15 Smokey Eye Tutorials – Step by Step Guide to Perfect Hollywood Makeup

When you think of smokey eyes makeup, one thing stands out.

They are definitely a signature power move.

Try some smokey eyes, and everyone will look at you as emancipated, powerful, strong, and a woman with her own personality and opinion.

What woman does not want to exude a sense of power?

But let’s be fair, getting the right smokey eye makeup is not easy.

Hopefully, we can help you get your signature go-to makeup move.

Let’s get down to business.

1. Everyday Neutral Smokey Eye Tutorial

Everyday Neutral Smokey Eye Tutorial

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This is your neutral option for an everyday look.

Get it for a coffee date or something similar.

What you need?

  • Ivory base shadow
  • White shade
  • Brown eyeshadow
  • Black eyeliner

Instructions:

  1. Start by filling the entire upper lid with an ivory base to prepare your eyes for the makeup
  2. Highlight your brow bone by applying white shade
  3. Brush brown onto the outer lid, and then sweep over crease softly
  4. Blend out the edges of the upper lid softly, and then brush brown shade under the lower lid
  5. Curl your lashes, line the upper lid and the waterline, and then add mascara to the top and bottom lashes to complete the look

2. Intense Metallic Smokey Eye Tutorial

intense smokey eye tutorial

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If you are looking for a glamorous look, this easy to do intense metallic smokey eye tutorial is your best friend.

What you need?

  • Neutral eyeshadow
  • Black eyeshadow
  • Grey eyeshadow
  • Glitter
  • Black eyeliner
  • Mascara

Instructions:

  1. Start by applying neutral base eyeshadow to the upper lid. Follow it up with grey eyeshadow and silver glitter over the entire upper lid
  2. Apply black eyeshadow in the crease and then smudge the corner
  3. Apply black eyeliner to the lower lash line
  4. Apply some grey eyeshadow over to tone down the look
  5. Finish off by curling your lashes with mascara

3. Shimmery Smoky Eye Like a Pro

Shimmery Smoky Eye Like a Pro

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We all need some drama every now and then.

But if you are not ready to go completely over the top, this is a toned down dramatic look.

What you need?

  • Primer
  • Dark creamy pencil
  • Neutral brown shades
  • Black shimmery eyeshadow
  • Dark bronze eyeshadow
  • Light beige shadow
  • False eyelashes
  • Gold glitter
  • Black eyeliner

Instructions:

  1. Start by applying primer all over your eye, ensuring the makeup lasts longer
  2. Apply creamy pencil in a dark color with a bit of shimmer all over your lid and crease. This will serve as a base of the makeup and make sure the other colors pop
  3. Apply black shimmery shadow all over your lid and on the lower lash line. Use a medium flat-tipped brush
  4. Use a blending brush to blend the two colors, the black shimmery, and now the dark bronze upward and slightly over the crease
  5. Apply light beige on the brow bone and blend towards the crease to eliminate harsh lines
  6. Apply shimmery gold along the lower lash line
  7. If you want to make your eyes pop, you need some false eyelashes. If not, go for mascara to get thicker and longer lashes
  8. Finish off with pretty gold glitter toward the inner lower lash line for more sparkle, and then line your eyes with black eyeliner

4. Pink smokey eyes

pink smokey eyes

For those that want a bit of romance, pink is the color to go.

You will still look powerful, but with a touch of innocence and fairytale beauty.

What you need?

  • Liquid foundation
  • Soft black pencil
  • Soft brush
  • Black kajal pencil
  • Light pink eyeshadow
  • Liquid eyeliner

Instructions:

  1. Apply eyeshadow base or liquid foundation all over the eyelids
  2. Using a soft black pencil, apply to the upper lid
  3. Blend your edges using a soft brush
  4. It is time to apply the soft pink eyeshadow above the black
  5. Get a liquid eyeliner and line your eyes, but also the waterline with a kajal pencil
  6. For those that want to go the extra step, apply white or light pink under the eyebrows
  7. Line the lower eyelids with the black kajal pencil, and apply some pink shadow on the inner corner of your eyes
  8. Finish off with mascara, and you are ready to go

5. Sultry Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

sultry smokey eye makeup

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This tutorial will help you take your smokey eyes to the next level.

Specifically designed for special occasions or night on the town.

