Smokey Eye Update

5 ways to step up your smokey eye game right now!


While a vivid bright makes a strong statement, a veil of sheeny chocolate is just as striking, with the mix of matte and satin textures bring the whole smokey concept to a modern, chic level. Deep hues really make the eyes pop, giving definition, while a hint of sheen will open them up. New formulas adhere to the skin well, which means less work.

How to:Use a sponge tip eye shadow applicator to sweep a layer of matte brown eye shadow on the top lids, smudging through the crease line with a blending brush, winging it out to the temples. We love Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Defining Eyeshadow in Amber Intrigue Matte. For the intense chocolate sheen, use a kohl pencil like MAC Powerpoint Pencil in Bountiful Brown next to the top and bottom lashes. Finish with a coat of black mascara.


Burgundy eyeshadow fires up eyes and the metallic texture creates brightness. Going for more than one shade of the same hue on the eyes will add dimension, Both burgundy and deep pink are hot colours so they go well as a colour combo. Try seamlessly blending the pink matte colour on the outer corners of the eyes to enhance an almond shape, while applying a deeper metallic colour closer to the lash lines to open up and widens the eye shape.

How to:Go for matte MAC Eye Shadow in Haux, metallic MAC Eyeshadow in Beauty Marked and a really good smudging tool like Estee Lauder Blending Shadow Brush.


The deep, sheeny blue seen on the Galia Lahav runway is bound to start a coloured liner revival - and blue is surprisingly wearable; just remember that there are many guises of the colour, so there is something for everyone. If you are scared, keep it as simple as a very fine navy liner across the top lash line. The new soft, but stay-put formulas make this look low maintenance.

How to:To recreate the look, prep with an eyeshadow primer like Laura Mercier Eye Basics and then sweep a metallic blue eyeliner like Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil across the lash lines. Finish with one coat of mascara just on the top.


Glossy apricot eyeshadow isn't perhaps the most obvious choice of eye make-up, but when it’s more of a sheeny powder/cream hybrid, it totally works and basically suits everyone. It’s an especially good look if you have small eyes as the shininess looks great and brings loads of light to the whites and opens them up.

How to:To keep it modern, go for the simplest version of this with a lick of slick cream apricot shadow across the lids being an easy option. Swipe over Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Androgene with your fingers. Make sure you dab the colour in the inner corners of the eyes, too, as this will pick up the light and keep the look fresh. Brown mascara will keep this one on this side of pretty.


If you rarely venture far from nude, it’s easy to dismiss smokey eyeshadow, but this is a really good compromise as biscuit brown is a colour that you can see on the face naturally. Apart from adding definition to the eyes, matte browns look luxurious and delicate so it adds a decadent feel.

How to:There are no rules, but cool browns work great on cool skin tones and the warmer skin tone, the warmer the colour you can use. Go for a tawny brown that blends on smoothly and stays put like Nars Matte Eyeshadow in Blondie. Remember that the secret to making any eye shadow look great is to blend, blend, blend!

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