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smokey eye makeup for beginners

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The smokey eye is one of the most popular makeup looks, and for good reason. It's simple, it's easy to apply, and it can be dramatic or subtle depending on your mood. The key is to choose a shade that is close to your natural skin color. Here are some great options for smokey eyeshadow for all ages.

Charlotte TilburyThe Classic Eye Powder Pencil

Size: .04 oz·ITEM: 2360808

Color: Classic Brown - soft dark brown

75 Reviews


I love how easy this eye pencil is to apply. I usually do more brown smokey eyes and this product gives it more of a soft look. ...This eyeliner creates the best Smokey eye effect I have ever seen.

What it is: An eye-powder pencil that creates a soft, subtle blendable line.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Mix of Oils and Powders: Makes liner easy to apply and blendable.
- Soothing Allantoin: Makes liner perfect for delicate eye area.

What Else You Need to Know: A mix of fine opaque powders for a soft, blendable line. Enriched with gentle Allantoin for long- wear, the powder formula can be easily layered up for a more dramatic, smoky evening look. As Charlotte puts it, "every woman needs an eye liner they can depend on."

MAKE UP FOR EVERAqua Resist Smoky Eyeshadow Stick

Size: .049 oz /1.4 g·ITEM: 2365641

Color: 15 Quartz - rose gold

67 Reviews


The only issue is that because it dries quickly, I don't have enough time to smudge the liner as a base of a smokey look but it is not a big deal....This color in particular is very beautiful for geeen smoky eye looks.

What it is: A three-in-one, 24-hour shadow, kohl, and liner stick for intense pigment and transfer-proof, waterproof, smudge-proof wear.

What Else You Need to Know: This 24-hour, multi-use stick provides blendable color and waterproof, transfer-proof, sweat-proof and smudge-proof wear. With a built-in sharpener for added precision, you can create any look, easily. Safe to use on the waterline and ophthalmologist-tested for sensitive eyes.

ILIAClean Line Gel Eyeliner

Size: 0.01 oz/ 0.4 g·ITEM: 2334969

Color: Dusk - brown

91 Reviews


This liner smudged and irritated my eyes...I have very sensitive eyes and the only liner that doesn’t irritate my eyes is the Sephora kohl eye pencil, so I guess I’ll stick with that one. ...Even though I'm not the most skilled with eye liner, this one smudges nicely. and creates a subtle smoky eye.

What it is: A precision gel liner that glides on, blends like a dream, and boasts budge-proof wear.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: Works like a pencil, holds like a gel. This clean eyeliner gives you the flexibility to create a range of looks: blend it out for a smoky effect or subtly hug the lash line.

MAKE UP FOR EVERAqua Smoky Extravagant Waterproof Mascara

Size: 0.23 oz/ 6.8 mL·ITEM: 1586072

Color: Black

366 Reviews


So I gave Make Up for Ever smokey eyes ago and I love it!! Over they years I have tried loads of different mascara so and nothing compared to Lancôme but now I have found it!! ...I like this mascara but for some reason it makes my eyes burn. Which makes me start rubbing them and gets all over my eye(I think it's because I have a oily face).

What it is:
A waterproof mascara formula created for performers.

What it does:
Add volume, length, curl, and precision to lashes. This lash-defining product lays on color using an exclusive micro-defining complex that envelops the surface of lashes with ultrablack pigments for far-away impact. The two-in-one, cone-shaped, synthetic fiber brush has a precision tip that separates lashes, and a rounded base to create extravagant volume and defined precision from any distance. It delivers longwearing color without clumping.

What else you need to know:
This water-resistant formula uses an innovative, non-sticky wax complex to resist clumping.

Armani BeautyEye Tint Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeshadow

Size: 0.13 oz/ 3.9 mL·ITEM: 2229870

Color: 27 Sunset - red purple

985 Reviews


Easy Smokey Eye...I love the Giorgio Armani Eye Tints for easy, one step eye looks. I especially love using the darker shades to layer on top the lighter shades and create a simple, one-step smokey eye look. ...Smokey Eye...I like to wear it when I do a Smokey eye. It definitely makes a statement.

What it is: A long-lasting, crease-proof liquid eyeshadow in multiple finishes with up to 16 hours of buildable color and a lightweight feel.

