The smokey eye is known for being a lot of things: sexy, celebrity-adored, and really, really time-consuming. Sometimes it feels like seamlessly blending all those shadows together is more of a marathon than a sprint. Or at least, it was until now.
We talked to superstar makeup artist Robert Greene, and he gave us an incredibly easy smokey eye tutorial that takes less than 10 minutes. Believe it or not, all you need is two products and a few common tools.
Forget the shadow. You can get smokey eye makeup by just applying eyeliner in the right way. You’ll need a black, chocolate brown, or dark gray kohl eye pencil. And to prevent smudges, stay away from those cream-based formulas. “Use a pencil that is slightly harder in consistency verses one that is soft and creamy,” says Greene. “The soft pencils break down a lot and will smudge more. My favorite is MAC Eye Kohl in Smoulder ($16.50, maccosmetics.com).”
You’ll also need to stock up on a mascara, Q-tips, an eyeshadow brush, and your fingers.
How to Get It:
First, line the lower and upper waterline with your pencil, squeezing your eyes shut afterwards for about 5 seconds. Then line your top lash line above the lashes. Repeat the same for the bottom, but drag your pencil with a slight slant. Be sure to keep the liner very close to the lash line, as Greene says anything below it could look like dark circles.
Next, Greene says to use your fingertip to smudge the lower and upper lash lines in small, light strokes. If it’s messy, Greene suggests using a Q-Tip to soften and tidy-up the look. Finish it off with a few coats of mascara, which Greene says will give “final definition and intensity to the eyes.”
Set the look (and reduce the chance of smudging later on) by dipping your eyeshadow brush in a translucent powder and brushing overtop the liner.
No multi-hue palette of eyeshadow, no 15-piece makeup brush kit—that’s literally it. Now that’s a smokey eye tutorial we can vouch for.
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