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A Smoky Eye How-to Featuring COVERGIRL's Bombshell Collection

COVERGIRL recently launched their Bombshell collection, which features new cream eyeshadows, mascara, and liquid eyeliner. They asked me to create a tutorial featuring some of the new products, so here’s what I came up with: a sultry, smoky eye that can be paired with a softer pink lip or a more intense, fuchsia-hued lip–depending on just how bold you want to go.

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Products You’ll Need

  • COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow by LashBlast in Ice Queen, Ooh La Lilac, Platinum Card
  • COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Melted Caramel, Charcoal, Molten Black
  • COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner in Pitch Black Passion
  • COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara in Very Black
  • COVERGIRL LipPerfection LipColor in Bombshell, Darling
  • Flat, firm brushes for cream eyeshadow application
  • Small crease brush
  • Fluffy blending brush
  • Small eyeliner brush

See more photos and get the how-to!


  1. With a flat, firm brush, apply COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow by LashBlast in Ice Queen over the inner third of the lid. Lightly pat and pull the color across the skin, and then with very light, feathery motions, move the edge of the brush horizontally against the harsh edge to soften.
  2. Then, apply COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow by LashBlast in Ooh La Lilac to the middle and outer portions of the lid using another flat, firm brush. You’ll want to bring it just barely into the crease, and then soften that edge.
  3. To add some depth, apply COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow by LashBlast in Platinum Card to the outer corner and the outer crease using a smaller, flat and firm brush. Lightly pat and feather the brush across the skin to soften and blend out any harsh lines.
  4. Next, apply COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Molten Black with a small, slightly tapered, crease brush to the outer corner and crease to provide additional darkness and depth to the look. Use short, small strokes and concentrate on blending out the color so it creates a gradient above and over the crease, towards the brow bone.
  5. Using the same small crease brush, apply COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Melted Caramel along the edge of the soft black crease color, as this color will help to transition and ease the gradient as it moves towards the brow bone. For fairer complexions, you may want to use something just slightly darker than your natural skin tone.
  6. With a fluffy brush, apply your favorite highlight shade underneath the brow, along the brow bone, to accentuate and pull it forward.
  7. For cheeks, a soft, natural brown works well to give a little definition and color to cheeks without being dramatic. I lightly patted COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Melted Caramel with fingertips just underneath my cheek bones.
  8. Now, for lips, you can choose your own adventure! Smoky eyes pair well with beiges, peaches, light pinks, or even bolder shades like fuchsia, berry, plum, and red. For a lighter lip color, I went with COVERGIRL LipPerfection LipColor in Darling. For the bolder lip color, I wore COVERGIRL LipPerfection LipColor in Bombshell.

With a bolder lip color

With a lighter lip color


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Mariella Avatar

I have really missed your “How To” eye looks especially so I’m really glad to see this though, to be honest, I don’t use Covergirl. I have one CG eye shadow that I like but I’m not likely to buy a lot more from the brand. But I really hope you’ll be doing more “How To’s”.

Jen_m_sunshine Avatar

Thanks for this post Christine! I am not really a drugstore make-up gal but lately some drugstore brands have released some really great products which is nice for those who either can’t afford the higher end prices or even for those who can – to have to spend less to still get a great product. (Hello, Maybelline color tattoos! they have replaced my MAC paint pots and won me over with the recent release of matte shades)

You do such an amazing job with your blog. The “best of 2013” posts you just did are fantastic! Although I am surprised – no Bare Escentuals Ready mentioned? I thought maybe the neutral palette would have gotten your vote 🙂

In all seriousness though – thank you for your hard work, dedication and as many others have said – saving us money with your expert reviews and honest opinions!

You and Izzy are my favorite two bloggers and I check your sites multiple times a day for the latest!

Christine Avatar

Thanks so much, Jen! I actually did feature bareMinerals The Wild Thing in the top palettes post ( 🙂 I opted for that one over the neutrals, because it was more my style/spoke loudly to me, lol!

Celine Avatar

What a beautiful look you pulled off! I love the look of any smoky eye. Cover Girl was my favorite drugstore brand, and this makes me want to go back and give them another go 🙂

meganlisa Avatar

I hate to be boring but here goes…. The look is stunning on you! Especially with the more neutral look. I’ve never bought Cover Girl except their mascara (my waterproof always). I will be on that Ulta site on the 5th when it’s buy one and get the second fifty percent off. They will have this collection up then, won’t they?
I also like the tutorial. Thanks!

Anne Avatar

Christine, I must say how glad I am to see a full look! And a very nice one at that. You look particularly gorgeous here!
The tutorial is pretty well done. I like how useful the step-by-step photos are.

Mariella Avatar

Am I supposed to comment with a favourite beauty tip here? Mine would be always to wear lip colour – even if I skip everything else (and skipping concealer is a scary one for me), a bit of a bright lip (with a big smile) will detract from all the flaws. Oh, and ALWAYS wear sunscreen!!!!

