Saturday, February 17th, 2007

Silver/gray smokey eyes video tutorial!

For a soft, gray smoky eye, check out this tutorial instead.

The following tutorial is for a very dramatic smokey eye that is basically black. It is considered sultry, sexy, and some might refer to it as the “Victoria Secret Model” look.


You will need the following products: a matte black base (Blacktrack fluidline), a matte black powder eyeshadow (Carbon eyeshadow), a matte highlight that’s similar to your skintone (Performance eyeshadow), another matte highlight that’s similar to your skintone, but darker than the one before (Malt eyeshadow), a black eye kohl (Graphblack technakohl, Blacktrack fluidline) and [optionally] a shimmery silver or black eyeshadow if you want a shimmery look (Silver Ring eyeshadow).

You will need the following tools: a separate brush or sponge-tip applicator to use with the black base (like the 252), a blending brush for the black shadow (cheap Target brush), and a blending brush for the highlight colors (Philosophy blending brush). To clean up fall-out, using a cosmetic remover wipe works best and is easiest to quickly eradicate the black fall out underneath the eyes.


Using a firm, flat brush, pick up just a dab of Blacktrack fluidline. This is all we are going to use for one entire eye, and yes, it will really be enough. A little goes a long way, and it is better to start small and add as required rather than deal with an overabundance of product!


Begin applying Blacktrack fluidline as your base on the inner portion of your lid. You want to place the brush as pictured and pull the color upwards and outwards to begin covering the lower part of your lid. You want to make sure you establish some sort of shape, whatever your preference in. I prefer something similar to the curvature of my natural eye. Do your best to make it fairly curved, but it does not have to be perfect – a few imperfections will disappear through the process.


You have applied most of the product initially on the brush, and you will spend the next few steps spreading it out by pulling the color upward and outward from the middle portion of your lower lid.


Continue covering your lid in Blacktrack fluidline by making sure to color your outer lid as well.


Pulling the color upwards and outwards will cause the color to look faded and streaky. This occurs and is expected, but is easily remedied by simply brushing downwards once you have pulled the color the appropriate height. You can also gently pat the color back into a smoother place.


This is the positioning of your brush when you are patting color into place or if you wanted to pull your brush downwards to ensure a flat surface, rather than a streaky one, as mentioned in the previous step.


This is what your finished product should look like.


Using a separate blending brush, pick up Carbon eyeshadow. You may need to return and pick up more of the black shadow as you work on the look.


In a similar fashion as applying the base, start packing on Carbon eyeshadow all over the black portion of your lid.


You want to make sure you get the shadow on all of your base, because it helps the eyeshadow and the base to set.


You want to go all the way to the edges, and if you go over, that’s perfectly okay!


Keep your brush at this angle as you apply Carbon eyeshadow to the outer edge of the base. This will help you be more precise with application and keep you in the same line as the base itself.


To help soften some of the line, gently swish your brush back and forth over the outer edge.


It will take a few times before you see the edge soften. Do not spend forever doing this, because we will help soften the edge further using our highlights.


Using a separate brush for the highlighter colors, pick up Performance eyeshadow with your brush.


Apply Performance eyeshadow directly underneath your brow onto your browbone. You want to place it towards the inner portion of your brow.


Gently slide your brush over the space beneath your eyebrow as you make your way towards the outer portion of the brow.


You can choose to continue using Performance eyeshadow, or you can use a slightly darker color like Malt eyeshadow. Keeping the brush at the pictured angle, cover the very outermost edge of black with Malt eyeshadow. Do not worry about all the fall out on the black eyeshadow – it is such a cinch to fix.


Gently brush the black shadow into the highlighter colors to help soften the harsh edge of black.


Using the brush you used to apply Carbon eyeshadow, hold it horizontally against your lid, along the outer portion of the black shadow and brush upwards and outwards, to help create a gray area that creates a gradient of black to highlight.


Gently swish the brush along the curve of the outermost edge of the black shadow.


This is what you should have when the eye is closed.


This is what you should have when the eye is open.


I prefer the shadow to go higher, so I am using my brush from applying Carbon to help heighten the black portion of the shadow by repeating the previous steps.


Similarly acting out the steps before, only this time increasing the amount of black space.


Using the brush you used to apply Carbon eyeshadow, pick up a touch of the black shadow and hold your brush horizontally against your outer lower lash line. Gently dab the brush against the outermost portion of your lower lash line and then carefully move it towards the inside of your lash line, but ensure that you stop one third to one half of the way.


