Easy Smokey Eye Using One Eyeshadow

Do you ever have those days when you want your makeup to be a little bit more glamorous than your everyday look? What if I told you that I am no makeup artist but I found a really easy way to do a subtle smokey eye… would you be on board to try? 

I recently rediscovered my love for a simple glam makeup look which I am excited to share with you especially since Valentines’s Day is this week. Whenever I am applying makeup I tend to look for products that will work with my eye color, shades that will look good with my skin tone, and with my eye shape. I believe understanding what will work to enhance your features will help to create a beautiful result every time. 

My eye color is brown, I do not have a lot of lid space, and I have small/medium sized eyes. For a smokey eye I immediately know that it cannot be too dark otherwise it is going to make my eyes appear even smaller. 

For this look, I choose an eyeshadow that is creamy making it super easy to blend and work with. This shadow is a graphite color so it is not too dark especially because a smokey eye can be intimidating to wear (I wore this makeup look to work just in case you were wondering). The plus side to this look is also that I only used one eyeshadow and it is under $9. Like I said super simple, easy, and for sure will elevate your everyday look. It is perfect for special outings and date nights!

Step-To-Step Instructions: 

  1. Apply your foundation, concealer, bronzer, etc. to how you like.
  2. Prime your eyelids. My favorite primer is the Uran Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. 
  3. Using your clean finger or brush, dip into a grey eyeshadow. I used a L’Oréal Infallible eyeshadow but is it now a discontinued product which is a bummer because it is a really beautiful shade and has amazing pigmentation. For an alternative, this Revlon ColorStay eyeshadow in the shade Earl Grey should yield a similar result. 
  4. Gently press eyeshadow onto the eyelid and blend out. Be sure that eyeshadow is applied evenly, therefore, avoiding any harsh lines and uneven coloration. 
  5. Using a grey Covergirl eyeliner, line lower lash line and blend gently. 
  6. On the upper lash line, use a black eyeliner to create a small wing (or any size that works with your eyes). 
  7. I highlighted the inner corners of my eyes. You don’t have to do this step, but I love that it brightens up my eyes. 
  8. Set your makeup. I love the E.L.F Mist & Set Spray!
  9. Apply mascara and you’re done! 

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