Classic Black Smokey Eye Tutorial
If you’re like me and will wear a smokey eye any chance you get, you are going to love this classic black smokey eye I created with Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Eye Chrome. A few weeks ago I posted this look to my Instagram and you guys loved it so much I’m sharing the deets with you today.
There are two tricks to creating a beautiful smokey eye: 1) build the color slowly and 2) blend. Basically you’ll want to blend until your hand falls off. (Not really but you get the point). For this look I used four different brushes:
- Small, fluffy blending brush to apply transition color to crease
- Large, clean, fluffy blending brush to blend
- Tapered blending brush to softly cut my crease
- Flat shader brush to pack color onto the lid
Before starting, prep your lids with an eyeshadow primer and set it with loose translucent setting powder so the lid doesn’t tug when you start to blend. Starting with your small fluffy blending brush, apply a warm light brown color as a transition color. I applied this color into the crease as well as a little above and a little below (because hooded lids probs) not caring too much about the placement since everything would be blended together anyway.
Next tap your tapered blending brush into a warm red-brown color and start softly defining your crease. Unlike the small blending brush, the tapered blending brush controls the placement of the color and keeps it to where you want it. In this case we want the color to stay in our crease (not above or below it). I also work on slowly building the color up throughout the process, that way my eyes aren’t looking too smokey so fast.
Once you apply the first light layer of red-brown color, use your flat shader brush to pick up a smokey, dark brown color and apply it to the lid in a patting motion. If you have hooded lids, you’ll want to take this color up into the crease making it appear as a cut crease (if it looks crazy, don’t worry; we’ll blend the line out later).
Jessika’s tip: Using a dark brown color is more forgiving than using a black eyeshadow. Pack the dark brown on in a patting motion to achieve your desired “black”.
Next you’ll want to switch off between your tapered blending brush with the warm red-brown color and your flat shader brush with the smokey, dark brown color and blend. Each time you deepen the lid with the smokey, dark brown color, make sure you smoke out the crease with the red-brown color. Do this until you’ve reached your desired smokiness.
Now comes the fun part! Beauty companies, like Stila and Maybelline, are creating these beautiful eye chromes and for this look I used Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Eye Chrome in Gunmetal. I first applied it using the doe foot applicator that it comes with but then found it easier to apply it with my flat shader brush. Just like the brown color you packed on your lid, you’ll want to take this color up into the crease and blend it our with that red-brown color and your tapered blending brush.
Once you’re done blending, apply one coat of mascara to the top and bottom lashes, draw on your winged liner (not too dramatic since the eyes are pretty dramatic), and apply your favorite false lashes.
I hope you guys enjoyed this classic black smokey eye tutorial. All of the products I used can be found below. Please share this tutorial with your friends and if you recreate it tag me on Instagram @jessmahina, #beautybyjessika.
Shop this look: Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome Gunmetal / Tartlette in Bloom / Mac 24-Hour Extend Eye Base / ABH Brow Definer Medium Brown / ABH Pro Pencil Base 1 / ABH Clear Brow Gel / Hourglass Vanish Seamless Stick Foundation (I wear shade Golden) / Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder / ABH Contour Kit Light Medium (I used shades Java and Fawn to contour) / Mac Stay Pretty Blush / Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Gilded Honey / Maybelline Big Shot Mascara / NYC Liquid Eyeliner (There's a rumor that it's being discontinued in the US, but NYX Matte Liquid Liner is very similar.) / Koko Lashes Queen B / Mac Cork Lip Pencil / Nars Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Buenos Aires
Photos by Jenn Hu