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Makeup Gourmet Live S1 E9: Smoky Eyes

To Smoke Or Not To Smoke…


Continuing on in eye makeup techniques, this week is the Smoky Eye.

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If you watched Classic Contour Eyes last week, I demonstrated the anatomy of the eye as it pertains to eye shadow placement.

If you missed it, it as at time mark 8:01.

I strongly suggest watching this. Reason being is that this information applies to all eye shadow application regardless of the technique.

Getting eye shadow in the right place is mandatory for great eye makeup. As the intensity of the look increases, the more crucial it is to get color in the right place.

We will use this same anatomical placement of eye shadow for the smoky eye, only where the highest intensity (darkest) eye shadow color goes has changed.



Smoky is a technique, not a color. It is a shadowy gradient, extending away from the eye line, dark to light.

Any combination of colors may constitute a smoky eye.

Smoky Eye Works On Everyone

One cool thing about a Smoky Eye is that translates to all eye shapes, sizes and ages. Done properly, it is truly one of the easiest eye makeup looks to do that can really be a show stopper if that is the intention.


High Contrast Smoky Eye

Smoky, however, does not necessarily mean dramatic (high contrast). Smoky is a technique that may also be used with any variety of contrast and color.

Low Contrast Smoky Eye


Medium Contrast Smoky Eye



A Colorful Smoky Eye

As you can see, the Smoky Eye technique manifests itself with a wide variety of results, depending on the colors and intensities used.


What a Smoky Eye is not

A High Contour Eye is often referred to as a Smoky Eye, but it is not.

A High Contour Eye is an extension of a Classic Contour Eye and looks like this.

The crease color is blended up onto the outer brow bone and creates a heightened look to to the eye. The ball of the eye still shows a lighter contrast intensity to the crease. We will learn this in a later episode.


Here are 3 video tutorial versions of a smoky eye to better familiarize yourself with what is really a smoky eye.


Clean Smoky Eye


Dirty Smoky Eye


Sultry Smoky Eye: Clean to Dirty

Please join us Tuesday August 8th at 6pm PT on Makeup Gourmet YouTube channel for Smoky Eyes.
If you miss it live, there will be a recording of the live event soon after the live event has completed.


As a reminder

Follow your eyes anatomy and eye shadow will always look perfect!


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