How to Rock a Smoky Eye During the Day

Beauty & Style | Melanie Yvette Martin | 07/22/2015 | 11:29 AM EDT

4 Tips to a Daytime Smoky Eye

Are you a beauty girl that really wants a captivating daytime smoky eye without the harsh, dark shadows that compliment it? Well, here are a few steps to obtaining your chicest smoky eye for a daytime event (or even work).


Start with a brown base shadow

Instead of packing on a dark, deep shadow, sweep on a brown shadow that is one or two shades darker than your skin tone. This will help set the tone for the smoky eye effect without adding the nighttime heaviness an artist would use on a “normal” smoky eye.


Use a purple, light blue or even grey shadow instead of black

Most of the time, makeup artist will fill your creases with a black shadow for the complete smoky eye effect. However, for a daytime look, add a purple or even blue, instead. This way you’ll give the sultry effect without looking like your heading to the club.


Line with a navy or dark brown pencil

The liner is a major part of revving up the sex appeal for a smoky eye. But, if you’re trying to pull this look off for work or even a brunch date, you want to be sure you’re not going over board. For darker women, a navy eyeliner like the Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof liner.


Add a little sparkle

Quickly brighten up your face with a little sparkle. A loose glitter may even do the trick. The key to this finishing touch to dab on gently on your lids. The best bet is to use your middle finger from your dominant hand, and lightly tap your finger in the middle of your lid. If your crease color is purple, opt for a sparkle that has a purple or silver tint to it., like the MAC Pigment in Kitschmas  If you’re one to add your eye makeup after you’ve put on your foundation, cover up and loose glitter or shadow that falls on your upper cheekbone with foundation or concealer for the perfect complete look.


Added tip: always add a nude lip to your look and top off with an bronze or mauve blush, lightly applied to your cheeks. 

(Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

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