I have a lot of envy for a woman who knows how to execute the perfect smoky eye. Sure, big-name celebrities like Kim Kardashian or Beyonce have expert makeup artists to help them execute that flawless smoky look. But when it comes to the rest of us? Yeah, we rely on online tutorials and magazine clippings (and usually a few strokes of luck).
Take Teen Mom Jenelle Evans' smoky eye, for example. I may not agree with all of the decisions that this lady makes, but I don't think there's any denying that she knows how to do some damn good eye makeup. That perfect smoldering gray looks fabulous on her!
Whether gray is your style or you're more into tans and neutral tones, check out these 7 expert tips to the perfect smoky eye:
1. Get your necessities together: For the perfect smoky eye, you'll need a foundation, three different hues in the same color family (whether that be browns, grays, or other other more vibrant tones like greens or blues), mascara, and eye liner.
2. Start with a base: First, make sure to apply a light-colored foundation on the lid. This can be the same foundation you use for coverage on other areas of your face. Then, apply the lightest of your three colors to the eyelid in a sweeping motion, covering the lid.
3. Highlight your brow bone: Take a white shadow (or a very light shadow close to your skin tone) to highlight under the brow bone. This will make it look as though natural light is shining on your eyes.
4. Accentuate your crease: Starting from the inner eyelid, use your medium-colored shadow to highlight your crease.
5. Get dark with it: Trace the upper lash line with a dark shadow using a skinny eyeliner brush (we love the classic must-have angled liner brush from Sephora, $14). Then bring that dark shadow to the outer corners of your eyes and blend toward the center of the crease, stopping halfway.
6. Line it up: Whether a winged-tip look is what you fancy or you're more into a simple, straight line -- add the eyeliner after you perfect your smoky eye. This way, you won't cover the liner with your shadow palette.
7. Get your mascara on: Finish off the look with a few coats of your favorite mascara on both the top and bottom lashes.
Do you have any smoky eye tips of your own?