Smokey eye makeup, as the name implies, consists of light eyeshadow blended into dark eyeshadow to create a “smokey” effect. This can range from a soft blending of shades to dramatic, full black smokey eye makeup. Initially consisting of mostly blacks and grays, the smokey eye makeup has evolved into a technique that can be done with any colors that you desire. Whether you opt for classic warm tones or a rainbow eyeshadow palette, you can create the smokey effect with any color combo as long as you are using a mix of light and dark shades. Back in the ’90s, the smokey eye had a matte aesthetic, but nowadays there are many sparkly variations. This makeup technique was on and off the spotlight throughout the years, but it seems that 2019 is the year of the classic smokey. Here are our favorite celebrity smokey eye makeup looks to use for inspiration.
This cool-toned smokey eye seen on Elsa Hosk is as dramatic as it gets. Makeup artist Hung Vanngo left harsh, unblended edges on purpose for a statement look. This makeup look will work best for those that have enough lid space to pull off these smoked-out feline flicks.