MUA Monday – Create Smoky Eyes in 5 Minutes

Despite common conception, I don’t believe it should take too long to create smoky eyes. I often see lengthy smoky eye tips & tutorials – some with over 8 or 9 steps (who has time for that?). Well, I’m here to show you that it shouldn’t take longer than 5 minutes to create a fierce smoky eye.

I was in a huge rush on Saturday night as I was out all day, and then had to get ready for a last-minute event. I had 30 minutes to get ready before going out again, so there was no way I was going to wash my face and start over on a blank canvas. I wanted to create sultry eyes to match the warm nighttime atmosphere, so I simply worked with my daytime look to create these smoky eyes:

Like? Here are simple steps to achieve this look:

  • First, re-enforce your medium tone by using the Blending Brush and a deeper, warm taupe satin/shimmer texture shadow over the entire lid and crease for a well blended base.
  • Follow with a matte black shadow from the 120 Color Eyeshadow Palette 5th Edition (to bring more drama to the look you may use the matte black shade with golden flakes) and stipple it over the entire lid with the Contour Blending Brush. Begin by stippling from the lash line up toward the crease for a smooth build of color.
  • Dip the Blending Brush into a cool matte brown shade and blend the black and taupe shades together.
  • Apply an additional coat of mascara and a bright color to your lips, and you are out the door!

If you’re not familiar with our 120 Color Eyeshadow Palette 5th Edition, here are several swatches I took:

Tell me your smoky eye tips in the comments below!

-Julia

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