The smoky eye isn’t just for the nighttime bar scene anymore. When done the right way, it is a bold look that translates to the midday meeting or the Sunday brunch. Trust me—I successfully pull this look off enough to know.
The beauty of these shadows is that you can build the colors up or down, depending on the level of intensity you desire. Because of the “marbleized” nature of the colors that are blended together, the eye shadow provides a multidimensional tone, which adds to the depth and drama of the look.
With a black eyeliner of your choosing—pencil works well for its smoldering smudginess—apply a solid line from the inner corners all the way to the end of your lashes. Using an angled brush or a Q-Tip, meticulously smudge the very edges of the liner into the darkness of the shadow. Apply a thick coat of black mascara, and voila—where there is smoke, there is fire!
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