It has been found in quite a few studies that young men actually prefer a smokey eye over bold lips. And it makes sense. To me, eyes are a very sensual part of the body, and they are very intriguing. While lips can be sexual, especially full lips, men don’t want to kiss them when they are covered in gobs of lip gloss. The trick to a smokey eye (especially when you have a light eye color) is not overdoing it, and finding the right color. The lighter your eyes are, the lighter you want to go on your shadow. If your eyes are smaller, do not go fully around your eye with liner, and don’t put it on your lash line.
A perfect smokey eye is difficult to get, but I will help you create one.
- Start by covering your whole lid from lash line to brow with a pale shade that matches your skin tone.
- Now cover just from lash line up into the crease with a shade a bit darker than the base shade.
- Take a medium dark shade, and smudge it into the crease.
- Take the darkest shade, and apply it to the outer corner. Smudge it slightly into the outer part of the crease as well.
- Blend the shades together.
- Apply eyeliner to the top, bottom, and outer corner. Don’t apply to the inner corner or water line.
- Smudge the eyeliner a little bit with a Q-tip to soften the harsh edges.
- Apply two coats of black or dark brown mascara to your top lashes; leave the bottom ones bare.
You can always do the classic black smokey eye. For the lid shade use a silver gray, for the crease use a deep gray, and for the outer corner use black. Finish with black eyeliner and mascara. If you want to accentuate your eyes more, you can use different colors. For blue eyes I like a light coppery brown for the lid shade. Use a deep copper shade for the crease, and a dark brown for the outer corner. Finish with dark brown eyeliner and black or dark brown mascara.
If you have green eyes, use a pale brown for your base shade and a medium eggplant brown. For the outer corner use a dark eggplant. Use brown or eggplant eyeliner and black mascara. For brown eyes I like the classic black smokey eye, but you can also use blue. Use a shimmery pale blue for the lid and a gray blue for the crease. Use a deep navy for the outer corners, and finish with navy or black eyeliner and black mascara. If you have small eyes, run a white liner along your water line and inner corner to help make your eyes look bigger (and to make them pop).
I hope this will help make your smokey eye dilemmas easier. If you have any tips or tricks that you use with your smokey eyes, leave a comment below!