Get a quick smoky eye look

You’re headed out for a hot date or a fun night at the hottest spot in town with the girls. You want a bold, smoky eye, but you want it fast.

Olivia Wilde's smokey eyes

Smoky eyes… sounds complicated, doesn’t it? The look isn’t meant for when you’re in a hurry to get out the door, right?

Good news, a smoky eye doesn’t have to take long and it doesn’t have to be black. Rich brown, deep plum or dark green all work well too.

With these tips, you can do a fast smoky eye, and even if you’re headed from work to cocktails, these products all stash easily in your bag for an on-the-go look.

Go with full color on the eye in one shade on your lids and skip contouring/shading if you’re in a hurry. Grab a chubby pencil in a dark color like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide on Shadow Pencil ($20) in Wasteland (Brown) or Mercury (Charcoal) and apply it all across the eyelid. It should look subtly smudged on its own, but if not, a quick hit with cotton swab or finger will do the trick.

Next, take a pencil in deep black like Maybelline’s Master Drama by Eye Studio in Midnight Master ($7)  and line the top and bottom lash lines, using a smudging brush or cotton swab to blend the lines for a softer edge.

Apply two or three generous coats of a dark black mascara like Make Up For Ever’s appropriately named Smoky Lash ($22) for extra length and long wear, and voila, you’re ready to go.

Keep the rest of your makeup simple — light blush and a neutral or medium lip rounds out this look perfectly.

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