You can't go wrong with a smokey eye, except when trying to recreate one.
This super punchy look draws attention to the eyes and means you can afford to play it a lot simpler with the rest of your face makeup.
Plus, you never need to worry about it smudging on a night out because it just accentuates the look rather than ruining it.
Don't worry though, we've got six simple steps that anyone can follow to create the perfect smokey eye and wow everyone with your makeup.
1. Firstly, prepping the eye area is hugely important to ensure your make-up stays looking fresh all night long. Massage BIO-EXTRACTS’ Age Defying Eye Contour cream into the eye contour area to brighten and moisturise before applying this smokey look. The advanced, hydrating formula will help to reduce those pesky dark circles, and really make your dark and dramatic finished look ‘pop’!
BIO-EXTRACTS Age Defying Eye Contour cream, £24
2. Next, you will need the perfect primer to keep the product locked in all day and all night. There’s nothing worse than a smokey eye runs into the heat and sets into your fine lines. Urban Decay’s Eye Shadow Primer Potion makes shadow apply more smoothly, and keeps your eye make-up in place for 24 hours!
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, £17.50
3. You want to start with your lightest shade, so for the second stage you will need to apply highlighter to the inside corner of the eyelid and under the eyebrows. This will open up your eyes amongst all that dark, smokey shadow. Try Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Beauty Light Wand for a soft and luminous effect.
Hollywood Beauty Light Wand, £29
4. Now it’s time to apply the shadow. Starting with a medium shade, apply to the top eye lid and then, using a smaller brush, apply some to the lower eyelid. You then want to take the darker shade and, starting from the outside corner of the eyelid, sweep a C shape around the crease of the eyelid halfway inwards, so that it shadows the outside third of the eye. Charlotte Tilbury’s The Rock Chick eye shadows have highly pigmented shades that mean you get long-lasting colour. A smokey eye shouldn’t have any harsh lines, so use the Laura Mercier smudge brush to blend the different shades together.
The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, £39
Laura Mercier Smudge Brush, £20.50
5. The fifth stage is adding your eyeliner. You want to apply the liner as close to the lash line as possible. Eyeko’s Black Magic Liquid Liner has a precision tip which helps you get that perfect cat eye flick.
Black Magic Liquid Liner, £16
6. Finally, no smokey eye is complete without long, luscious lashes, so add your most voluminsing mascara. The Rock Out Lash Out Mascara from Eyeko lets your lashes take centre stage, adding thickness, length and amplified volume.
Rock Out, Lash Out Mascara, £19