This is what it should look like. You can clean up as you go, or you can clean up when you are finished (there is a fairly prominent stray black line underneath the lower lash line that will be cleaned up).


I find that kohl pencil liners are easy to use, but Blacktrack fluidline is fabulous for staying on the waterline. Both Graphblack technakohl and Blacktrack fluidline will give the same dark, black liner, though. I take my technakohl and dip the tip into Blacktrack fluidline, just to get a touch of the fluidline.


I apply the fluidline I had picked up with the technakohl liner by starting in the middle of my lower lash line and moving outwards in both directions, continually sliding back and forth over my lower lash line and lower waterline.

Add mascara of your choice, curl lashes if desired, and your eyes are finished. To complete the look, minimize focus on cheeks and lips by using a light-handed blush like Pearl Sunshine beauty powder and a deeper contouring color to dramatize features. Lips are best if left in either neutral or nude shades, but a slight pink or coral coloring will not destroy the look.

If you wanted a shimmery black shadow look, then read the following four steps.


Using your blending brush, pick up a shimmery black or silver eyeshadow like Black Tied eyeshadow or Silver Ring eyeshadow. Since I do not have Black Tied, I will be using Silver Ring. If you have a shimmery black shadow, you can simply apply that on top and you really do not need to do more.


This is what it looks like after you’ve applied Silver Ring shadow.


Using the brush you used to apply Carbon eyeshadow, pick up more of it and apply all over lid; make sure to cover the silver portions.


This is what it should look like – a bit more shimmery than before. Alternately, you can use a shimmery base and a matte black shadow to achieve the same effect. For my typical shimmery smokey eye, I use Silver pigment as my base, which has plenty of shimmer in it.




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486 thoughts on “Tutorial – Black Smokey Eye

  1. Jasmine_Malaysia

    Hi Christine! This tutorial was wonderful! Thanks for taking your time to do this. :)

  2. Tinks

    Thank you for making my NYE make up so incredibly sultry! ;]

  3. you look absolutely gorgeous, stunning! thank you for the step by step tutorial, i will definitely try to recreate it and it will be so easy to do thanks to how you described everything!

  4. azleah

    This is effin’ awesome!

    ♥ the effect is just amazing!

    I’ve Smokey noir eyeshadow but still lack of the other… Will try to d.i.y soon ;)

  5. thank you sooooooooooooooo much! :D

  6. Erica

    you are really beautiful! i have always wanted to try this look, but i always find the drawn diagrams for it. yuck. lol. thanks for breaking it down. you look great

  7. Terri

    I don’t like how you did this tutorial..
    I don’t like the dark carbon colour and the eyelashes are clumped together..
    /: Sorry.

  8. ashley

    wow, im gnna try this soon. =D i have been trying to get it just rite and this was a really helpfull tut.

  9. Angel

    hey!
    Your amazing! I’ve finally Learnt Smokey eyes make up! Tnx so much.
    Whats the mascara you’ve used?

  10. sandhya singh

    i like it

  11. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! sice i had colored eyes since there hazel i hope my eye color stand out more

  12. Kate77

    u look gr8… well, i was looking out for something worth trying…so i guess i will have to do this soon….

  13. Pam.

    Cool! :) Can i try it to my Graduation day?

  14. Nevaeh

    I have a spring dance coming up and I wana look sexy!!! This tutorial ota do the trick! ;D

      • Nevaeh

        Jus a quick question… I’m used to buying cheap makeup 4m drugstores and nvr really new the difference btween drugstore makeup and the expensive brands… except the fact that drugstore brands r waaayyy cheaper but, is the quality of the brands like channel, sephora, and mac better? Btw my fav drugstore brand is Maybelline (They hav the best mascara Ive ever tried) :)

  15. There’s nothing like a shy teenage girl that doesn’t have a clue about makeup! Thank you so much! Your tutorial was very easy to follow and very helpful :) I have to say, I look pretty good now! HAHAH

  16. Sydney

    You are so gorgeous! You look amazing with your hair up. I just can’t pull it off. And I love this look on you.

  17. Daisie

    Thank you so much for this!
    This is the best tutorial I have seen for smokey eyes and will be sure to use it over and over again :)

  18. amira

    thank you. this was really great compared to all the other tips i checked out. the pictures help so much.

  19. TT

    Fantastic photos and very nice performed! WOW WOW – you looks pretty!

