Eye Makeup: Soft Smokey Eyes- Makeup Tutorial

by Mrunmayee on October 13, 2010 · 70 comments

Despite of the phenomenal obsession of women all over the world with Smokey eyes, I have still seen many women shying away from them.

Either they find the black smokey eye look-

  • too bold or
  • too stark or
  • too dark or simply,
  • too much!

Also, some of my friends who have small or deep set eyes also complain about smokey eye look. The stark black shadows may make small or deep set eyes look even smaller and like two black balls.

So I thought of this soft, black smokey eye look which will help brighten small/deep set eyes and also give that coveted smokey look.

Also the women who find the use of black shadow difficult can benefit from this tutorial.

I am using:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow in “Midnight Cowboy rides again”
  • Maybelline Chai latte Quad
  • Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner
  • Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Waterproof Mascara

Tools you’ll need-

  • A flat eye shadow brush
  • A fluffy e/s blending brush

To finish the look, I have used-

  • MaxFactor Miracle Touch Creamy blush in Soft candy
  • Maybelline Watershine Gloss in Caramel Cream

Let’s start-

1. This look is pretty simple.

2. Prep and prime your face. Apply concealer and foundation. Set it with a powder. I have skipped foundation. Using Maybelline Compact powder only.

smokey eye prep and prime your face

smokey eye prep and prime your face

3. With a flat concealer brush/fingers apply the primer on entire lid.

smokey eye apply shadow

smokey eye apply shadow

4. With a flat shadow brush, apply a shimmery cream/silver or any light coloured shadow on the entire lid right upto brow bone.

smokey eye blend

smokey eye blend

5. Do up both the eyes and blend to ensure even application.

Both Eyes

Both Eyes

6. Apply the Outer corner Colour from the Chai Latte Quad (Any dark brown Crease Colour) in the crease and outer corner, and blend well.

smokey eye chai latte quad

smokey eye chai latte quad

7. Apply a thin line with Maybelline Gel liner on the upper and lower lash line and smudge it lightly before it dries. Wing out the liner on upper lash line. You can also use liquid liner for this purpose. I have deliberately avoided the use of eye pencil, as the point is to provide a definition to the lash lines.

8. The lines will not smudge entirely, so will add definition. Gel liners can be blended a bit, So it will add the smokey effect.

smokey eye blend gel liner

smokey eye blend gel liner

9. Ensure a thin line on the upper lash line, So that the light, shimmery shadow is visible on the lid.

10.  Do up both the eyes.

smokey eye both eyes

smokey eye both eyes

11. Apply the highlighter colour from the Maybelline Chai latte Quad in the inner corner of the eye.

smokey eye highlighter

smokey eye highlighter

12.  Curl lashes and apply lots of mascara. Fill in your eyebrows and accentuate the brow arch.

smokey eye apply mascara

smokey eye apply mascara

13.  The Urban Decay eye shadow is highly reflective. But it is also quite sheer. You can actually see my lids. You can use a more opaque shade if you like.

14.  One more-

smokey eye finishing touches

smokey eye finishing touches

15.  Finish the smokey eye look with a warm blush and nude, glossy lips.

smokey eye final

smokey eye final

I hope you all liked the smokey eye tutorial. 🙂

More Smokey Eyes:

Brown Black Smokey Eye Makeup
Black Smokey Eye Tutorial
Smokey Eye: Brown Black Smokey Eye Tutorial
Blue Black Smokey Eye Makeup (Video)
Silver Blue Smokey Eyes Tutorial
Smokey Eye: How to Get Smokey Eyes

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{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

bulbul October 13, 2010 at 3:44 am

u r looking HOT. :inlove: nice tut. 🙂 u hav very expressive eyes. :hypnotized:

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 9:50 am

Awww.. Thanks Bulbul… :shy: :shy: :shy:

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Appu October 13, 2010 at 5:27 am

Lookin’ great :yes: :yes: :yes: The tutorial is so wearable too!! Great job Mrun 🙂

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 9:51 am

Thanks a lot Appu.. It’s good to know it’s useful… :-)) :-))

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jomol October 13, 2010 at 7:06 am

Hey Mrun……………..good to see you back…. :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: ….lovely, simple, and such a wearable look…… :-))

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 9:52 am

Thankies Jomol… Love you.. :-* :-* :-*

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anshu October 13, 2010 at 8:35 am

Hi Mrun…..Final pic is damn gud..u r looking sooooooooooooooooooooooo pretty….. :-* :-*

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 9:53 am

Thanks Anshu… A loooooooooooooooot…. :-* :-*

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anshu October 13, 2010 at 8:37 am

and btw u were playing cards game on sys bfor this tutorial???? 😀 😀 😀

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 9:54 am

Er.. you noticed… :shame: :shame: :shame:

I am addicted to Spider Solitaire… 😀 😀

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calicoaster October 13, 2010 at 8:56 am

You are looking so pretty Mrun!! :-)…..beautiful look!

