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How to Create a Smokey Eye

One of the most perpetually in-demand looks is sexy, smoky, cat eyes. There are a number of "smokey eye" methods that can be used, but here we focus on the classic look that mixes highlights and shadows for a vixen-in-the-bedroom allure.

We're using the following Cinema Secrets products:

  • Eye Primer
  • Ultimate Eyeshadow in Nude
  • Ultimate Eyeshadow in Very Black
  • Ultimate Mascara in Black
  • Setting Powder in Colorless
  • Powder Brush
  • Fluff Brush #3
  • Medium Blender Brush
  • Angle Detailer Brush
  • Stainless Steel Mixing Palette, Medium

Step 1

Squeeze a pea-sized amount of the Eye Primer onto a palette or other clean surface. (Tip: You can use a compact mirror if it's handy and clean.) Use the #3 Fluff Brush to apply a thin layer of primer over each eyelid, up to your brow bones.

Step 2

Use the Powder Brush to liberally dust Setting Powder beneath your eyes and over your cheekbones. Let the product sit, so you can see the white powder on your skin. This catches excess eyeshadow that may fall onto the cheeks and can easily be swept away later.

Step 3

Now that the primer has had time to set, use the same #3 Fluff Brush to apply Nude eyeshadow to your lids, all the way up to your brow bones.

Step 4

With your eye open, use the tip of the Medium Blender Brush to apply a "dotted line" of Black eyeshadow right above your eye crease. Glance down, and at the corner of your lid, make a short diagonal hash mark angled toward the end of your eyebrow to create a little cat tail. Then move the brush in a simple back-and-forth motion to blend the dotted line into a soft line of black moving from just above the crease toward the brow bone.

BONUS TIP! The more you blend, the softer the black will get. However, if the black headed toward your brow bone looks too dark, use the #3 Fluff Brush with a bit more Nude eyeshadow to brighten the brow bone and tone down the excess black.

Step 5

While looking down, use the Angle Detailer Brush to dab Black eyeshadow along your upper lash line. The easiest way to get a thin, straight line is to touch the sharp end of the brush close to the lashes and "connect the dots." Repeat this along the whole lash line.

Step 6

Repeat Step 5 on the lower lashes.

Step 7

Use the Powder Brush to dust off excess setting powder. (It should have collected any excess eyeshadow that may have fallen from your brush.)

Step 8

Apply black mascara to the top portion of your lashes. Let it dry for a moment, then apply mascara as normal.

Finish by adding heavier pencil or liquid eyeliner and cute false lashes, if desired.