Design & Style, Business

The Perfect Smoky Eye

Bobbi Brown

Lesson time 17:20 min

The smoky eye is a technique that can easily go wrong. Bobbi shows you how to apply a simple, modern smoky eye and then shows how you can play it up.

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Topics include: Layering Eye Shadow Formulas · Applying Eyeliner and Mascara · Touching Up · Adding Drama


[MUSIC PLAYING] BOBBI BROWN: I'm going to show you the smoky eye. Probably one of the hardest eye looks out there and probably a look that most people mess up. I'm going to show you how to do it step by step with different colors. And once you learn the basics, you could get any look you want. You could do a dark smoky eye, a medium smoky eye, a colorful smoky eye. You have to learn the basics first. I'm going to start with what you should not do. Do not get a dark black shadow and put it all over your eye. Because you're going to look like you've been punched in the face. Smoky eye on the runway is not a smoky eye that you should wear every day. And smoky eye from the '60s is different than smoky eye now. The good thing about a smoky eye is really what it is it's just blended shadows together to create a little bit of a look. But instead of doing the blended shadows together, I'm going to teach you how you can layer different formulas, different textures, to fit your style, your skin color. It really doesn't matter. But just know that if you are wearing a smoky eye, I highly recommend that you keep the eyes the focus, a pretty face, pretty skin, and not dark, dark lips. Because that would be too Goth. So a smoky eye is layered. Now whether you use a powdered shadow, you can absolutely layer powder with lightest colors, the gray tones, some browns. You can even do a smoky eye with some pinky nude colors. That's a possibility. You could do a smoky eye matte. You can add some shimmer on top of it. So I'm going to show you how to do a smoky eye that's actually pretty easy. I'm going to start with a light shadow. And it's going to be a little bit whiter than your day shadow-- so really the lightest shadow you could find if you have Molly's skin color. If you have darker skin, you need to do a color that will probably have a little more yellow in it. But it has to be right. Because a white shadow will look like makeup from the '60s. And you really want it more modern than that. So you apply though the shadow, so it pretty much covers any darkness and gets rid of any redness. A lot of women have red eyelids. And this will get rid of the red for the smoky eye. And if you notice, I'm actually putting quite a bit on to cover it. OK. So that's the first. And you can even take your finger, sometimes if it starts to come through. And by the way, when use your finger, you get a denser application. And a good tip-- you can do the eyes first. Because then if it falls on the face, it's not a big deal. You can clean around it and then do your foundation and concealer. Now I like when you do smoky eyes to-- you could do browns. But I kind of like to use grays. Because I find that the little bit of the cooler tone is really good for a smoky eye. And I'm adding it to the crease. I'm using the brush to go out a bit. And do you see how easy that was because I didn't have to blend it? Because if I was going to grab th...

About the Instructor

Bobbi Brown’s philosophy is that makeup should be quick and natural, and it should enhance who you are. A beauty industry icon, Bobbi shares her expertise in step-by-step tutorials, using models with a range of skin tones. You’ll learn how to choose the right foundation, do a smoky eye and a statement lip, and take your look from day to night. But most of all, you’ll learn how to feel confident in your own skin.

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Bobbi Brown teaches you the tips, tricks, and techniques for applying simple, natural makeup that makes you feel beautiful in your own skin.

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