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How to Do Smokey Eye Makeup

Let professional makeup artist Patricia Longo teach you how to do smokey eye makeup in this eye makeup tutorial from Howcast.


"Hi, I'm Patricia Longo and I'm a celebrity makeup artist. I've worked with models from Sports Illustrated like Brooklyn Decker and Julie Henderson to Alec Baldwin at 30 Rock. All those things that experts do that the average person doesn't know how to do, will learn how to do it on these videos.

So, today I'm going to do smoky eyes. And the one thing I always make sure I have is plenty of brushes to do that. I like my little flat brush; I like my little contour brush; I like a brush that can do a little bit of both; a little smudger; a bigger contour that has lots of eyeshadow still on there; and these are the brushes I love to use. And then, of course, my final brush is always a blending brush. This is blending everything together.

What I normally start with is the eyeshadow and I usually use a light color on the eyelid, and I drag it all on the eyelid, which we've done before. And smoky doesn't necessarily mean black eyeshadow. It could be any color you use with smoky eyes. As a matter of fact, I'm going to do a burgundy color.

So, I'm using a quad shadow that I love using. A light color, a burgundy, a bronze with a gold. So I take the burgundy color, and I'm going to throw the burgundy color everywhere. I love putting burgundy, burgundy. I dab it on, and I dab it on here. Has a little reddish color in it. I'm pretty much putting it all on the eyelid. On the eyeball, I should say.And then I take my contour, my contour brush. And I take the bronze color and I do the bronze in the crease. And I really get it in there. Smoky, smoky eyes. And I love the effect of a bronze-color brown; makes it really smoky. (To model: Open your eyes.) And now I just gave her a bronze smoky look. And of course, my usual, I love to clean up, you can tell that. So after I do the bronze all on the eye crease and the burgundy on top of the eyelid, I usually like to blend it all together, which I blend, blend, blend, and blend.

I've already put some cake liner on her but I just want to add a little more so I do a little black pencil on top of the eyelid, give a real black eyeliner. Black pencil always gives the definition to the eye. Also gives a very smoky look. Now, we use black underneath the eye as well. I'm just smudging it close to the eyelashes. So you don't necessarily need black to make a smoky look. You can use bronze and burgundy. You can even use a purple color. But the burgundy looks pretty with olive skin, even looks great with green eyes.

So I've added false lashes, which gives a nice shape to the eye. It makes the eye look open, it's fun, and it gives a nice thickness, and it also adds to the smoky look. And I just a little more mascara to the false lashes, just on the ends.

So it depends on how smoky you want to go. I like a brush that has sort of a, a corner. See how that goes up that way? So it's, it's a fat brush -- not too fat -- but it's a brush that you put shadow but it has a corner that goes up so it's not too angular. I like to wet things so of course I wet it. Now I'm going to add a little of the bronze. This is where I make it really thick for the really smoky, smoky look at night. So I'm taking the bronze and I'm putting it on this strange-looking brush. And now I'm going to go really thick on the ends. And I go all the way out. And I go all the way out again. And remember when I put the little brown right there? (To model: Close your eyes.) I just stay right there, right on the bone, with this brush that's a little wet, a little damp. (To model: Open your eyes.) And I clean up underneath her eye. And then what I did was I just took the Q-Tip, smudge, smudge, smudge, made sure it came to a point. And that's using the gold, the light, a burgundy and a bronze shadows. I used the burgundy underneath and I used a bronze to swoop everything up. And now you have smoky eyes."

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