How to Create a Red Carpet-Worthy Smoky Eye

Get a star gaze in five easy steps.

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The smoky eye look sported by stars en route to galas and events is a nighttime favorite for dressing up your eyes. And while all the smudging and blending may not be simple enough to perform blindfolded (not to mention achieving the right wing shape), we sought out a beauty expert to guide us along the path to smoldering, smoky eye perfection.

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The biggest smoky eye no-no is staying away from blue hues—which can make you look like you have under-eye circles—says Giorgio Armani makeup artist André Maurice. Instead, go for black, gray, brown, or—if you want "color"—dark green shadows and liners. Below, he shares five easy steps for recreating a gorgeous smoky eye on your own:

1. Apply a cream concealer over your eyelid to create a smooth base for your eyeshadow.

Try: Clinique's Airbrush Concealer and Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette.

2. Use a pencil liner to trace your top lashline.

Using the same pencil, dot between your lower lashes in a tightline technique and then smudge both lashlines with a cotton swab or brush.

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3. Sweep powder shadow (brown, gray, and dark green work best) over your lid and into your crease.

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Blend the color up and outward, says NYC makeup artist Morgen Schick.

Try: Make Up Forever 242 Large Blender Brush; Cover Girl Perfect Blend Pencil in Basic Black.

4. Dust a lighter, neutral eyeshadow (such as ivory) over just your browbone.

Or, to prevent color from fading and give your lids a more shimmery finish, pat a cream shadow over the concealer on your lid first, wait five minutes, then top with a matching powder shadow.

5. Finish with two coats of black mascara.

Try: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Mascara.


For a subtler, everyday look follow along with the video below that uses light, shimmery brown tones to enhance the eyes:

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