  20. gail

    thank you. very nice tutorial indeed.
    I am excited to buy a new makeup. I love this look. I had this look before and I looked fab. Thanks!

  21. yanet

    i love it!!!

  22. annu

    best ever site i ve seen love it.. i jot down all products n vl buy it soon

  23. annu

    srsly! fabulous!! i vl buy it n going to try it soon!

  24. Ashley Tatton

    Old post comment, I know but woah, you look completely different with this eye shadow shape! I love it! You look great both ways. I also love how serious you look in the last one haha. :) Great tutorial!

  25. Chesca

    I have to agree w the other ladies, u did a really good job!! I’ve been looking for a less complicated tutorial for black smokey eye & def found it here!!! thanx a million girl!! btw u look so prettttyyyy!!!^_^

  26. scarlet

    thank you so much for this, it is exactly what i was looking for!

  27. Chantal

    You are AMAZING! I have always wanted to find a website that took you step by step by step by step on a smokey eye and I could never find one until now. I am going to try this first thing tomorrow. Thank you soo much! Xoxo

  28. sarahh

    wow!….cool ill try this later and btw i think u would look cool with a nose piercing haha!

  29. ruru

    bravo! Thanks for helping me decide with using blacktrack as a base. I used rich ground yesterday and it held up nicely after 8 hours! =D

  30. afshan

    xcellent… thanks for guiding

  31. fab

    you are beautiful………

  32. Ashleigh

    wow this is such a fantastic tutorial! I’ll definately be trying this one tonight! xx

  33. Sue

    Pretty nice. :) A question: would it look good on someone with a round-ish, slightly oval face, and a not-so-sharp nose ?

  34. Sierra

    You’re so pretty! :)

  35. Sierra

    Also, thanks for publishing this because it looks awesome! what type of brush would you recommend? My mom is a cosmotologist so she has every brush known to man lol :P thank you again!

  36. Olivia

    I loved itt;)
    It look so pretty…
    U can do it with watever color right?

  37. Kassie

    What lipstick/gloss did you use? GREAT tutorial btw… :)

  38. Sioux

    I just followed this tutorial and my eye make up looks incredible, thank you so much!

  39. alexa

    hi christine..ur good in doing make.up..this tutorial is a lot great help for me.. :)

  40. Sharon

    I came across your site from referrals from Makeupalley and I have to say that I am HOOKED. Such an informative site and so fun to look at. This look is a stunner and so are you! All the men in my life (guy friends, bf, lecherous dudes at the clubs lol, my dad hates it cause I look “too womanly” haha) just love love this look it’s a complete head turner and soo easy to do. I was never able to get such an intense black look before so thank you so much for this tutorial. You are the best. Stay beautiful!

  41. Anna

    I searched on google for makeup tutorials and found yours :) Thankyooou now i know what makeup im gonna have next time its a party ;)
    thaank you from SWEEDEEEN! :)

  42. Gaby

    you’re techniques are amazing! i love this and it worked out perfectly on my eyes. I could never understand how women had that “smokey eye look” with black eyeshadow and after your video, i understood it perfectly. thank you!

  43. sidra ali

    owsem n thanx for teaching us

  44. Angelica Zalavarria

    I loved all ur tips.. You make it so easy. I’ll also try it only issue is I don’t all thwarting good brushes.
    I would love to get more tips from you. :-)

  45. Avatar of Pippa Pip

    Seems strange to see you in such heavy make-up Christine! Not to mention you’re looking great, per usual. But the advice is still very relevant (Although, I have to admit I am quite happy your eyebrows changed)

  46. Suzie Torres

    Awesome work, loved the tutorial! <3

  47. Shannon Marshall

    I cant wait to try this.Ive seen the smokey look on many women and I love it.Ive always wanted to try it myself,so thankyou for the step-by-step instructions!!!

  48. wow!! fabulous! will surely apply this myself! YOU ROCK!!!!

  49. sabrina

    I love the Smokey eye! Mainly for nights out. Very sexy. I normally just do mine in the netural colors….but since its fall I’m starting the darker tones. This tutorial was awesome! You look great and thank you!!

  50. Elaine

    Tutorial was amazing and so easy to follow. I’ve always wanted this look. Where do you think I can find make-up at a discount? Dont want to break the bank on something I will only use here and there.

  51. Fran

    Oh my God… I’m definitely trying this for my prom! THANKS!

  52. bean

    Nice job!!! Love the tutorial. Easy to follow. Thanks so much!! Really, thanks. :)