What Else You Need to Know: This liquid eyeshadow features pure color pigments in a water-infused formula for buildable, high-impact color that glides on smoothly and blends easily. The multipurpose applicator allows for a variety of bold eyeshadow, eyeliner, and smoky eye looks—no primer required.

Clinical Results: In a study conducted in 2013 with a panel of 65 women ages 20–50, for a one-week duration in France:
- 86.7% of women agree the product does not smudge after 16 hours of wear
- 92.3% of women agree the product has luminous color


They shadows are pigmented and blend easily. Perfect for a warm smokey eye look. I love the component as well. Definitely recommend if you’re in the market for a luxury eyeshadow palette!...I now need a date night so I can see what kind of Smokey eye I should go for!

What it is: A palette inspired by Tom Ford’s philosophy of sculpting features with light and symmetry that contours eyes with melting, magnetizing shades.

What Else You Need to Know: Infused with a pigment technology that combines lush emollients and mimics the structure of skin’s ceramides, Eye Color Crème long-wearing eyeshadows move with skin for a crease- and flake-resistant finish and high-impact intensity.

stilaStay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Size: 0.016 oz/ 0.5 mL·ITEM: 2100915

Color: Intense Smoky Quartz - espresso

11.3K Reviews


Good if you don't want the smokey eye effect and just want something clean...Great Eye Liner!...It is also easy to smudge right after application to give a smokey eye look!

What it is:
An easy-application, waterproof liquid liner that stays on all day and night.

What it does:
This easy-glide, quick-dry precision liner stays in place until you say when—no smudges, feathering, or running. The thin, marker-like tip is easy to use, even for the beauty beginner, and delivers any look—from a thin line to a bold, dramatic stroke. It goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, and lasts all day.

TOM FORDEye Color Quad Eyeshadow Palette

Size: 0.35 oz/ 9.9 g·ITEM: 2230258

Color: Body Heat

2.4K Reviews


Love the colors pigmented and buttery, did a Smokey eye and it looked pretty...I loved the colors and used all of them to create the perfect subtle smokey eye!

What it is: A palette of coordinated eyeshadows that comes in a range of finishes designed to create iconic, soft-to-bold TOM FORD eyes.
What Else You Need to Know: With this palette, you can achieve multiple looks from a bold, smoky eye, to a sexy slash of color, and everything in between. The four luxurious finishes—sheer sparkle, satin, shimmer, and matte—are formulated with advanced color processes and offer a spectrum of intensity and effects. Two custom applicators are also included.

"Eyes are the most effective way to create character, to reflect your personality and make a true statement with your look."—Tom Ford


It’s perfect if you love neutrals and or want a smokey eye look. Reminds me of the OG shade and light eye palette. ...If you are eyeing this palette, I would highly recommend going in store to see it for yourself and do some swatches. Lastly, using an eye primer helped the shadows stay on for more than 8 hours on me.

What it is: A 12-shade palette in matte, neutral tones and matching metallics to create the perfect smoky eye.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens. It is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Forget your boring gray-browns and dull blacks. This staple, ultra-matte eyeshadow formula is talc-free and features a brand new, cream-matte black with no fallout. It’s time to indulge yourself in the greatest palette of all time.

This Palette Contains:
- 6 x 0.035 oz/ 1 g Matte Eyeshadows in Blurr (ultra-matte warm beige), Unseen (ultra-matte medium brown), Discreet (ultra-matte neutral caramel brown), Fade (ultra-matte warm pecan brown), Enigma (ultra-matte auburn), Dark Matter (ultra-matte Pitch Black)
- 4 x 0.


There is a great mix of shiny and matte shades and you can do a simple eye with one colour or go all out with a great smokey eye and use multiple shades since they coordinate so well. ...My New Go-To Eye Palette!...This set is simply perfect for travel, but I’ll be using this NUDESTIX Eye Pencil Palette for both easy every day eyes, and when the mood calls for more dramatic/smokey eye looks.

What it is: A curated, limited-edition, six-piece eye pencil palette that is inspired by Mother Nature.

Ingredient Callouts: These products are vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: The Nude Earth eye pencil palette is clean, vegan, and makes creating naturally effortless earthy nude and smoky nude eyes so easy. Each Nude Earth eye pencil is multitasking and can be used as an eye liner, eye shadow, and eye color primer. This palette features universal tones in matte and metallic textures. It’s packaged in 100 percent reusable and recyclable tin with mirror and sharpener that goes where you go. For every (1)

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