Black symbolizes sexy, smouldering, bold attitude. A black smokey eye look changes the whole attitude of others towards you. Suddenly others perceive you a vixen, a don’t-mess-with-me lady, a rockstar, a complete kick ass female. Carrying a black smokey look is a challenge, it’s not for everyone and definitely not a every day look.
No smokey palette is complete without a black shade, so how can a smokey look series be complete without a black smokey eye? It is the original smokey eye after all. The others are really just spin-offs. Before this palette, I tried out a black smokey eye with NYX’s Smokey Eyes palette (the ten shades one), and somehow I was not pleased with the result. The eyeshadows were too powdery and I was not able to achieve the intensity that is required of a black smokey eye.
This palette has really made smokey eyes easy for me and so my last tutorial is a classic black smokey eye. I have used Blackout and Asphalt for the main look, Kinky for highlighting and Freestyle to define the crease.
What helped me with my look
- Urban Decay Smoked palette
- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- Perversion 24/7 Glide On eyeliner
- Too Faced LashGasm mascara
- Loreal Paris Contour Kohl eyeliner
- BH Cosmetics Angled Shadow brush
- BH Cosmetics Blending brush
- BH Cosmetics Classic Smudge Brush
- BH Cosmetics Small Smudge Brush
- BH Cosmetics Eyeliner Smudge Brush
- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Audacious Asphalt
- Benefit Cosmetics Fake Up Concealer
( The NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil was wrongly placed in the picture and not used for this look. Excuse the error, the photo was taken long back).
Moving on to the step by step tutorial for this look
- First of all, starting with a clean and fresh eye, apply UD Primer Potion on the eye lid up to the brow bone, inner corner of the eye and below the lower lash line. These are the areas generally used for eyeshadow application and they should be primed. Let the primer set for a couple of minutes. At the same time apply Benefit’s Fake Up eye concealer in the under eye and inner corner of the eye section.
- Apply Maybelline’s Audacious Asphalt all over the lid, keeping it below the crease. Maybelline’s Timeless Black can also be used as a base to intensify the black color of the eyeshadow
- Apply Perversion on the upper and the lower lash line (upper line should be thicker than the lower one) and smudge it out with a smudge eyeliner brush to blur the harsh lines
- Taking Freestyle on a fluffy blending brush, apply it into the crease in a fan like motion, blending it into Audacious Asphalt and at the same time giving definition to the crease.
- Dab into Kinky with a smudge brush and apply below the brow bone and with a small smudge brush, pencil brush or a detailer brush, apply Kinky into the inner corner of the eye to brighten the area.
- Tap into Blackout with an angled or a flat shader brush and pat onto the lid and then with a clean small smudge brush, apply below the lower lash line, stopping two -thirds of the way. Make sure that the eyeshadow on the outer corner of the upper and lower lash line meet each other in a small <, on the outer end of the eye.
- Take a clean blending brush and tap into Asphalt and apply into the crease. You can go back and apply more product, if it fades from the blending. Blend, blend till there are no more harsh lines.
- Go back and apply more Blackout with a shader brush if it has faded from the blending.
- You can apply Backdoor instead of Asphalt if you want to keep a matte smokey eye.
- Apply the kohl eyeliner into the lower and upper waterline.
- Taking Perversion, line the upper lash line, making it thick or thin as to you want it.
- Apply two coats of Too Faced mascara to the upper and lower lashes.
- Lastly and most importantly, wipe away any excess of eyeshadow fallen on the face with a big powder brush and apply Fake Up concealer to the under eye area to give a good, clean finished look. And Don’t Forget to use clean brushes every time you use it to apply a new shade. This is an absolute rule of eye makeup. CLEAN BRUSHES
The look more simplified with the eyeshadows and its corresponding position in the eye numbered.
So, what did you guys think of the ultimate smokey eye? I don’t know about you all, but I am going to take a moment here and pat myself on the back. Honestly, I was quite pleased with this look. This is the first good black smokey eye that I managed to create without looking like a panda! Actually this look reminded me of a certain witch Anamika (all the ladies who watch SONY TV, know what I’m talking about)
This concludes my smokey eye series. I hope you all enjoyed it and will give these looks a try yourself.
Don’t forget to check out my other smokey eye tutorials
Till next time, Dasvidaniya!