Have you always wondered how others get that smokey eye look looking so flawless?

As a make up artist, I can give you the steps and all the tips you need to feel confident in achieving this top celeb trend.

It might look complicated but creating a smokey eye can be simple. The key thing you need to remember is to blend, blend and blend again to get that shadowing affect.

Step-by-step guide:

Step 1. First, apply a soft concealer onto your eyelid. This will create a smooth canvas for your eye shadow to stick to. For a top end product try Illamsqua Skin Base Lift Concealer - £18  Selfridges. For a great cheaper alternative try Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer - £7.99 Boots.

Step 2. Next step is to press a translucent powder over your entire eyelid, this will help to stop the eye shadow creasing.

Step 3.  Choose a black and grey eye shadow. Use a small brush to sweep the lightest colour (grey in this instance) shadow across your entire lid. I’m using Mac pressed pigments £16 Selfridges.

Step 4. Now take the darkest shade (black in this instance) and apply it with the same brush, just by tapping it on the eyelid. Then choose a blending brush and start to blend it from halfway across your eyelid. Always blend your shadow upward and outward into the crease of your eyelid. Real Techniques do a lovely blending brush - £7.99 Boots

Step 5. Blend, blend, blend to get rid of any lines and mix the grey and black together. Try not to go too high over the crease line of your eyelid otherwise you will start to get a panda eye effect!

Step 6. Chose a light and bright eye shadow and start to highlight your angles and create contrast by dusting a small amount of the lighter shadow over your brow bone and in the inner corner of your eyes. I love Kiko Long-lasting Wet & Dry Use Eyeshdadow in 208 £8.90

Step 7. To balance out the intensity of your upper lid, take the darkest shade (black) and sweep a little just under your eye close to your bottom lash line. Make sure to use a thin eye shadow brush for this.

Step 8. Finish off the look with mascara on your top and bottom lashes and winged black liquid eyeliner on top.

Top Tips

  • You don’t always have to use black shadow to create a smokey eye look.  Once you’ve mastered the technique, try mixing it up with green, brown and plum hues.
  • Rather than doing your concealer and foundation first, concentrate on your eyes so that any dust that falls from the eye shadow doesn’t ruin your base.

By Amanda Anastasiou

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