A smokey eye is one of the most requested beauty looks out there – in fact, most make-up artists are so practiced at the style they could probably do it with their eyes closed – now there’s a challenge! With the demand for smokey shadow growing by the day, brands have cleverly catered to this via an array of beautiful makeup palettes, making the look easier to achieve than ever. Delightful.
Although they may not all be created equal, it’s a fact that all smokey eyes are extremely flattering and the perfect way to amp up your look for the evening. Here’s an edit of the top three smokey styles, created by some of our favourite vloggers, and why you should have them in your skill-set…
The Smokey Cat Eye by Jaclyn Hill
We urge you to skip through the first minute of this video because, although her smokey cat eye tutorial is on point, there’s some fluff at the start that doesn’t get you any closer to looking like Sophia Loren. Once you’re into the tips, tricks and advice you really do get the low-down on how to create one of beauty’s strongest – and most dazzling – looks. Of all the smokey eyes, this is the one that needs the most practice and time, but once perfected it’s like the PhD of makeup.
The Classic Smokey Eye by Lisa Eldridge
Debunking the myth that a smokey eye needs a vast beauty kit of eyeshadows and liners, Eldridge creates the most classic, feminine smokey look using just two shadows and one liner. As it true of all her videos, Lisa Eldridge makes it look so easy and gives you all the tips to make this a go-to look you can apply in no time at all.
The Perfect Smokey Eye for Everyone by PixiWoo
Smokey eyes can be incredibly glam, but they can also be more subtle and flattering if you play around with colour. This tutorial is a conventional smokey eye shape, but uses different tones – in this case purple – to make it more flattering for certain eye colours. Using colours that aren’t black, grey or brown make this kind of smokey look the most versatile, being one you can pair with a stronger lip or even wear in the day.