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When you think of a smoky eye, chances are black, gray and silver and the first colors to come to mind. And rightfully so, since these shades make a dramatic statement. As much as we love this classic makeup look, we can’t help but want to have a little fun with our eye shadow selections while still playing with the never-fail smoky eye technique. What do you think? Are you ready to take a colorful approach to your eye makeup? If you’re excited to update your smoky eye repertoire, keep scrolling for five of our favorite colorful makeup looks that stay true to the dimensionality of a classic smoky eye.
Looking for an earthier approach to your favorite blending technique? With this series of burgundy eye shadows, you’ll have yourself a statement eye makeup look suited for the cooler months of the year.
What you’ll need:
Fluffy eyeshadow brush
Dense eyeshadow blending brush
Dense tapered eyeshadow brush
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte-ison Avenue
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Acro-Matte
L’Oréal Paris colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte It Up
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Mix and Matte
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Start with the second lightest eye shadow. Dip a fluffy eye shadow brush into Matte It Up and apply the color in small circular motions starting at the outer corner of your crease, working your way in towards the inner corner of your eye and stopping once you reach about two-thirds of the way in. Once all the color has fallen off the bristles of your brush, use your brush to blend what’s in your crease up towards your brow bone for a more seamless application.
Step 2: Build dimension. Next, use a slightly denser eyeshadow brush to apply your next darkest color to your crease—in this case Acro-Matte. By gradually adding more depth to your crease, as opposed to starting dark to begin with, you’ll be able to create a seamless fade for your smoky eye.
Step 3: Keep building. Use a densely bristled tapered crease brush to apply the darkest color to your crease (Matte-ison Avenue). Once you’ve layered this color into your crease, use your fluffy eye shadow brush (the one you used to apply your very first eye shadow) to buff out any lines of demarcation, creating the ultimate blended smoky eye.
Step 4: Add dimension under your eyes. Pick the densely bristled tapered crease brush back up and use it to dust some of your darkest or second darkest eye shadow along your lash line. Since you don’t want it to look like eyeliner, use your fluffy brush to once again buff it out.
Step 5: Highlight your lids and inner corners. Using your lightest eye shadow, Mix and Matte, highlight the center of your lids and inner corners of your eyes. If you love the look of brow bones that pop, feel free to dust some light color there as well.
Step 6: Finish with eyeliner and mascara. To top off your pretty rendition of a classic smoky eye, draw a line of eyeliner along your upper lash line and finish with a few swipes of the mascara. Voila!
Want to brighten things up a bit with your smoky eye? Instead of just replacing black with a darker color, why not go bright and bold in general while still using the classic smoky eye blending technique to create your statement eye masterpiece? Dig the idea? Keep reading to find out how to get the look below.
Tapered blending brush
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Teal Couture
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow in Brass Knuckles
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Black
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Start with your teal eye shadow. To create the base of your colorful smoky eye, apply your teal eye shadow. To keep your bright teal eye shadow from overwhelming your overall look, be sure to blend in small circles, using as little product as possible and building as you go.
Step 2: Smoke it up. Using your tapered blending brush, apply your copper eye shadow to the outer two-thirds of your crease.
Step 3: Blend, blend, blend. To ensure that your two tones work well together, blend as much as possible until there are no harsh lines of demarcation between your two shades.
Step 4: Apply color to your lower lash line. Using the tapered blending brush, apply the color of your choice to your lower lash line. If you’re going for a more eye-popping look, use the teal; if you want to really smoke it up, use the copper color.
Step 5: Finish with eyeliner and mascara. Top off your untraditionally colorful smoky eye with a little eyeliner. To make your liner look a bit more natural and smoky, use a flat shadow brush to gently blend along your lash line. Finish with a few coats of mascara and you’ll be ready to slay the night away.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Midnight Blue
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Smoldering Plum
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Petite Perle
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara
Step 1: Start with your lightest eye shadow. Dip a fluffy eye shadow brush into Petite Perle and dust the color over your lid and up into your crease to give your darker colors something to blend into to avoid muddiness when applied directly over primer.
Step 2: Apply your plum shadow. Using a dense eye shadow blending brush, apply Smoldering Plum into your crease. Once you’ve applied all the color on your brush, use your bare brush to gently blend the color up towards your brow bone.
Step 3: Add dimension with navy. Using a dense tapered eyeshadow brush, wedge some of Midnight Blue into your crease. Be sure to blend, blend, blend to ensure that there are no harsh lines between your colors.
Step 4: Apply color to your lower lash line. Using the tapered blending brush, apply the color of your choice to your lower lash line.
Step 5: Add color to your lower lash line. Plum or navy, it’s up to you. Simply dip your dense tapered eye shadow brush into the color and tap it along your lower lash line to add a bit more smoky definition.
Step 6: Highlight your lids. Back to your fluffy eyeshadow brush, apply some of the same light color you started with to the center of your lids and your inner corners to brighten your overall look. If you like the look of glimmering brow bones, add a touch there, too.
Step 7: Finish with mascara. Since you’re already working with dark colors, skip out on the eyeliner and hop straight to the mascara with a few coats.
When you’re rocking a serious statement eye, it’s best to keep the rest of your face makeup relatively low key. So instead of going to the nines with highlighting and contouring, take a fresh-faced approach using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Foundation or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation overtop of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte-Lock Primer or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Lock Primer. After stippling your foundation on using a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, squeeze some of the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer onto the end of your blender and stipple it onto your cheekbones, center of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose, and in the middle of your chin. This makeup technique can help create an overall dewy appearance that serves to put your statement eye makeup on display. Now, just remember, with a statement eye that’s basically artwork, it deserves a frame, namely a perfectly groomed pair of brows. To shape your brows, use the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara, paired with the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Mechanical Pencil and L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Brow Raiser Highlighter Duo to create added definition.
Just because your face makeup should stay subdued doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your lips. To get a few fun ideas for ways to perk up your pout with your new smoky eye look, check out our article, Our Best Red Lipstick for Every Skin Tone.