It’s hard enough to master the smoky eye. Sure, it’s sultry and come hither. But a heavy hand can make you look like Jared Leto, who has been wearing enough black eyeliner to paint a shed lately. Thankfully, the newest look–a smoky, metallic eye–is actually easier to wear and harder to screw up in its application. Using rich, warm coppers or shimmery pewter hues is one way to soften the effect. Here’s a quick primer on how to get the look:
1. Apply concealer in an arc below the eye. (You must conceal before you start.) Then, line inside of eyes on both top and bottom with a black eye pencil. Be sure to get as close to the lash line as possible.
2. With a small eyeshadow brush, smudge and soften the black line on top and bottom. To soften the intensity, use a different brush to apply a very thin line of copper (see the Stila palette) or pewter eyeshadow (see the Bare Escentuals kit) over the black.
3. Finally, with a larger eyeshadow brush, apply the metallic color to the entire lid. Be sure to blend well, all the way up to the eyebrow.
4. Mascara time. A smoky eye without lots of mascara is like a bowl of cereal without milk. Apply liberally to both upper and lower lashes.