Smokey eyes are one of the easiest looks to achieve. I can’t say this enough: blending is the key to achieving this look. I know I sound like a broken record, “Blend, blend, blend!” – but so many people forgo it and end up with a mess. Smokey eyes can be as subtle or dramatic as you want, but the lines should be diffused – hence the name, smokey. For this Makeup Monday, I decided to give you a step by step guide to achieving a simplistic smokey eye:

1) Prep your lids with a neutral base or primer. I used MAC Bare Study paint pot, all over my lids and up to my brows.
2) OPTIONAL: Using a soft black eyeliner, color in your lids (only up to the crease), following the natural eye shape. Blend with your finger or a sponge tipped applicator.
3) Apply a soft black eyeshadow (I used MAC Carbon) to your lids and up to your crease, following your natural eye shape.
4) Using a more concentrated crease brush (I use either the MAC 219 – my favorite – or the E.L.F. crease brush), pack the same black eyeshadow into your crease and on your outer lids. You want the pigment a little darker here.
5) Blend like crazy, up and out. You want this to look diffused, with no harsh lines. This is going to bring the softened color above your crease and extended a bit in your outer lid. To blend, I use a MAC 224 in small, circular motions. If you don’t have a brush like this, you can use a regular eyeshadow brush (same small, circular motions) or even your finger.
6) Put a little bit of shimmery white/silver/pink or whatever light color eyeshadow you want on the very outside of the black. Blend it into the shadow. This will make the outside even softer.
7) Add a little more of that shimmery shadow in the inner corners of your eyes, and on your brow bone (I skipped the brow bone because my base was already shimmery).
8) Line the top and bottom lash line. Smudge with a brush or sponge applicator.
9) OPTIONAL: Go over the bottom lash line with black shadow and blend.
10) Add mascara. Done!

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

  1. Zaira Mabel says: August 17, 20103:58 am

    Seriously, how can someone be this pretty?!

  2. Hal says: August 17, 20103:58 am

    you look lovely! good job. i get so impatient with blending.

    HALCOHOLIC.com

  3. The Little Dust Princess says: August 17, 20104:00 am

    I love this simple look! It looks great on you :)

  4. Amber Rose says: August 17, 20104:01 am

    You're really good at explaining the steps. :)

    Looks like we know what my makeup will look like tomorrow!

  5. Liana says: August 17, 20104:15 am

    this is gorgeous! you're really good at blending!

  6. Mary Ann says: August 17, 20104:18 am

    Absolutely stunning – love it!

  7. Santina says: August 17, 20104:39 am

    Makeup does not come naturally to me so thanks for the detailed steps! I look forward to trying this.

    Santina
    http://stylebysantina.blogspot.com/

  8. Rachel says: August 17, 20104:41 am

    This is probably the dumbest makeup question you'll ever get but since you emphasized it: HOW do you blend? Rub in circles, or in lines? With a brush, fingers, or sponge? It usually looks like a big mess when I attempt anything other than eyeliner.

  9. Lulu says: August 17, 20104:42 am

    wow, perfect! my smoky eyes are always really dramatic and you can't ever see a line as to where they start and end. all in all i go for a messier approach, but i loooove the way you did this =]

  10. Keiko Lynn says: August 17, 20105:19 am

    Thanks, everyone!
    Rachel: I just edited the post to give details. Thank you for asking! I use a MAC 224 brush in small, circular motions.
    http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/spp.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT145&PRODUCT_ID=265

  11. Estefany says: August 17, 20105:24 am

    I love it! SO perfect, not too harsh on the eyes. Thank you for posting!

  12. Zabrinah says: August 17, 20106:43 am

    I adore the eyeshadow! So beautiful. I'm going to try it!

    :)

    Best wishes from one blogger to another,

    ~Zabrinah

  13. amaturecouture says: August 17, 20107:17 am
  14. ciupa says: August 17, 20107:30 am

    Absolutely stunning!

