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Want a Smoky Eye? Here’s How

Posted on 23rd Oct 2011 @ 1:57 PM

Want a Smoky Eye? Here’s How:

If there’s one make-up look that never seems to go out of fashion, it’s the good old smokey eye. Perfect for an evening out, the sexy, sultry look is a favourite of celebs and extremely easy to create. While the black smokey eye is undoubtedly the most popular version of this look, beauty fans are also mixing it up a little by ditching the blacks and greys in favour of brights. After all, who said the smokey eye had to be dark?. Perfectionists: beware!, he key to a great look-at-me smokey eye is not trying too hard. It can be created with as little as one product – a great eyeliner or an easily smudged black shadow – and takes just minutes to achieve.

But for only £19.99, you can have all the colours you’d ever need to create a traditional dark smokey eye in just one palette – the Stila Smokey Eyes Compact Case. Featuring four popular Stila shadows in a cute case, buy this and you’ll save over £30 than if you bought the products separately. Containing the shades ‘Sparkle’, ‘Shore’, ‘Makalu’ and ‘Nanda Devi’, this is the foolproof route to a stunning smokey eye. And if you’re not sure where to begin, Stila’s Smoky Eye Talking Palette tells you exactly how to do it via a button (featuring an automated step-by-step guide) in the compact’s lid.

On a budget? The NYX Smokey Eye Palette is for you, containing nine shadows and two lip sticks. While it does come with two applicator brushes, more often than not you’re better using your fingers to achieve the messy smokey look. Many eye shadows even work better if you apply a drop of water; offering a much more pigmented pop of colour and staying put for that little bit longer. Another NYX eye shadow palette – the 10 Colour Smokey Eyes kit - features 10 stunning shades and can be slipped in your clutch bag for quick touch ups on the go. Also containing an applicator brush, this cute palette features neutrals and nudes, as well as some must-have black and grey shades.

One of the latest additions to the Barry M line, this pretty Eyeshadow Trio Smokey Seduction features three shades of grey for an extremely pocket-friendly £5.99 – that’s less than £2 per shadow! If you’re stuck for inspiration, take a look online for some top smoky eye hints, tips and tricks. Have a play around with colours and textures to create the perfect smokey eye for you. And the great news is you can achieve this beautiful look for under a tenner, which means there’s no excuse not to give it a go.