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Edgy smokey look for deep set eyes

In today’s post you’re going to learn how to apply makeup on deep-set eyes - one of the most common eye shapes most often seen on “beauty bloggers”, and also one of the easiest shapes to work with.

Create dimension

First thing’s first, always apply primer over the entire lid to ensure that the makeup stays in place all day. Set it with an eyeshadow that matches your skin tone, and then it’s finally time to get creative!
First, apply a transition shade in the crease to create depth and dimension. If you have deep set eyes, you can simply let the brush sit in the crease and then as you blend, the brush will almost automatically glide along the crease. Darken the outer V with a slightly darker shade and build it up as much as you want. If you’re going for a night look, you can really go to town with it – but be careful – as with any smokey eye, the trick is to apply the product gradually and blend as you go. So do yourself a favour and don’t go in with a black eyeshadow first – instead, build it up until it is as dark as you want it to be.

Shine like the sun

The next step is probably the simplest thing you can do to make your eyes really pop. Simply apply a lighter eyeshadow in the inner corner of the eye. If you’re feeling frisky, you can even go for a shimmery eyeshadow. This will open up your eyes, make them optically bigger and you will look more awake, even after you’ve skipped your beauty sleep.
This works really well with any eye look, but do this with a smokey eye and you’re going to look like an effortlessly glowing goddess.

Smoke it out!

If you want to step up your smokey game, apply the same eyeshadows on the lower lashline as you did on the upper lid. If you want the look to be cohesive and well-blended, you should start with a lighter shade and then, again, gradually build the colour up until it is as dark as you want it to be. Blend, blend, blend and you got yourself a smokey eye.

Wing it

Winged eyeliner is something that goes really well with a nice smokey eye, because it tends to lift the eye, despite the dark eyeshadows applied beforehand. But before you apply it, you should know your eye shape.

Are you wondering about how to determine your eye shape? We have a video on that topic.

Apply the eyeliner starting mid lid, and then flick it out to get that cat eye look. Perfect it by getting the pigment as close to the lashline as possible. If you have trouble doing this you can gently lift your lid, then press and wiggle the pigment in between the lashes. Fill in the rest of the wing and you’re good to go.

Frame it

Eyebrows are the frame to the picture that is your face. When done well, they can bring a lot of attention to your eyes and entire face, especially when working with darker eyeshadows.
Accentuate your brows with a shade that is slightly lighter than your natural hair colour, or go a bit darker with a smokey look. Begin with small hair-like strokes and fill in the sparse areas. Slowly and patiently build up your brows to the shape you want them to be, as well as the intensity. When you’re not used to doing brows, you can quickly go overboard and end up looking a bit… angry? So the best technique is just go slow and gradually work on your brows. The process does get faster with practice, but if you’re a newbie, patience is key.

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Lift it up

As a finishing touch, apply a matte or shimmery lighter shade underneath your brow arch. This lifts the brow and the eye at the same time, and is helpful especially when you’re working with darker shades on your lid, which can sometimes pull the eye down a bit.

Once you’ve completed the 5 steps and you look like a smokey goddess, you can totally go for a night out, or you know, stay home and watch Netflix in full glam, just because you can.

Bonus lip tip

If you have a fuller lower lip, apply lipliner inside the lipline on the outer edges of your lower lip. If you trace along the lipline on the whole lower lip, the lips can look sort of droopy and downturned. But if you line your lower lip just slightly inside the lines, and then on your lipline just on the very bottom of your lip, the lips will look more curved, fuller and upturned.