4 Takes on the Classic Smoky Eye – All Perfect for Fall

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The smoky eye is a modern beauty classic – and with good reason.

The perfect shade of eyeshadow – when expertly applied and blended – can transform your look, giving the illusion of bigger eyes and really making your peepers pop. But with ‘how to apply eyeshadow’ in the top 10 most googled questions last year, it’s clear a lot of us still need some guidance when it comes to adorning our eyelids.

Help is at hand, however, and it’s all thanks to the fall/winter catwalks, where makeup artists deployed a host of beautiful smoky eye looks in natural brown tones, from soft fawn to bold chocolate. So, whether you want a subtle daytime look or statement eyes for party season, we’ve got the inside scoop – key products included.

1

Super Soft

At Max Mara, the MAC team created a monochrome makeup look, choosing a single tone of soft brown to accentuate the shape of each model’s eye, and matching it with powder contour under the cheekbones and brown matte lipstick.

Eyeshadow primer is key to create a smooth base for any smoky eye look and even out skin tone. Smooth it across the lids and up to the brows. For this simple smoky look, use a short eyeshadow brush to apply the shadow across the lid and beneath your bottom lashes, extending the color slightly at the corner. Then use a soft brush to blend into your eye crease and soften the edges. Finish with brown or black mascara.

 

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Shimmer Shadow

At Elie Saab FW19, makeup legend Val Garland created a slightly shimmery smoky eye using the L’Oreal Paris ‘Maximalist’ palette, which she paired with a soft pink lip. Start with a wash of the lightest shade across your lids, then use the copper shade to define your crease and create a warm base.

Next, apply the chocolate-brown shade across your lids and under your lower lashes, then blend upwards into the crease. Finally, use your fingertip to apply a small dab of pearlescent highlighter at the inner eye corners and blend towards the middle of the eyelids to give a shimmery finish.

 

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The Big Smoke

Using the Tom Ford ‘Eye Quad in Nude Dip’, the look was created by outlining an almond shape around the eye (rather than starting at the crease) with the dark brown shade. Next, a soft brush and the paler shades were used to blend upwards, stopping just below the brow. To intensify the look, add black eyeliner close to the lash line and smudge it in slightly, then finish with black mascara.

4 Takes on the Classic Smoky Eye – All Perfect for Fall

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Subtle Sparkle

While this look hasn’t been seen on the catwalk yet, Victoria Beckham’s long-awaited beauty brand arrived just in time for fall, and the first collection is all about eyes. The designer-turned-beauty-mogul has come up with a foolproof way to create a gorgeous sparkly smoky eye – by combining her matte eyeshadow palette with a touch of ‘Lid Lustre’.

Start with a wash of the palest shade in the ‘Tuxedo Smoky Eye Brick’ before applying the medium shade and blending into the eye crease. Choose one of the darker shades to brush across the lid and under the lower lashes in a slightly winged shape. Finish by dabbing ‘Lid Lustre in Onyx’ in the middle of the eyelid to create the metallic finish.

 

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