Makeup How-to: the Perfect Subtle Smokey Eye ...


Makeup artist Lauren Cosenza (writer of is about to rock your world with this tutorial of how to get a subtle yet statement-making smokey eye!

Here's what you need to know:

What you'll need:


White powder eye shadow

White cream eye shadow

Brownish-gray powder eye shadow

Black eyeliner

First things first, priming.

Prep your eyes with a silicone-based primer.

Try Urban Decay Primer Potion (

After that, using a wide shadow brush, sweep a white powder eyeshadow over your eyelid.

Try using MAC's Eye Shadow in "Gesso" (

Now, start working on creating an ombrรจ effect at the inner corner of your eyes using a white cream shadow.

Try the Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream shadow in "Snow" (

With a shadow brush, start to intensify the white shade at the inner "V" of your eyes.

Once that's done, it's time to use a brownish-gray shadow to add the smokey look.

Use a shadow brush to blend the dark shadow at the outer corner of your eye but make sure to diffuse it so it isn't too intense.

After all, this is a subtle look, remember?

You can dust the dark shade along your lower lash line to finish the edgy look.

Use MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in "Embark," (

If you're going to add eyeliner to the look, now's the time to wing it out.

Line your top lash line with whatever liner works best for you (i.e: liquid, gel, or pencil).

You're almost done!

Now, all you need to do is top off your look with some mascara!

Bam - your subtle smokey eye is complete.

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