What Are the Keys to Applying Smokey Eye Makeup?

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Proper makeup blending is the key to getting smoky eyes. This stylish look can be achieved using primer, eyeshadow, an eyeshadow brush, eyeliner and mascara. It is a moderately difficult makeup style, and it takes around 10 minutes to complete.

  1. Prime the eyelids

    Adding primer to the eyelids is necessary so that skin oils and sweat do not cause the makeup to run. Swipe it across the eye, and then allow it to dry.

  2. Apply eyeliner above the upper lash line

    Choose a color from the same family as your desired end result. Make the line thicker in the middle of the eye. For a jewel-toned smoky eye, use a deep green, purple or blue eyeliner.

  3. Blend the bottom

    Using a finger, smudge the color on the bottom eyelashes. About.com recommends using an eyeliner pencil for easier smudging. For a full smudge effect, add a small amount of eyeshadow.

  4. Add a lightly colored base

    It is important to pair a light base with a darker color. Gently apply a lighter base over the eyelids, stopping at the brow bone.

  5. Blend a darker color below the crease

    Use an eyeshadow brush to blend a darker hue, starting at the lash line and blending upward. Blend color into the lash line to make the eyeliner vanish.

  6. Compare eyes

    Make sure that the makeup is applied evenly and symmetrically.

  7. Add mascara

    For dark, thick eyelashes, add a couple of coats of mascara. The eyelashes can also be curled, if desired.