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7 Steps to the perfect smokey eye

Nina Sutton is a beauty and style expert and on-camera host. She is also the author of the The Chic Moms Guide to Feeling Fabulous. Nina has appeared on shows such as The Doctors, E! Fashion Police, Oprah Winfrey Network, The Ricki Lake ...

Draw the eye

The smokey eye is a classic look that can look gorgeous on everyone! The trick is in choosing the right colors and applying them correctly. The smokey eye is actually a versatile look because you can choose colors to match the occasion and your mood.

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Apply primer

Prep your lids with an eye shadow primer so the color will not run.

Choosing the right colors

Choose two complimentary colors in a light and dark tone. Classic smokey eyes usually use a light grey and a dark, gunmetal shade. Other hues to try are a pale violet and purple or beige and a metal brown.

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Use light colors first

Apply the light shade across your entire lid to above your crease line.

Darken it up

Using an angled eye shadow brush, apply the darker shade in the crease of your eye, along the outer corner of the eyelid and across the upper lash line.

Don't forget the bottom

Apply the same darker color along your bottom lash line.

Line the eyes

Next, take a black or brown eyeliner and apply to your upper lash line and gently smudge.

The finishing touch

Finally, apply 2-3 coats of a volumizing black mascara.


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SheKnows Beauty writer, Tiernan McKay reminds us that learning the tricks of the trade for eye makeup is one thing, but it's just as important to make sure you look awake.

"Perhaps you feel awake, but your skin tells you otherwise? Or, maybe you can't shake that tired feeling and your skin agrees," she says.
"Either way, it's time to wake up your complexion!"

If it's simply impossible for you to fit in those recommended 8 hours of shut-eye, you can still appear to have a close relationship with your pillow. Follow these tips to help wake up your skin and fake the well-rested look.

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