Smokey makeup trend 2024: a comprehensive step-by-step guide

John Doa
John Doa

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Last updated on December 23, 2023, At 06:05 PM ET

Posted on December 23, 2023, At 06:05 PM ET

prominent makeup trends, and it is expected to remain popular in the coming year. This style is characterized by its great diversity, as it includes basic colors such as black and silver, in addition to shades of brown, bronze, and even bold colors, which makes it suitable for almost every person and is considered the ideal choice for sophisticated and luxurious occasions.

If you want a look that will highlight your beauty on New Year's Eve and add a touch of drama to your look, we have an easy tutorial for achieving those perfect smoky eyes for the New Year.

How to apply smokey eye makeup for beginners

Smokey eyes are considered a symbol of creativity in the field of makeup, as they embody an attractive style that reminds us of the looks of charming stars! This type of makeup instantly transforms your facial features, making you the center of attention. With a little practice, you can master this art and add your own touch with the colors you prefer to shine on various occasions. Below, we present to you a simple guide that explains the steps for applying smokey eye makeup with ease.

Simple tips to achieve a unique smokey eye makeup look

1. Start with clean skin

The first step to applying smokey eye makeup begins with carefully cleaning the face, paying special attention to the eye area. Use an oil-free cleanser to remove any traces of oil and impurities built up in fine lines. This will ensure that the smoky colors of the makeup stand out and become more radiant, in addition to maintaining the stability and shine of the makeup for long periods without losing its quality or clumping. Preparing your clean skin “palette” is an essential step to ensuring perfect eye makeup application.

2. Apply eye primer

The second step in creating smokey eye makeup for beginners is to use an eye primer. A primer is a makeup base that fills in fine lines and wrinkles, providing a uniform and smooth base for makeup. Applying primer around the eye area helps improve the overall appearance of the skin and makes the surface smooth. This step is especially essential if you have oily skin. After applying the primer, it is important to wait a few minutes for it to dry completely before starting to apply colors.

3. Use concealer for best results

Following this step is very important in achieving the perfect smokey eye makeup look. Covering spots or dark circles around the eyes is essential, as they can negatively affect the appearance of eye makeup, especially smoky eye makeup. Use a color-correcting concealer to cover dark circles. Peach and orange colors are among the best options for hiding blue circles around the eyes. When applying concealer, gently apply it around the eyes instead of pulling it, to ensure it is evenly distributed on the skin. This step will contribute to creating a clean and bright base, which will make smoky eye makeup stand out more beautifully and brilliantly.

4. Stick to basic shades at first

When starting to learn how to do smokey eyes, it's helpful to focus on using basic eye shadows. This helps build a good foundation in understanding how to apply the technique. Once you've mastered the basics, you can then move on to experimenting with different colors and shimmer effects to add more drama to the look.

It's a good idea to choose an eyeshadow palette that includes brown and black, as it provides the perfect base for a classic smokey eye makeup. Combining these two colors, in addition to using a highlighter shade, allows you to create a wonderful contrast between dark and light color, giving you the ability to create the perfect smokey eye look.

5. Choose the right tools

Your makeup tools will become your perfect companions on your journey to learn to apply smokey eye makeup, especially as a beginner! It is preferable to use brushes to apply colors on the eyelids more precisely compared to fingers. You will need a complete brush set that includes an eyeshadow brush, a special blending brush, and a small brush with a soft head to apply shadows efficiently. It is important to choose a brush set that includes these basic types of eye makeup.

6. Start with an eye shadow brush

Now it's time to start applying colors for smokey eyes:
start with a medium nude eyeshadow and apply it all over the eyelid as a light base with a smoky effect. For beginners, it is recommended to choose brown to create a smoky, harmonious look. Apply the dye to the outer part of the upper eyelid. Continue blending towards the crease line and extending to the outer edge of the eye. Allow a soft, darker hue to develop compared to the base eyeshadow color. Don't forget to use a pointed brush for details at the corners of the eyes, and a soft brush for blending efficiently.

7. Define the eyes

To add highlights to smokey eye makeup, especially for beginners, you can now enhance the radiance around your eyes. To achieve a great smokey look, it is important to brighten the area around the eyes. Use a white highlighter to highlight under the brow area, enhancing the overall radiance of the look. You can also add a touch of this highlighter with a thin brush in the center of the eyelid to make the eyes appear brighter. Make sure to blend all colors smoothly to ensure a harmonious transition between the different shades.

8. Define the eyelash lines

Whether you want a simple smokey eye look or complex shadow details, defining your eyes with lash lines is essential. Here's how:

  1. Use classic black eyeliner to draw a line on the upper eyelid very close to the lash line.
  2. Distribute and blur the line to blend into the smokey look.
  3. For the lower eyelid, use black or brown eyeshadow.
  4. Apply the shadow near the lower lash line and blend with a brush for a soft look.
  5. Brown color gives the eyes a lighter look, while black increases the intensity and boldness of the look.

9. Draw the final eyeliner

We are now in the final step of learning how to achieve the classic smokey eye look using eyeliner. Here are the steps:

  1. You can use an eyeliner pencil or brush for this step.
  2. Draw a small wing at the edge of the eye to extend and cover the end of the shadows.
  3. Extend the wing towards the lower lash line to connect them together.
  4. This will enhance the smokey eye look and give it an attractive and bright frame.
  5. Finally, don't forget to apply mascara to your eyelashes to give them more depth and appeal.

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