It’s definitely a good quality primer, I just find it to be less creamy than the Shadow Insurance.

    -Allison

  20. J
    December 27th, 2009

    Thanks for the tips! I especially love all the product suggestions, theyre all so accessible :)

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      Thank you! I’m glad you found it helpful :)

  21. Sarah
    December 28th, 2009

    I used Allison on a movie shoot where she had to do multiple looks all in a short period of time. Not only is she the epitome of professionalism, but her work is outstanding. I would never hesitate to trust her advice–and these tips are awesome! Thanks Allison!

    • Allie
      January 3rd, 2010

      Thanks, Sarah!!!! I hope we get to work together again some day :)

  22. Karen
    January 3rd, 2010

    Allison, you rock! Thanks for sharing your insider smokey eye secrets. :)

  23. Allie
    January 3rd, 2010

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share!

  24. Cassandra Rae Ferguson
    March 3rd, 2010

    I have found that the biggest obstacle in people achieving a great smokey eye is assumption! Firstly, they assume a smokey eye needs to be black. This is simply not true, as the term ‘smoke’ refers more to the method of using colour depth & soft blending (i.e. real smoke has no harsh edges) rather than the colour/s used.

    Secondly, they assume that a smokey eye needs to be really dark and/or harsh. Again, this is not true. It need be only as dark/deep as you feel comfortable.

    If you can get past these myths, try the tips in this article along with quality brushes and lots of practice, you will reign over the smokey eye eventually!
    .-= Cassandra Rae Ferguson’s last blog post… Cassandra Rae Ferguson – Professional Makeup Artist Sydney =-.

  25. Emma
    June 1st, 2010

    Thanks SO much for the tips! But I am going to do this eye makeup on the 9th of June (soon) and so I was wondering if you could give me a simpler explanation. :) I live in Sweden so it won’t be as easy to find all of this, so if you could also tell me what you mean by the color shades and by for example primer (can I use vaseline?) then I would be extatic! Uum also, I am wearing a black dress with white polka dots and black shoes, I have blond/brown hair and green/grey eyes. Do you think this eyeshadow would look good on me and if not do you have any other eyeshadow suggestions? Thanks SO much,

    Emma x.

    • Allie
      June 2nd, 2010

      Hi Emma,

      Glad you liked the article! Let me try to get to all of your questions.

      1) Color shades are different colors in the same color family. So if you want to do a brown smokey eye, you’ll need a dark brown, a medium brown, a light brown. etc. You want the colors to blend into each other so you can’t tell where one ends and another one starts.

      2) I wouldn’t use Vaseline because it is way too greasy. If you can’t get a hold of an eye primer, try a cream based eyeshadow or even gel eyeliner in either the same color as your skin or in the same color family as the shadows you use.

      3) The color choice is really up to you! I think a gray and black or gray and silver smokey eye would look great. You could try something with purples, but that might be a little tricky.

      Please feel free to email me at allisonbarbera@yahoo.com with any other questions. Have fun at the wedding!

      -Allison

  26. Emma
    June 2nd, 2010

    Thanks again! Could you give me a walkthrough of how I am going to put the eyeshadow on though? I mean for example: You put the primer on, then start with dark black in the crease of your eye……………………….. don’t forget mascara as the last thing………… etc ? Because I am only 13 years old so I haven’t had enough practise to be able to just wing it :P I would really like to look proffesionally made up for my graduation which is the event I am attending. :) Thanks

    -Emma x.

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