This soft, smoky eye is a very simple look that needs just a few things: dark eyeshadow, frosted eyeshadow, dark eyeliner, and dark mascara.
First, brush your (clean) finger lightly in the dark eyeshadow palette (I used a dark brown), and very lightly dust your entire eyelid with the color, from lashes to just above the crease. Use more or less eyeshadow, depending on how dark you want your smoky eye to be (err on the side of too light—you can always add more, but it can be finicky to remove!).
Second, dip another (clean) finger in the frosted eyeshadow, and gently brush it from the inner corner of the eyelid, sweeping outwards. This will add just a little extra pop and sparkle to the look, without going overboard. I used a nice sparkly gold; bronze would also look nice (or try silver if you have blue or grey eyes).
Third, take an eyeliner pencil (I used black) and line your lower lid all the way from one side to the next. Your eyes will look larger if you a) don’t line the inner rims of the lid, and b) extend the liner just a little bit at the outer corner of your eye.
Fourth, brush plenty of mascara on your upper and lower lashes. And voila! You’re done. I like smoothing some photo finish primer on my skin for a soft, silky look, too, and pair with a glossy pink lip for an extra touch. This look is even better towards the end of the day, when it has smudged just a little bit.
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