Creating a smoky eye look is simple and can be done with either brown or black eye shadow. It involves using several shades of the same basic palette of eye shadow and blending and smudging the colors together to create the desired look, according to Cosmopolitan Magazine.
A smoky eye look typically requires an eye shadow palette containing four colors of shadow. The first step in creating smoky eyes is to cover the eyelids with foundation, using that as a primer on which to layer the eye shadow. The next step is to dampen a narrow makeup brush and use it to paint on the darkest color of eye shadow as eyeliner on the upper and lower lash lines. Before the shadow can dry, one should blink, so as to deposit some of the dark eye shadow into the crease of the eye.
The next step is to fill in the gap in the eyelid between the two deposits of dark shadow with the second-darkest eye shadow. This is followed by using the softest color in the palette to fill in from the crease upwards to the eyebrows. That is typically the second-lightest color. Next, the lightest color is used delicately on the inside corner of the eye and under the lower lashes. Finally, the darkest color of shadow should be applied once more as eyeliner, using a cotton swab to smudge it. The final step is to curl the eyelashes and apply dark mascara.