The smoky eye has long been a staple of after-hours cosmetics looks, but what about the daytime? When used with dark eyeshadow, this technique is undoubtedly one of the chicest ways to style yourself for an evening party or night out on the town. But if you just can't get enough of the smoky eye effect, you can revamp your routine and tweak your technique to make it look stunning - and not overdone - during the day.
1. Angled shadow brush: This is great for applying eyeshadow with absolute precision anywhere on your lid. It can also double as an angled crease brush when creating a smoky eye.
2. Classic smudge brush: This is essential when you don't want your eyeliner to look so much like a line - a key factor in creating a smoky eye. It can also be very effective at smudging eyeshadow in just the right places.
3. Blending brush: This brush is used to finish off the look. When you sweep it over your lid and crease, it removes any sharp edges between the different shadows.
4. Eyeliner brush: While you can use a pencil, reach for an eyeliner brush when using cream or cake formulas.
Choose your shadow
1. While you would normally opt for variations of black, silver and eggplant for nighttime smoky eyes, those hues will be too severe during the day.
2. Instead, choose browns, taupes and golds to give yourself a goddess-like glow. When you can, choose formulas with a bit of shimmer.
Create the look
1. Start by applying shimmery ivory eyeshadow from your lashes to your brows.
2. Sweep bronze shadow across your lids.
3. Dab a bit of gold in the center of your lids.
4. Apply a darker brown hue to the crease and outer corner.
5. Tightline your eyes or apply brown-hued cake formula using an eyeliner brush.
6. Use the blending brush to soften the look.
7. Curl your lashes and apply a few coats of mascara.