Maquillage Professionnel: Smoky Eyes

30 Nov

Alas! The ever elusive smoky eye!

Do you know when the term “smoky eye” was coined?


*Jeopardy theme song*

*Jeopardy theme song*

Ding, ding, ding! Time’s up!


The 1920s! This was the flapper era when women were gaining more independence, and began experimenting with their clothes and makeup.


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Clara Bow, one of the pioneers of the smoky eyes

The smoky eyes technique that we were taught at Modern Academy is different from what we now know  as the smoky eye where three different eye shadows are used to create a gradient effect. Instead, we only used one eye shadow and worked on our blending technique to create the desired gradient.

The result?


Not bad, right? It is not as vibrant as I would like them to be (use primer, girls!) but see the gradient effect?

Some key points for creating the smoky eye:

  • Utilize your blending brush for both eye shadow placement and blending (similar to the closed banana technique)
  • Use a vibrant eye shadow. You can still rock a smoky eye using blues, greens, pinks, etc. as long as they are pigmented and vibrant enough that you can blend them out (to create the lighter shade) or deepen them up (to create the darker shade). 

Now, the smoky eye, step-by-step:

  1. Prime. Prime. Prime.
  2. Apply eye shadow on the middle of your lid. This will be your “middle” shade.
  3. Blend up to just below to the crease. This will create the “lighter” shade.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you achieve the desire result.
  5. Apply the same eye shadow to the bottom part of your eyelid, and build it up to get the “darker” shade.

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