Easy Everyday Smoky Eye

Easy Everyday Smoky Eye

Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing you a smoky eye look that is easy-to-do and wearable for everyday. This simple look was my go-to for years, and it uses one eyeshadow and one eyeliner. It’s very versatile and can be dressed up for special events easily.

The tools:

Eye primer
Eyeliner pencil
Eye brushes, including a larger fluffy brush, a lid/packing brush, and a smudger/detail brush.
Your eyeshadow of choice – something shimmery/satiny slightly darker than your skintone. I prefer cooler browns, taupes, and purples. The darker or more colorful, the bolder the look. Some of my favorites are below.


Liquid or pen eyeliner
Matte black eyeshadow
Inner corner highlight (especially if you do a warm look)
False lashes

The prep:

I first prime my eyes and do my face makeup. I’ve never been one for doing eye makeup first. With smudgy, smoky eyes in particular, I go between the upper and lower lashline frequently and am not willing to get concealer globbed all along my finished eye look. If you’re scared of fallout, consider a cream or stick shadow, like my Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Iced Mocha, or tilt your head forward.

The steps:

You can start by smudging out some eyeliner along your lashline. I don’t always do this, but it can help the lashes look darker. You can smudge it with a brush, your fingers, a foam smudger, etc, and can add a little black eyeshadow along it to make it more intense.

I then go in with my eyeshadow shade and apply it everywhere. I normally apply the color heavily along my lash line and my crease, and blend them both out to connect them along the upper part of the lid. Don’t forget the lower lash line, especially with how it meets the outer V, or the inner corner! Generally I avoid putting color too far into my inner corner crease area, as it closes off my eyes a lot. I also do use this darker shade in the inner corner, as the shimmer reflecting the light makes it look brighter. However, warmer shades and satin finishes don’t work as well in this instance. I’d recommend specific inner corner shades in this instance.

I then add some liner along my lash lines and blend them out with a smudging brush and some shadow. I do the upper and lower lash lines separately so the liner won’t set before it’s fully blended out. You want to use very little liner for more control, and want to build this up a few times. I focus the liner more along the outer third or half.

To make a smudgy wing, I start blending out some liner from along the upper lash line, and then follow it up with liner from the lower lash line for the sharp edge.

The finishing touches:

This is now a perfect time for tightlining your upper waterline. I only tightline along the inner third, as my eyes are very sensitive along the outer two thirds. My lashes are thick enough that I’ve never noticed a difference when I do try to tightline. As this is more of an everyday smoky eye, I don’t line my lower lashline. If you’re not comfortable with tightlining, you can also use a liquid or pen liner to make a very thin line without a wing.

Now just add lots of mascara and possibly false lashes!

The final look:

This can be intense if you’re not used to an everyday look like this. Everyday is definitely dependent on your style and your work/school situation, but I find that the right shade and a lighter hand can make this very understated. Do you need to darken your crease so much? Does a shade with a warmer or cooler undertone make a difference?

I also love that you can turn this into an evening look very simply. Just add some liner on your lower lash line!

The variations:

Here are a few different looks that I made using this same technique. I went from an everyday look for work (Urban Decay Smog shadow) to an intense purple smoky eye (Fyrinnae Sloth Snuggles).

I also tried out a warm-toned look using Rust-ic from the Sephora Vintage Filter palette and Suntan from the Cargo Land Down Under palette. Rust-ic wasn’t coming across as shimmery as I wanted, so I went over it with Suntan. The photo didn’t capture the warm color well.

–xo, Andi

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