Sultry smoky eye make-up is one of the most popular eye make-up styles there is, and it never goes out of trend! There are different types of smoky eyes, and of course they can be created in multiple ways with various tools/colours. In general, sultry smoky eyes give a very dramatic, sexy appeal and it expands your eyes.
One thing that many people tend to get confused about is that smoky eyes don’t have to be created in dark or black colours. It can be created in any colours! Smoky eye is a style of eye make-up, it’s not about dark coloured eyes–it’s about placing a colour that is darkest in its shade closest to the top & bottom lash lines, and gradually fades out at the edge with a very smooth, blended, diffused edge.
“The key to sultry smoky eyes is all about BLENDING that diffused edge with a good eye shadow blending brush–blend, blend, blend!” – Tommy
I cannot emphasize that more than enough, it’s when you don’t blend the colours well, people think you have that funny looking raccoon eyes. I have shown an earlier make-up post that the two blending brushes that I like to use for smokey eye blending are: M·A·C #224 Tapered Blending Brush and M·A·C #217 Blending Brush. They both blend pretty well, but the main difference is that #224 brush is a bit softer in fibers and fits better for larger eyes, while #217 brush is a bit firmer and fits well for medium to smaller eyes. They both can do the trick!
Remember smoky eye makeup means smoky all around the edge of eyes, so don’t forget to blend the bottom eye make-up too! The brush that I love to use for blending the bottom eyes is M·A·C #219 Pencil Brush. It blends so well in both eye shadows and eye pencil colours with its soft pointed brush tip. These eye blending brushes make a smoky eye creation so much easier!
At Bobbi Brown, their most popular brush for eye shadow blending is their Eye Smudge Brush. The tapered end of this brush is designed for smudging to create a modern, soft, smoky eye. A lot of users find it to be a great brush for blending the smoky eyes as it’s soft, yet firm enough to fit into the crease for the smudging work.
Here is a chart and step-by-step instructions from Bobbi Brown’s make-up tips on how to create sultry smoky eyes. Although her way of creating the eyes is different from how I normally would do it, but if it helps you to understand better, it’s all good! It’s about how to achieve the look, and we all have our own ways of doing it!
A smoky eye is the most dramatic look for evening–it’s pretty and sexy. Remember to keep layering the color and continue to check until you like the look.
12 Steps to Sultry Smokey Eyes:
- Start with white shadow on the entire lid. Choose a medium, smoky color for the lower lid. Apply it three-quarters of the way up.
- Continue to layer the color to make it darker. Add a deeper color on top and in the crease to intensify the look.
- Concentrate on the crease. Continue to layer the shadow deeply enough to create the dramatic effect.
- Use your finger to soften the shadow.
- Using pencil or dark shadow or liner, apply in smooth strokes moving from the outer to the inner corner of the eyelid.
- To give the pencil line staying power, use a liner brush to sweep a layer of eye shadow over the pencil.
- Reapply more shadow to add more definition. Continue layering and checking for the effect you desire.
- Line underneath the eye beginning at the outside corner, moving toward the inner corner.
- Line as close to the lashes as possible.
- Soften the line using a clean finger or Q-tip.
- Smudge the line to create a smoky look, somewhere between liner and shadow. The liner can be thickened.
- Final smoky eye.
- Bobbi Brown Blog: How-To: Asian Smoky Eyes
Related blog posts in Tommy Beauty Pro:
- Bobbi Brown Beauty at Every Age
- Bobbi Brown’s “Pretty Powerful” Make-up Book
- Makeup 101: Create Simple Smoky Eyes with Estée Lauder
- Makeup 101: False Lashes on Asian Eyes
- Makeup 101: Smokey Eyes on Narrow-Set Eyes
- Makeup 101: Colour Theory & Make-up Artistry