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Question: How can I wear a daytime smokey eye?

Answer: If the words smokey eye have you picturing Morticia Addams, then this tutorial is for you. There are certainly ways to wear this classic, sultry eye makeup look without channeling your inner goth girl! By using light, shimmery colors instead of just black and white, you can create a daytime smokey eye that is soft and subtle (rather than dark and harsh).

My favorite product for creating a light smokey eye is Too Faced’s Romantic Eyeshadow Palette. It includes nine eyeshadows, and each row creates a unique eye look. Best of all, to any smokey eye newbies out there: this palette includes step-by-step application instructions.

 

Because I’m picky and I didn’t like any of the pictures online of people wearing this palette, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a tutorial myself!

The materials

 

I got out the palette, a few brushes, my Sumita plum colored eyeliner that I got a few months back from Birchbox, and Lorac’s Cobra mascara. I decided to do the “classic” eye makeup look on the palette, using the middle row of colors.

 

I started out with a pretty natural base—just my favorite moisturizer and a little bit of BB cream. Then, I filled in my eyebrows and threw on a little bit of eyeshadow primer (I like Urban Decay’s primer potion). Side note: I think my freckles are multiplying.

 

First, I swiped on the light pink shade from lashes to brow. It’s a very sheer, light shade; barely noticeable on its own. The next step was to apply the light purple shade to the inner two thirds of the eye—however, it was so pale that it didn’t really show up in pictures. You can see it a little better after the darker purple shade is added…

 

The instructions told me to put the darker purple shade in the crease of my eye, and along the lash line. I blended it out after that to soften the effect. For application of all three colors, I used a basic eyeshadow brush (the middle brush in my picture). I used the eyeliner brush (the one on the far right) only when applying the dark purple shade along my lash lines. I tried for an imperfect application which was soft and smudgey, instead of a harsh, sharp look.

To finish off my eyes, I used my plum colored eyeliner over the dark purple shadow on my lash line, and blended the two together. I think this made for a smokier effect (without darkening the look too much). After that, I applied just one coat of mascara (I’d use a second coat if I were going out at night. I know, I’m really living on the edge), and bam—a soft, pretty (dare I say romantic?!) smokey eye.

What are your best tips for creating a soft smokey eye? Have you tried this palette before?