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1 Clean face
By clean face, I mean no makeup. Prep your skin with eye cream and moisturizer. Give them a few minutes to sink in.
Concealer is a huge deal when trying to pull off a dramatic eye. The natural darkness around your eyes will make your overall makeup look sloppy. Conceal above and below your eyes, paying special attention to the inner and outer corners (this is where darkness lurks!)
*Note: After concealer, generously pat translucent powder under your eyes from corner to corner in order to catch falling shadow. You can easily brush away the powder once your makeup is done. (This step is optional, but I think its a good idea).
Use a dark liner cream or pencil and line your eye from end to end on the upper lid. Make the line thinner at the inner corner then gradually thicken it towards the outer end. Rim the lower inner lid as well.
Use an angled eyeliner brush, a pencil brush or a Q-tip to smudge the liner you have just applied. The point is to blur the hard edge of your eyeliner. You can dip your brush in a bit of dark shadow and use it to soften the liner if it does not blend out easily. Do this on the top and bottom. Blend the outer halves of your eyes more than the center or inner corners. If your eyes are wide-set, or larger and protrude, you should take the shadow all the way across your lid.
Its so important to create contrast. I know, a lot of smoky eyes look like they are only one deep shade of color swiped across the entire lid, but if done well, this is not actually the case. Use a light color of shadow think champagnes, vanillas, or creams and highlight the inner corner of your eye (in a C shape around the tear duct) and under the brow.
6 Medium Tone
This is the step many people miss. A medium shadow, something in the same color family as your lid color, but lighter, should be used in the crease. Youre trying to create depth without leaving any obvious lines. Its important to overlap the dark and medium shades where they meet. Use the same medium tone to blend the outer portion of your lower lid.