The smoky eye is one of those classic makeup looks that when done right, appears perfectly smudgy and effortless. But anyone who’s ever watched a tutorial will know that it actually takes a fair bit of work, which, naturally, can be a bit off-putting.
Enter Sydney-based makeup artist Natalie Wright, who has offered to break the look down for us step-by-step.
“When they hear smoky eye, a lot of people assume they need to be using black eyeshadow,” she says, adding, “but that’s not necessarily true.”
Opting instead for browns, bronzes and other neutral colours is not only almost universally flattering on most eye colours and skin tones, but it’s also much more wearable, Wright says.
Start with an eyeshadow primer like Urban Decay Original Primer Potion, $33 to start off with a really clean base. Simply swipe it across the eyelid and wait a few minutes for it to fully sink into the skin and set.
Take the midtone eyeshadow colour from your palette and start 'contouring' where the eye socket is (in makeup terms, this starts from the outside of the upper lid and goes into the centre of the eyelid).
Take the lighter colour from the palette and press it all over your eyelid, including over the powder you've already applied.