Eye Makeup Look: How I Finally Learned to Master Smokin' Eyes

Susan Yara

Posted 10/12/10 at 04:13PM by Susan Yara

Every time I attempt to create a smoky eye, my efforts seem to go up in flames. So for my BFF's wedding, I decided to get a little help from makeup artist Santos at the Frederic Fekkai Salon in New York City. It turns out I was doing it all wrong.

Here's how he said I could get it right next time I try:

Step 1: Use a primer for staying power. Products like Benefit Stay Don't Stray, $24 act like double-stick tape so smoky shadow won't turn into raccoon eyes.

Step 2: Choose the right shade. Smoky doesn't mean black. Santos suggested going with a cobalt gray shade for a more natural look or a jet black if you want something more dramatic.

Step 3: Layer it on. Start applying light layers from your lid into your crease, blending the color upward. Oh, and be sure you do this before applying your foundation. Otherwise, cleaning up shadow flecks won't be much fun.

Step 4: Line it. Use a liner -- black, gray, or silver to rim your lids and create sultry definition.

Step 5: Highlight. Top off your look with a white or gold highlighter applied just under your browbones to reflect a little light.

Step 5: Mascara is a must. Flick on a few jet black coats and ta-da -- smokin' hot eyes.

So here's a pic of the final result. What do you think?

Learn how to create other wedding-worthy makeup and hair looks here.

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1-6 of 8 Comments

  • Posted by EricaF123 on 04/13/13 at 02:00pm

    So pretty & great tips

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/20/11 at 01:18am

    You look great, and those earrings are fabulous!

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  • Posted by Bon_Bon on 02/21/11 at 01:35pm

    Awesome tips!

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  • Posted by kenya on 11/28/10 at 12:43pm

    these are a great tips! and there are so many great tips on youtube too.

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  • Posted by pynkNymphette on 11/23/10 at 05:20pm

    WOW! You have perfect, extremely white teeth! I think the eyes look fab, by the way. Smokey eye is my favorite make up look

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  • Posted by rebecca_beata on 10/18/10 at 03:14pm

    Where you can go along with world trends on ~~( Mygoodbag)~~~.There are so many fashion items you need and all the big brand you love.

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