Creating a smoky eyes effect involves layering shades of makeup and blending them together. Traditionally, the darkest shade goes on first, near the lash line, the medium shade on the main part of the lid and the lightest shade on the brow bone.
A neutral layer goes first all over the lid and brow bone area, followed by a dark, easy to smudge liner or eye shadow by the lash line. The medium shade brings the darker shade together with the highlighter. It gets blended around the crease and the outward corner of the eye to create the smoky effect. The smoky eye effect works with many ranges of colors, as long as it blends different shades together.