What you need?

  • Light brown, matte eyeshadow
  • Amber eyeshadow
  • Black eyeshadow
  • Black pencil liner
  • Golden eyeshadow

Instructions:

  1. Apply light brown, and matte eyeshadow across the middle of the upper lid
  2. Add amber eyeshadow, starting from the inner corner and moving to the center of the lid
  3. Carefully add black eyeshadow to the outer corner of the upper lid, and then blend across
  4. Bring the black eyeshadow down and around the lower lash line
  5. With a black pencil liner, line the upper lash line and your water line
  6. Add just a touch of golden eyeshadow to the inside of the lower lash line, and then finish off with false eyelashes or mascara

6. Classy Smokey Eyes

classy smokey eye

For those that want the classic, we have you covered.

Simple and classy, this is a makeup you can get in less than 10 minutes.

What you need?

  • Neutral base eyeshadow
  • Black eyeshadow
  • Black eyeliner
  • Orange, gold, or yellow shadow

Instructions:

  1. Start by applying neutral base eyeshadow to serve as a foundation to your smokey eye makeup
  2. Apply black eyeshadow, starting from the center of your upper lid, and then moving towards the outer corner of the eye
  3. Apply the same black eyeshadow to the lower outer corner of the eye. Follow it up with black eyeliner on the upper lash line
  4. Apply some golden, yellow, or light orange shadow on the lower lid
  5. Curl your lashes with mascara,  and your look is ready

7. Halo Smokey Eyes

halo smokey eye

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This look is created by using three shadows from a palette for smokey eyes.

It is a must-have for every woman who wants to look classy.

What you need?

  • Nude base shadow
  • Black eyeshadow
  • Dark grey eyeshadow
  • Black eyeliner

Instructions:

  1. Start by applying nude base color to the lower half of the lid. Follow up with black eyeshadow to the inner third of the upper lid
  2. Repeat the previous step to the outer corner, but be sure to leave the light base eyeshadow in the corner of the lid
  3. Apply dark grey eyeshadow through the crease of the lid
  4. Blend across the crease, starting from the inner corner, and moving outward
  5. Bring a highlight to the brow line using the nude eyeshadow
  6. Now bring the black eyeshadow down and around to the lower lash line
  7. Apply finishing touches by lining the upper lash line with black eyeliner and lightly lining the outer half of the lower lash line. Add a few coats of mascara to the upper and lower lashes, and your makeup is ready

8. Purple Smokey Eyes

purple smokey eyes

The look is specifically designed for all of you drama queens out there.

When you want to stand out from the crowd, this look will help you achieve that.

What you need?

  • Nude base color
  • Black eyeshadow
  • Pencil
  • Black eyeliner
  • Dark purple eyeshadow
  • Violet eyeshadow

Instructions:

  1. Start by applying nude base shadow to the entire lid, both upper and lower
  2. Using a pencil, apply dark color to your entire upper lid. Smudge it with a soft brush
  3. Apply black eyeliner to the lower lash line
  4. Apply purple eyeshadow on top of the black. Follow it up with some violet closer to the eyebrows
  5. Add some glitter to make your makeup sparkle, and finish off with mascara

9. Gold-bronze smoke eye makeup

gold bronze smokey eye makeup

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Perfect for a party night, this look will give you a gorgeous look, without going over the top.

Subtle beauty is the best way to describe the look.

What you need?

  • Nude base eyeshadow
  • Light bronze eyeshadow
  • Black eyeliner
  • Gold eyeshadow
  • Golden glitter

Instructions:

  1. Start by applying nude base eyeshadow all over your upper eyelid. Follow it up with light bronze shadow, and blend the two colors together
  2. Apply gold shadow on the upper lid
  3. Apply black eyeliner on the lower lash line, and then follow with some light gold/bronze shadow on the lower lid
  4. With a bronze pencil define the lines of your look
  5. Put some mascara to emphasize your eyes, and finish off with some golden glitter on the upper lid

10. Navy And Purple Smoky Eye Tutorial

navy purple matte smokey eye

In this tutorial, we will look at navy and purple for a sophisticated and royal look.

What you need?

