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Makeup For Newbies: How To Create The Smoky Eye By Yourself

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The smoky eye makeup is the go-to look of anyone who wants to go glam. The deep, dramatic hues and dreamy diffused colors create a very photogenic sultry look. Case in point: The Kardashians are obsessed with the smoky eye makeup, and local celebs and MUAs love it, too. Also, if you check out your Instagram explore page, most people flex their makeup application skills by posting their versions of the smoky eye.

That said, we did a bit of ~research~ and found the best tutorials that can teach you how to create a smoky eye by yourself—even if you;ve never held a makeup brush before. Imagine this story as your portal to a crash makeup application course. Watch and learn below:

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Basic Smoky Eye Makeup 

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The glam smoky eye may look complicated, but it's actually pretty easy to do as long as you have the right tools and you believe in proper blending. (This is why it's important to invest in good eye makeup brushes.) Practice this while you're at home and take selfies to assess your output. Who knows? Maybe after a month, you have become a pro at smoky eye makeup!

Basic Smoky Eye Makeup | Eman

Smoky Eye Makeup for Hooded lids

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To create a smoky eye when you've got hooded eyelids, you must concentrate the darker eyeshadows near the lash line and outer corners. 

Sacheu: Smoky Eye Makeup For Hooded Lids

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Winged Out Smoky Eye Makeup 

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If you want the same smoked-out look but you prefer a more subtle approach, try doing a smoky eyeliner makeup. The pigment is concentrated on the flick, and you can work with muted shadows like gray, taupe, and jewel tones.

Smoky eyeliner makeup tutorial | Teni Panosian

Smoky Eye Makeup: Products you need

To score a gorgeous smoky eye, you'll be needing user-friendly products that deliver super glam results.

  1. Eyeshadow makeup brushes

    The type of brushes really depends on your preference, but we recommend getting fluffy dense eyeshadow brushes to help pack on the pigment. Then, have another fluffy brush to help blend out the edges.

    How to Smoky Eye Makeup: Makeup brushes
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    Real Techniques Enhanced Eye Set, P1,150, Lazada

  2. Eye primer

    Applying eye primer on bare eyelids will make the eyeshadow stay on and to bring out the pigment's true color.

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    Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base, P299, Lazada

  3. Kohl eye pencil

    Most MUAs swear by this soft lead pencil to create a good pigmented base for the smoky eye. Rimming a kohl eye pencil all over the waterline and lash line helps defines the eye shape.

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    Wet N Wild Color Icon Kohl Pencil in Baby Got Black, P109, SM Beauty

  4. Eyeshadow palette

    In the past, smoky eye makeup always featured black, gray, and dark brown hues. Now, there are no rules—go ahead and try burgundy, plum, or peacock green. Our one advice is to stick to deep hues to pull off the intense drama of the smoky eye makeup.

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    Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette, P2,950, Rustan's

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    NARS Afterglow Eyeshadow Palette, P3,500, Rustan's

  5. Mascara

    To complement a dramatic smoky eye, you should pay attention to your lashes. Apply two to three coats of volumizing or lengthening mascara to make your peepers look bigger.

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    L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black, P550, Lazada

  6. False lashes

    Another way to bring out your peepers is to put on a pair of false lashes. This isn't required, but we're encouraging you to wear falsies when you're attending an event or you'll be photographed. Opt for a wispy style to give the appearance of an eyelift.

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    Ardell Baby Demi Wispies False Eyelashes, P475, Beauty Bar

  7. Brightening concealer

    Since your eye makeup is dark and "heavy," you can balance and lift the eye by applying a brightening concealer on the undereye. The Kardashians are big fans of this technique.

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    Maybelline Instant Age Rewind 2-in-1 Concealer+Treatment, P399, Lazada

  8. Undereye powder

    Of course, it's important to set your concealer with powder. You can simply dust a light veil of translucent powder or you can go all out and "bake" your concealer. Baking is applying a thick coat of powder on over your concealer. You let all the layers sit for five to 10 minutes. This results in a creaseless, flawless finish that lasts all day.

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    Nichido Final Powder Creamy Glow, P150, Watsons

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