Simple Smokey Eye – Step By Step

Most people are under the impression that a smokey eye is one of the hardest eye looks to do on themselves. Well, I beg to differ… its the easiest!

I tend to do a basic smokey eye look most days because I can do it fairly quickly and the colours I opt for are always warm tones.

I decided to show you a step by step guide into creating a smokey eye look that will suit anyone with any eye shape. Of course, you don’t have to use the same products or colours as me, these are just my go to’s.


Eyeshadow Primer Potion Urban Decay
Naked Heat Palette – Urban Decay
Complete Eye Set Zoeva

The first step is to always prep and prime the eyelid. Our eyelids produce a lot of natural oil so the moment you apply powder eyeshadow onto bare lids, they’ll begin to form a “crease” where the powder will mix with the oil and settle as your eye moves. The primer I love to use daily is the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Just apply a tiny amount to the ring fingers and spread over the entire eyelid.

Next, apply a light coloured eyeshadow (Ounce) over the whole lid to “set” the primer in place. Usually in any eyeshadow palette you’ll find a light base colour, use this on a small eyeshadow brush to apply. I always opt for my Luxe Soft Definer (227) by Zoeva.

The key to any smokey eye is building up the colour gradually. I start off with a light warm colour (Sauced) to blend into the crease. As this blends more, I add a slightly richer warm colour (He Devil) to build up the depth. My all time favourite blending brush is the Luxe Crease (228).

You can add as much of that colour as you like, the more you add the more depth you’ll get in the crease area. This is how mine looked once I was happy with the blending.

Eyeliner is what helps you create such an easy smokey eye. I like to use my Bobbi Brown Long – Wear Eye Pencil in black (Jet) to darken my lashline. You can use any type of liner as long as it can be blended – liquid eyeliner is unfortunately off the table here. Try and keep the eyeliner as close to the lashes as possible, as we want the darkest part to be at the lashes. It doesn’t matter if you can’t create a perfect straight line (this is the beauty of the smokey eye) because we’re going to be blending the line anyway!

This next step is what brings everything together.
Using the Detail Shader (237) pick up a dark warm tone (Cayenne) and begin to press/smudge this on top of the line you’ve just drawn with your eyeliner. The action you’ll be doing is pulling the eyeshadow down to the lashline to create a smoked out gradient effect. Again, keeping the darkest parts at the lashline. Here is where you can get creative and decide how dark you want your smokey eye to be. If you want it to be soft, only apply one dark warm tone, if you want it to get darker, add darker. I add the darkest colours of the palette (En Fuego & Ashes) and continue to do the same smudging action, only bringing it higher and closer to the crease. This creates a gradient effect on the eyelid, where the crease colour starts to blend into the dark colour at the lashline.

So it doesn’t look top-heavy, I use the Luxe Pencil (230) and use the same light warm colour (Sauced) to run along the lower lashline. Once that’s blended, I use the slightly more rich warm colour (He Devil) and blend that on top.

Using the same eyeliner as before, I run this under the lower lashes. I’ve also put this inside the top and bottom waterline to add more depth – this is again optional but I think it brings the look together.

To smudge out the eyeliner, grab the Luxe Pencil (230) with all three dark colours (Cayenne, En Fuego & Ashes). Blend this until you’re happy with the depth, add more if you want it darker.

The final steps are to add plenty of mascara and/or false eyelashes! My favourite mascara is the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara.

I really hope this has helped you create your favourite quick and easy smokey eye!

Melissa x


  • Lisa Posted January 30, 2019 11:33 am

    Loved your step by step guide to a smokey eye, really well described and so easy to follow. Thank you

    • Melissa Posted January 30, 2019 7:45 pm

      Thank you Lisa! So kind of you to comment x

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