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Grey eyeshadow might be a popular go-to for smokey eye makeup look, but it’s definitely not your only option. This red carpet classic can be created with every single shadow shade in your palette, from those light blues (trust us) to the deep, eggplant purples. We put together this celebrity smokey eye color wheel to prove it. No matter your favorite shadow shade, a smokey eye look is waiting for you.
One way to transform the grey smokey eye? Try it in a matte finish just like Laverne Cox—and don’t be afraid to pair it with an equally as eye-catching matte lipstick shade.
A deep charcoal or midnight black shadow shade in a metallic finish can completely transform your look. If edge is your end goal, go for a look just like Vanessa Hudgens. After applying shadow, utilize your eyeliner by applying a thick line to the upper lashes and smudge it out for even more of a statement.
Bronze shadow is so versatile, and in a metallic finish, it is one of our all-time favorite eye makeup looks. Katy Perry’s has just the right amount of sparkle. Apply it lightly on the bottom lash line (kind of like bottom liner) for the full effect.
Double up maroon shadow with a light bronze to create something fantastic similar to Jennifer Lopez. We love how the shadow is extended out beyond the lid and how the lighter shade of shadow highlights her brow bone.
Neutral shades in shimmery finishes make for the best 9-5 smokey eye looks. Jenna Dewan-Tatum paired her shadow mixture with lots of lashes and a creamy pink lipstick.
Yep, even the light blue shadow in your palette can make an amazing smokey eye. Hear us out. They key to getting blue eye makeup right is all about application (i.e. don’t go too crazy) and pairing it with glowy skin and a neutral lip. Zoe Kravitz wore it on her top and bottom lash lines, plus a dab of the shimmer in the inner corners of her eyes.
We don’t see this on the red carpet enough, but Sarah Jessica Parker is proof that green shadow can make a dreamy smokey eye. Whether you opt for something with a hint of aquamarine or love pastels with shimmer, copy SJP and try a nude glossy lip to finish off the look.
Do not ignore those purple shadow shades in your palette! Blend eggplant and violet hues to get a look like Taraji P. Henson. It’s less severe than grey and works all year long. Create a gradient of colors, blending up to your brow bone for more of a dramatic effect—just watch out for harsh lines and groomed eyebrows are a must.
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