how-to: the easy smoky eye

It’s time to stop being intimidated by the smoky eye. With modern, easy-to-blend formulas, anyone can master this sultry, lived-in look.

In this video, I use shimmering taupe and warm gold, but you can use these simple techniques to work with any shade—plum, navy, emerald, bronze—for a smouldering effect. The smudgier the better.


Ilia: Silken Shadow Stick in Age of Consent

Starting your smoky eye with a cream shadow base gives it a more modern, lived-in look that gets better the longer you wear it.


Alima Pure: Natural Definition Eye Pencil in Ink and Coffee

A creamy pencil is ideal for creating a smoky eye. Try using a black pencil on top, and a brown on the lower lash line for a softer look. No need to be precise—just swipe it on and smudge!


RMS Beauty Master Mixer

This rose-gold highlighter is gorgeous on the high points of the face, and it also plays well with eyeshadow. Dab onto the center of your eyelid for a sheen that will catch the light just so.


EcoBrow Defining Wax

When you wear a smoky eye, always do your brows last. You may need less definition than you think. This pomade blends effortlessly into brows for a natural effect.


W3ll People Expressionist Mascara

Last, but not least, add several coats of black mascara. In this case, more is more.