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 9:55 am

Thanks Cali.. :-* :-*

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Rati October 13, 2010 at 9:12 am

Fantastic Tutorial , Mrunmayee…

I loved the eye shadow colour. So wearable…. :yes: :yes:

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calicoaster October 13, 2010 at 9:44 am

I also want to do some nice eye look!! … 😐 😐 😐

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anshu October 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm

but when cali….i m waiting and waiting to c u’r new makeup avataar… 😀

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 9:56 am

Isn’t it Rati??? I loved the colour:inlove: :inlove: :inlove:… It works great as highlighter too.. I hate stark white highlighters…

@cali… Pls do an eye look…

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Rati October 13, 2010 at 10:19 am

me too, M. Thye just don’t match my skin tone as well. :((

And Cali is pretty good with her makeup. She knows how to do :vampire: makeup :vampire: :vampire: :vampire: :vampire: :vampire:

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calicoaster October 13, 2010 at 10:59 am

lol..yeah..I only know how to make a bhooooooooooot of myself!! 😛 :-((

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calicoaster October 13, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I made a video, but donno how to edit and cut down the boring stuffs!! 🙁 Guess I’d have to send the photo tutorial!! ..And the video has all come bluish..for donno what reason!! ….Have to do it again I guess!! :-(( … And I’ve got 3 pimples on my faceee…grrrrrrrrrrrr :pissedoff: pissedoff: pissedoff: pissedoff:

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Radhika October 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm

It has to be bluish nooo…vampire makeup…hehehehehee or you will be glimmering shimmering in bright light 😀 : D 😀

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anshu October 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Hi cali…i m sending u :hammer: or :pill: use either of it..for u’r pimpos…but send the tutorail pics sooooon.. 🙄 🙄

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calicoaster October 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm

🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

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Rati October 13, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Me waiting waiting,….. :-* :-* :-* :-*

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Janhavi October 13, 2010 at 9:31 am

ZOMG !!!!!! Thats an awesome eye look !!!!!! :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:

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Giasaysthat October 13, 2010 at 9:59 am

Awesome Mrun 😀 loveddddddddddddddddddddd the loooooooooooook !! :-*

Also,
In the last picture you look like

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN
sort of yes 😀
:yes: :yes: :yes:

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 10:02 am

OMG… Gia…. 😯 😯 I don’t think so :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: …
But thanks for the compliment…. 😀 😀 😀

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Rati October 13, 2010 at 10:17 am

GIa , :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:

Howzz you? 🙂

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 9:59 am

Thanks Jahnavi.. I’d love to see you all try it…

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bhumika October 13, 2010 at 10:00 am

amazin work mrun… :yes: :yes:

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 10:03 am

Thanks Bhumika… :-)) :-)) :-))

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thePURPLEspirit October 13, 2010 at 10:27 am

Hi everyone! I’ve been a lurker.. never commented much except for a coupla times maybe.. and Mrun this look is awesomeeee! I have large eyes and whenever i do smokey eyes i look like a racoon!!!! :-/ :beatup: :beatup: :panda: :panda:
Could you also maybe do a smokey eye look with matt finish, i mean without shimmer, that we can carry off for office… tried everything! Bought so many palettes but nothing works! Woe is me! :-((

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 2:22 pm

You can check out some of the previous tutes.. There is a neutral colours look as well as the brown smokey eyes by Rati.. Both will help you out!!

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Smita T October 13, 2010 at 10:29 am

the last pic is SMOKIN !! mrunmayee u look like ur just ready to pounceee !! :tiger: :tiger:

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Oooohh… Thanks Smita T… I’ll purr for you because you are so sweet…

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monika October 13, 2010 at 10:56 am

You look great & this is such a simple tutorial….will try this

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Please try it Monika. And tell us if this works for you… :-* :-*

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butterfly October 13, 2010 at 11:19 am

nice tut..lookin nice dear..

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Thanks Butterfly…. :-)) :-))

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HD October 13, 2010 at 11:40 am

Lovely look Mrun!!! Fantastic job done!! :yes: :yes:

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Radhika October 13, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Mrun..cannnnnot believe I almost missed this post 😯 😯 😯 You are back and wowwwww :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* Loved your easy tutorial, as always, and so happy to see you back and healthy…kicked out dattee yellow fever :victory: :dance: :-* :-* :-* :-*

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Datty yellow fever is ancient history re….

So glad you liked the tute… It’s a safe one.. Very difficult to mess up…

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Radhika October 13, 2010 at 2:48 pm

And..ya even I feel like you like the Kardashian sis in some way ?:-)

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm

?:-) ?:-) ?:-) Naahhh………

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Mrunmayee October 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Thanks HD… :-* :-* :-*

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Deepika October 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm

the look is so wearable :yes: :yes: :yes:
good work Mrun 🙂
i soooo wish i had the maybelline gel eye liner :-((

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Rati October 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I finally picked up Hiamalaya Cleansing Milk :sweat: :sweat:

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ik October 13, 2010 at 8:27 pm

yay! sooooo pretty this is!!:D:D i saw this post early morning when i was half asleep then pictures were not opening. :D:Di loved it!! you cant go wrong with something like this! :):) perfect!! :-* :-* :-*

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Sharon October 14, 2010 at 12:37 am

LOVED the look :heart: :heart: !! Mrunmayee look so pretty even in the first pic with no makeup or even foundation :yes: :yes:

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Sabrina October 14, 2010 at 3:44 am

Hi Mrun….Lovely tut. You are looking sooooooooo pretty in the last pic. What did you use on your lower lash line?

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Sabrina October 14, 2010 at 3:45 am

Ooops, sorry, just scrolled up again & read that you used Maybelline gel eye liner.

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anks October 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm

nice…. definitely worth a try for beginners! like moi… i too shy away from dramatic smokey eyes!

you playing solitaire on the comp before starting on this tut kya?

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