Wedding Season Series, Part 2. The Smokey Eye


“Smokey eye” is a term that gets thrown around quite a bit, and for good reason. It’s gorgeous on every eye shape, when done well. The idea is pretty simple: keep the inner lid and corner of the eye lighter, and the outer edge and lash lines dark. Blend the dark into the light, side to side and up and down, and end with smoldering hot eyes.

Although a deep black smokey eye is gorgeous and a perfect go-to for any evening event or night out, don’t be afraid to try other colors. Here’s an example of a purple smokey eye for an alternative to black. If you’re sporting a dramatic eye it’s always best to go natural or nude with your lips. Don’t feel like you have to wash out your lips with concealer and a matte lipstick, natural lips with a bit of clear or light pink gloss will look fabulous too.

If you are preparing to be a bride yourself this season or in the future a smokey eye is perfect as it plays up your eyes and allows you to down play your lips. Bold red lips are gorgeous, but not for that first kiss as a married couple. Don’t risk the “won’t budge” claims and aim for neutral or natural lips. Smeared red all over the groom and you is never a good look.

And with that here is my tutorial on applying a Smokey Eye, for as with all things in life and makeup, the Devil’s in the details.


The Foundation Tutorial

What I used:

Eye Colors (all Mary Kay):

Lavender Fog for All Over the Lid

Silver Satin for the Inner Crease and Lower Lashes

Coal for the Outer Crease

White Lilly for the Highlighter

Crystalline for the “Beauty Dot”

Spun Silk for the Inner Corner and Center of Lid

L’Oreal Silkissime Eye Liner in Black

Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara in Black


Flat Brush

Crease Brush

Smudger Brush

Eye Contouring Brush

Lash Curler

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