My 3 Minute Smoky Eyes

Yes black eye shadow screams rock n’ roll, subversive and sexy, but unless you’re a pro, mastering pitch-black shadow can go horribly wrong. For a look that’s equally dramatic, but way more flattering, I stick to warm brown hues. The beauty of bronzes, golds and coppers is that they suit all skin tones and eye colours. Here are my failsafe 3-steps to smoky:

1 Apply mascara first
I don’t normally do it this way – but when doing smoky eye, I find that applying mascara first gives me an outline of my eye shape and eases the next steps.

2 Add Brown Eye Pencil
I line my upper and lower waterline first. Then I sketch the pencil out over my entire eyelid and blend it just above the crease with a soft eye shadow brush (I like MAC 217).

3 Smoke with Shadow
I press don’t sweep a shadow over the lid (sweeping it makes it drop all over) and then blend it out until I get a diffused finish. I step back, take a look and add a bit more pencil to lash-lines if I want more intensity and smudge shadow on top to blend the textures. I finish with more mascara if needed.

eye-pencilsTOOL KIT


Mac Kohl in Teddy

Dolce & Gabbana Intense Kohl Eye Pencil in Chocolate

NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Mambo



1 Burberry Complete Eye Palette

2 Chanel Exclusive Creation Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette

3 Dior Eyeshadow Palette in Smoky Sequins

4 Tom Ford Eye Quad In Starry Night

5 Sarah Moon x NARS Indes Galantes Duo Eyeshadow

6 Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Golden Eye Palette

7 Guerlain Palette 5 Couleurs in Tonka Impériale