Mastering the technique of creating a seductive smokey eye will make your eyes pop. Statement eyeshadows are great for everything from party seasons to weddings and days when a vibrant eye is just necessary: we recommend to mix it up and with the right amount of blending, we have some stylish eye shadow ideas for you.
You can be adventurous with you choice of colours from dark teal to bright orange, swap greys for copper tones or a wash of rainbow shades.
Keep scrolling for incredible smokey eye makeup ideas.
The Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette (currently sold old)
Take the classic smokey eye and try using a high shine metallic eyeshadow instead of the traditional lighter shade.
The Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette is packed with metallic powders perfect for party eyes: The Glamrock shade is ideal for creating a stunning dark angel look.
By Terry Crayon Khol Terrybly Color Eye Pencil in Brown Secret (£24.00)
Smokey eyes can be as brightly coloured as you wish. Brighten things up with a blend of gold and zesty orange.
Then add the smoke by smudging black or dark brown kohl around the outer corners and lower lashline. Try the By Terry Crayon Khol Terrybly Color Eye Pencil in Brown Secret a blendable pigment that’ll stay on all evening.
Urban Decay E207 Eyeshadow Brush (currently sold out)
If you have hooded eyes and rarely get a chance to show off your super smokey blending skills, maybe try and sweep things up and out for a smokey wing. The brow’s the limit, so push it as boldly as you dare. For extra control try a soft precision eyeshadow brush like Urban Decay E207.
Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette (£56.00)
If dark grey shades trend to leave you looking washed out, warm things up with copper tones instead. Blend russet reds with bronze, copper and gold for a seductive switch (these colours will suit all skin tones.) You’ll find the perfect collection of colors in the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette.
MAC Pigment Colour Powder in Copper (£23.72)
The Alberta Ferretti A/W 17 show took smokey eye makeup to the next level by
My dating and vibrant smokey eyes could also include placing hot red smudges in the center of the lid and finishing up with a touch of gold in the inner corners. It’s fresh and fierce, and we love it. (For inspiration take a quick peak at the Alberta Ferretti A/W 17 show – CLICK HERE TO WATCH)
To re-create, use a wet applicator to press MAC Pigment Colour Powder in Copper.
Morphe Pro 35 Colour Eyeshadow Makeup Palette (£33.99)
If a pop of color isn’t quite enough, go full rainbow. Swap the traditional light-into-dark blend for clashing shades. A highly pigmented palette like the Morphe 35 Colour Smokey Eye Shadow Palette (35S) will have everything you need to experiment with. Have fun.
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Rebel (£53.05)
For a seriously cool edge, try smoking murky greens and shades of teal. They’re the perfect alternative to black and grey and promise a double-take. We love the offering in the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Rebel. complete with a highlighting powder and three trend-led takes on teal.
Beauty Bakerie Flour Setting Powder in Translucent – (£22.50)
Why stop at the crease when you can smoke the whole eye socket? Try taking your matte eyeshadow all the way up to the brow. If the look feels too harsh, soften things a little as the colour creeps closer to the eyebrow, using a powder.
NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Primer (£8.00)
After applying your smokey shadow as you please, give the look one final flourish with some glitter pressed at the outer corners. Try a glitter primer like the NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Primer to give your sparkle all-night hold.
Eyeko Rock Out & Lash Out Mascara (£19.00)
If you’re worried about a classic smoky eye looking dated, this is the fashion week-approved way to add a modern edge. For chunky lashes, try a full-throttle mascara like the Eyeko Rock Out & Lash Out Mascara.
Touch in Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Shadow Duo in Talia (currently sold out)
For a fresh take, try leaving the lid bare to create negative space, and concentrate your smokey efforts above the crease. A creamy formulation will make this easier as you’ll have more control over where it goes. We love Touch in Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Shadow Duo in Talia.