Have you wondered just exactly what a smokey eye should be? It seems like any dark eye makeup qualifies and gets called a smokey eye- but I think there's a certain style that quantifies an eye look to be smoked out and I wanna shout it from the rooftops!
I have often looked up smokey/smokey eyes and end up with my browser flooded with all kinds of eye makeup, many not even similar to each other- so looking online doesn't help to figure out how to define what a smokey eye should be. Some are super defined and sharply colored with deep liner, others just have a dark outer v- but beyond being dark makeup, it's hard to tell what exactly a smokey eye is.
WHAT the heck is a real smokey eye anyway? Shoot, is it just a pile of liner or black eyeshadow? Let's figure it out, cuz I want to solve this mystery once and for all.
I consider a smokey eye to go from dark at the lashline to light at the browbone. It should be more of a gradient of dark to light. It can be defined at the crease, but it's gotta be dark near the eye. In general, it doesn't have a very light lid at all. To show this kind of makeup that truly defines a smokey eye- Gwen Stefani is gonna rock this look- she is always smokin' hot in her smokey eyes!
Note: All images courtesy of Google, unless noted
A smokey eye isn't just deep, black liner with some dark eyeshadow. It's just gotta fade. You can have neon green and as long as it goes from deep to soft, with a bit of a blur, you've got smokey eyes. Here's my definition-
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Smokey Eye Checklist
1. Dark liner
(looks amazing if the eye is rimmed on waterlines and between lashes, go dark mama)
2. Dark lashline eyeshadow shade
(to set liner and begin the smoke)
3. Dark lid eyeshadow shade
(slightly lighter than lashline shade)
4. Crease color eyeshadow
(can be deeper or a lovely warm neutral like MAC's Swiss Chocolate to bleeend it all out nice and smooth)
5. Light highlight shade
(a bit of shimmer doesn't hurt)
*Mascara to bling the eyes and make them pop, deepening the shadow-work.
Here are some pics I found online that show just how varied and beautiful a smokey eye can be. A classic smokey eye is comprised of mostly browns, blacks, or greys with a highlight either at the inset (inner corners) of the eyes and browbone (below the eyebrow). But it can be any shade or a combination thereof. But shoot, you know that though, because girrrl, you get it.
Neutral smokey eye-
Sultry black and cranberry/wine smokey eye-
Liquid-ey metallic smokey eye-
Taupe smokey eye- Isn't Mila Kunis gorgeous?
The key-defining-grand-glory moment of smokey eyeness: It does NOT have a light lid.
Here is what a smokey eye is not- although the internet and YouTube will try to confuse you. Be not confused, you are an educated consumer and know your smokey eye down pat.
1. Blurred and blended edges are not a smokey eye- This pic is kinda 80's but it makes a good point. Thou shalt shade thy lid and thou shalt not have harsh liner.
2. Tightlining (waterline of upper lashes darkened) or lining the lower waterline is not a smokey eye- even if it's blurred and defined darkly...it's not a dark lid and it doesn't fade from dark to light.
3. A defined crease (eye fold) or outer v (outer corners of eyelids) are not a smokey eye- shade your lid, woman!
4. A dark shaded lid and lighter lower lashline is not a smokey eye- If the darker shade had rimmed the lower lashline a bit more, we'd have some smoke going on.
I'm not trying to disrespect any of these makeup looks. Each have their appeal- but they're not smokey eyes.
Here is gorgeous Iman showing yet again how beautiful a smokey eye can be-
I hope this is helpful in trying to determine what really constitutes a smokey eye from just a deeply defined or dark look. So get your dark shadow out and let's get smokin'!
Have a great day,