  15. Stephanie says: August 17, 20109:33 am

    So beautiful! :] Now I know whick make-up I´m going to wear tomorrow ;]

    http://www.style1509.blogspot.com

    Live.Laugh.Love.

  16. Esz says: August 17, 201010:14 am

    gosh your photos are so beautiful! I have so many of them in my inspiration folder – really need to finish the drawing I started 😀

  17. Petra says: August 17, 201011:38 am

    i LOVE the way you do your make up. And you always look so goddamn beautiful :-)

  18. andrea k (blonde bedhead) says: August 17, 201012:18 pm

    Oo this was so helpful! I have a difficult time achieving this. Thanks for the tips, gorgeous lady!

  19. Alice says: August 17, 201012:21 pm

    amazing makeup. you look so pretty ^^

  20. Vedra says: August 17, 20101:34 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog and your looks are really inspiring – you make me want to play with my neglected make-up collection again, thanks for that! I really like the color on your lips in this look, what did you use please? :)

  21. ❤Cate❤ says: August 17, 20102:22 pm

    Beautiful look xoxo

  22. Fiamma says: August 17, 20102:30 pm

    Omg girl you are so beautiful! Love the make up and the tutorial! thanks for sharing!

    XoXo
    Fiamma

    http://fashion-thrill.blogspot.com/

  23. Nadia says: August 17, 20103:08 pm

    I don't know if I can say this in english, since I'm from Germany, but:
    You are a classic beauty.

    I think if I stood in front of you, I would hold my breath because your beauty would be so overwhelming!

    Really pretty look,
    looking forward to your next post (:

  24. jen says: August 17, 20105:40 pm

    you are absolutely gorgeous!

    This is irrelevant but just curious, are you a mix of asian?

  25. Chickems says: August 17, 20106:40 pm

    Im obsessed with smokey eyes. I just need more makeup.

  26. veronika, tick tock vintage. says: August 17, 20107:20 pm

    i think i'm actually going to try this. as someone that never wears makeup, it's difficult for me to look at a picture and try to recreate it – but your tutorials are extremely clear and easy to follow.

  27. Rachel says: August 17, 201010:01 pm

    Thanks for answering my question about blending! I will definitely have to give this tutorial a try.

  28. Karin says: August 17, 201010:02 pm

    Hi Keiko, I've been following your blog for quite a while, I really really like it.

    I recently checked out Bobby's blog and I'm intrigued by the chocolate chip cookies . Are they crunchy or soft?

  29. Jenni Wells says: August 18, 20103:12 am

    I have such a hard time with this look! Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.jenniwells.blogspot.com

  30. Ruby says: August 18, 20104:17 am

    Wow, you make it look so easy, but I will try it, thanks for the make-ups tutorials, they are so detailed and helpful, make-up has always been so mystical to me, but i'm learning.

  31. SchmuckMietze says: August 18, 201011:32 am

    Thank you very much for this step by step guide. It looks great.

    Schmuck aus Glas

  32. roxy says: August 18, 20104:58 pm

    gorgeous! what lip colour are you wearing?

    roxy

  33. Sharon says: August 19, 201012:44 pm

    Fantastic, your eyes are mesmerising!

    Sharon xx

    http://sundayschooltime.blogspot.com/

  34. Glamour Bbey. says: August 19, 20105:57 pm

    You're beautiful!

  35. Keiko Lynn says: August 19, 201011:58 pm

    Roxy: It's a combination of lipliner (I filled my lips entirely) from ELF and Julie Hewett's Biba lipstick, which is a really beautiful neutral:) Thanks!

  36. Keiko Lynn says: August 19, 201011:58 pm

    Jen: I'm 1/4 Japanese:)

  37. Keiko Lynn says: August 19, 201011:59 pm

    Karin: They're the perfect combination of crispy outside and chewy, melty goodness in the middle. Sooooooo good. To die for good.