CatG Avatar

My beauty tip would be to hold makeup remover on a cotton ball over your eyelid for a few seconds to let it resolve and break up the eye makeup, before sweeping off the makeup!

Kirsten Avatar

I can never bring myself to wear the darkest shadows in any collection. In fact I usually use that to help determine if I’ll buy a palette or not, but these look really good on you and not too heavy. I like the lighter lips too.

Maria Avatar

My biggest beauty tip is to clean off messed up mascara with a dry q tip after the mascara has already dried up, cause it just flakes off c”

Christine Avatar

Fantastic look Christine. Do the shadow pots and cream shadows crease? Also, I haven’t tried CG lippies since I was in HS because of the scent and taste. Has this been improved?

My tip is to wear blush and lipstick whether or not you feel like making up the rest of your face. It makes your eyes come alive and automatically puts you in a feel good mood even when not made up 🙂

Audrey Avatar

My best beauty tip is that less is really more when it comes to foundation. I think most people use way more than they really need, and, consequently, their makeup looks cakey or too fake.

I love the look you created-especially the one with the lighter lip. You are the queen of eyemakeup, IMO.

Rachel Avatar

I’ve missed your How To’s so much!! My tip is to wear lip balm underneath everything. It reduces the wear time, but I don’t have to worry about products drying my lips out or being overly sticky!

ShannoninBC Avatar

Two tips that worked great for me are: fill your brows and curl your lashes always, makes a great difference to your face and eyes.

Tara Avatar

I cannot get that eyeliner to work on me at all. It just won’t write on me. And I am not a fan of that mascara. But it is gorgeous on you!

Chatoyant Avatar

Tip – use a bit of your concealer or foundation to brighten the inner eye after all of your other makeup is done, and use the same product with a small firm brush to make a really clean line at the outer edge of your eyeshadow – like the tape trick, without the tape!

Quinctia Avatar

My tip is for liquid liner, if you have trouble with getting too much on the applicator for the inner corner of the eye, start at the center of the eye, go outwards, then go back and go from the inner corner to the center. No more weird thick beginnings to your liquid liner line.

Ilona Avatar

My favorite beauty tip is nothing new to anyone. I love padding Channel translucent powder on my face right after I put my foundation on. It gives my skin very nice even texture.

Mary Ann C. Avatar

Love the look… I learned from this blog… always blend your eyeshadows with a fluffly blending brush for a softer edge and gradient look

Melissa Avatar

My beauty tip would be- after applying foundation, I take a square of toilet paper and press it over my face and then finish off with powder. It helps to keep the shine from creeping up faster throughout the day!

Aimey Avatar

My favorite beauty tip is to always wear sunscreen. It’s something my mom’s always told me, especially stressing it in high school. I, of course, didn’t take her seriously until a few years later when I kept hearing/reading from beauty gurus how important it was or how much they regretted not adding it to their regime. It’s not a matter of whether you can see the sun out or not that day, because even on cloudy days, the invisible rays will still reach you and can do damage to your skin. I haven’t been able to see the affects of applying sunscreen, for the most part, every day yet, but I definitely hope I’ll have less wrinkles, sun spots, and overall healthier skin when I get older as a result of it!

Erika Avatar

You look glamorous! And even better with the lighter lip color, in my opinion. 🙂

If you don’t mind me asking, are any of the eyeshadow shades you used here similar to any of the shades in the Urban Decay Smoked or Naked 1-3 eyeshadow palettes? I wanted to try recreating this look you made because it’s just so lovely!

Christine Avatar

Hey Erika!

I would try something like UD Verve (N2), UD Pistol (N2) or UD Darkside (depending on whether you want a grayer or plummier look), Asphalt (Smoked). I think Blackout will be too harsh of a black, but Asphalt will darken without being super intense!

Maria Avatar

Love the look with the lighter lip color! My favorite beauty tip is to always apply a balm before any lip product, and to try to once or twice a week exfoliate your face or apply a clay mask. Also, remember to always clean your face before going to bed and remove makeup, it’s very important for a healthy and better looking skin in the future 🙂

Keri Avatar

Pretty! I love this with the more subtle lip, but I really like how this shows how just a simple change in lip colour makes a huge difference to the overall look! I don’t wear many bright lips, but this is encouraging me to try out a few different lips with the looks I make.

Diana Avatar

One of the best makeup tips I’ve ever gotten was to apply all my eye makeup BEFORE applying my foundation. That way, if there’s any fallout or smudges, I can correct it/clean it up with my foundation after I’m finished

Jennie Avatar

my tip: if you wet your eye makeup remove pads just a TINY bit w/hot water, it really boost the products ability to get into your lashes & remove all traces of mascara.

Amy Avatar

Beautiful! And you make it look so easy!

My favorite beauty tip – always – is sunscreen, no matter your coloring, no matter the time of year. Sunscreen every day, and don’t forget the backs of your hands. Your youthful-looking, healthy older self will thank you for it again and again.

Christy Peeples DuBois Avatar

Recently I read to use eyeshadow close to the same color as your eyebrows to darken them rather than a pencil and it has worked well for me.

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