How to do a daytime-friendly smoky eye

How to do a daytime-friendly smoky eye

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How to do a daytime-friendly smoky eye

Bring the sultry statement of a dark smoky eye to your workweek with a soft update in warm brown hues.

“A brown or nude smoky eye is softer and more daytime-friendly,” says CoverGirl makeup pro Veronica Chu. 

A smoky eye for all skin levels

Low risk: Blend a shade darker than your skin tone in the eyelid crease and under the lash line. Then, wet a brush and smudge the same colour on the top and bottom lash lines. “That creates the smoke,” says Chu.

Moderate: Use a shade darker than your skin tone all over the lid and in the crease. Apply a darker colour to the top and bottom lash lines, then blend so there are no harsh lines between the colours.  

All in: Apply a medium tone on the lid and in the crease. Then, use a much lighter colour under the brow bone and in the corner of the eye. Add the darkest colour to the top and bottom lash lines for definition. 

Shade tip

You’ll need three shades: a bright highlighting one that’s a little lighter than your skin tone; one a few shades darker than your skin tone; and a deep, dark hue.



Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Camel,

Maybelline New York Expert Wear Eyeshadow in Made for Mocha, $7,

STEP 3: HIGHLIGHTING SHADE L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Paris Beach, $7,



The ultimate eyeshadow palettes

Find a palette with a range of nude hues for your daytime smoky eye. For an office friendly look, stick to layering the medium or lighter shades.

Low: This purse-friendly palette has eight super-blendable neutral shades. CoverGirl TruNaked Shadow Palette in Nudes, $15,

High: Considered the Rolls-Royce of eyeshadow palettes, Urban Decay’s Naked includes 12 universally flattering shades to create a truly customized smoky eye. Urban Decay Naked Palette, $66, 



The toolbox

When it comes to achieving a smoky eye, pay special attention to your implements. Invest in a soft blending brush, a classic eyeshadow brush and a brush with flat bristles to perfect the look.

EYESHADOW BRUSH: Deposit colour with soft and bushy bristles. This soft, dense brush is great for building intensity gradually. M.A.C Cosmetics 239SH Eye Shader Brush, $30,

FLATTOP BRUSH Define the lash line with straight bristles. Short, stiff bristles can be used to deposit colour precisely at the lash line. Make Up For Ever Definer Eyeliner Brush 256, $29,

BLENDING BRUSH Blend, blend, blend with the bristles of this type of brush. The conic shape and soft bristles are the ideal combination to create a blended smoky effect. Giorgio Armani Blending Eye Brush, $56,



If eyeshadows crease on your lids in a matter of hours, try an eyeshadow primer for smudge-free results. Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, $26, 



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How to do a daytime-friendly smoky eye