  • Nude neutral base color
  • Light purple eyeshadow
  • Matte purple shadow
  • Matte navy shadow
  • False eyelashes
  • Black eyeliner

Instructions:

  1. Start by applying a nude neutral base color on the upper lid
  2. Follow up with some light purple eyeshadow. Blend the two together
  3. Now it is time to apply the matte purple eyeshadow on your entire upper lid
  4. Add navy matte in the outer corner, and blend it with the matte purple
  5. Blend the matte purple and matte navy on the lower lid as well
  6. Define your eyes and lines using a black eyeliner
  7. Put some fake eyelashes on

11. Gun Metal Smokey Eye

gun metal smokey eye

Metallic makeup and metallic colors are taking over in the past few years.

It is time for you to join the movement.

What you need?

  • Neutral base color
  • Black eyeshadow
  • Grey shimmery eyeshadow
  • Black eyeliner
  • Nude shimmery shadow
  • Glitter

Instructions:

  1. Start by applying neutral base color on the upper lid. Follow up with some black eyeshadow in the inner corner of your eye. Apply grey shimmery shadow in the center of the upper lid, and then smudge the black and grey together
  2. Apply some nude shimmery shadow under the eyebrows to complete the metallic and sparkling look
  3. Define your eyes using a black eyeliner
  4. Complete the look with just a touch of mascara, your makeup is already sparkling enough
  5. If you like, you can always add some glitter on the upper lid

12. Purple & Gold Eye Makeup

purple and gold eye makeup

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If you have a special occasion, or a big event coming up, you can try this glamorous look.

What you need?

  • Primer
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Light purple eyeshadow
  • Deep purple eyeshadow
  • Black eyeliner
  • Gold eyeshadow

Instructions:

  1. Start by applying primer, as you do not want your makeup to smear on your special occasion. Follow up with the desired foundation, no matter if it is liquid or powder. Conceal dark circles with a soft mineral concealer
  2. Start with some light purple eyeshadow on the upper lid, focusing on the internal corner of the eye and below the brow. This will highlight and open up your eyes. Dip the tip of a blending brush in deep purple eyeshadow, and then apply on the external corner of the eye, along the crease to add depth to your makeup. Blend them, so there are no harsh lines
  3. Line the upper and lower lash line with black eyeliner, extending the line of the upper lid in order to create a wing. Apply gold eyeshadow under the lower lash line for more sparkle
  4. Finish off with some mascara

13. Golden Brown Smokey Eye

golden brown smokey eye

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This tutorial is the perfect example that smokey eyes are no longer limited to just celebrities.

You can get a casual smokey eye for a perfect daily coffee break.

What you need?

  • Brown shadow
  • Black Kohl
  • Golden eyeshadow

Instructions:

  1. Start by applying brown shadow to line your bottom lash
  2. From there, apply black kohl starting from the water line and moving to the top lash line
  3. Blend in brown color eyeshadow from the outer corner of the eyes, and then move to the center of the eyes
  4. Complete the look by blending golden eyeshadow from the inner corner to the center of your eyes

14. Brown Smoky Eye with Thick Eyeliner

Brown Smoky Eye with Thick Eyeliner

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A look that will last from day to night, perfect for those busy schedule days when you have no time to change your makeup.

What you need?

  • Light color eyeshadow
  • Dark brown eyeshadow
  • Black eyeliner
  • Gold eyeshadow

Instructions:

  1. Start with a light color in the corner of the eyes on both the top and bottom
  2. Blend out towards a darker brown on the outer corners. Do this step on both top and bottom
  3. With an eyeliner, line along the lash line along the top, and then the bottom eyelid. Frame your style
  4. Add a touch of golden eyeshadow in the inner corner

15. The Perfect Smokey Eye

the perfect smokey eye

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This is the ultimate tutorial.

You can be sure you will look your best when trying.

What you need?

  • Black eyeliner
  • Deep and dark brown-black matte shadow
  • Warm, dusty brown matte shadow
  • Soft, white matte shadow
  • False lashes

Instructions:

  1. Unlike most tutorials, this time we start off with the eyeliner. Use a black eyeliner to line your eye
  2. Apply deep and dark brown-black matte shadow to the upper lid and outer corner of your eye
  3. Follow up with warm, and dusty brown matte shadow and blend the two together
  4. Last, but not least, apply soft white matte shadow around your entire eye to finish off the shape
  5. If you like, add false lashes or mascara, it is up to you

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