The Right Smokey Eye For You

The smokey eye; the ultimate party eye-look for decades. Pretty much every make-up brand be it high-street or luxury has their own smokey-eye kit. You don’t need a kit specifically for it of course – it’s easy to create the same look with any other palette, you just need to choose the right shades to mix. That’s where I come in.

Classically, the smokey eye is achieved with greys and blacks, for a sultry, bold style, but as I’ve come to realise, this simply doesn’t suit everyone! Myself, well I’m too pale (as always) for those kind of colours – they look less ‘bold’ more ‘clown-like’ on my porcelain-toned complexion. Personally, I much prefer to go for a coppery brown smokey eye, as it suits my colouring much better. But, I know, not everyone’s like me! So, today I’ll be showing you a few suggestions for a smokey eye tailored specifically to your skin tone and eye colour. I’ve also included the details of how I achieved my look, incase any of you wonderful people are a) as pale as me (this is a rarity) or b) just wanting to try it out.



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A grey smokey eye will suit fair-skinned girls perfectly; think of it as a washed out classic black. I would recommend grey for those of you with green/blue eyes as it complements their cool tones and really makes them pop. Team it with a little silver sparkle and winged liner and you're set to party!

Palettes recommended above: Chanel Multi Effects Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissê Smoky (£40) and Louise Young Lulu Eyeshadow Trio (£22).

Rose gold

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Rose-gold is a much warmer tone - great for fair skinned people with brown eyes. If you're feeling brave, try transitioning the colour into burgundy! Anyway, much like rose gold jewellery looks great on fair skin, so does a rose gold eye - and the make-up brands know this; there's so many of these shades on the market at the moment! Above are two of the most pigmented versions I know of!

Palettes recommended above: Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 3 (£4), Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Shadow Palette (£27).




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This trend was all over the A/W 15 catwalks and seeing as it's still freezing cold outside, I think there's still good reason to wear it! I have wanted to try out a burgundy eye for so long but, with the shadows I've tried so far, it just looks a little too dramatic on me. An amazingly complimentary shade for blue eyes and a ton of palettes to choose from (they must have been watching Burberry!).

Palettes recommended above: Laura Geller The Wearables Baked Eyeshadow Palette (£28), Illamasqua Complement Palette (£34.00) and Nars 413 BLKR Due Eyeshadow (£25).


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A must-try for you lucky tanned ladies - you can now year khaki on your eyes! Great if a classic smokey eye looks a little out of place on you, but you're still in need of some drama. This looks stunning on brown eyes and is about to be big according to the uniform/boyish style of the SS16 catwalks!

Palettes recommended above: Bourjois Quad Smoky Stories Eyeshadow in Rock This Khaki (£7.99) and Dior 5 Couleurs Designer All-In-One Artistry Eyeshadow Palette (£42)




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Suiting medium/dark skinned girls alike, navy is a wonderful alternative to a classic black smokey eye if you fancy a switch-up! Blend into lighter blues and greys, adding a little kohl to the lower lash line for a glam evening look. I highly recommend trying navy if you have brown eyes!

Palettes recommended above: MAC Navy Times Nine (£30) and Maybelline Diamond Quad Glow in Blue Drama (£6.99).


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I can't get over how gorgeous gold pigment looks on deeper skin tones; I'm so jealous! Cut the crease with a deep reddish/brown and simply use a slightly lighter brown to transition into gold - add some kohl around the waterline and winged liner teamed with multiple coatings of mascara. Contour and bronzer is essential if you're going for such a 'goddess'-like look.

Palettes recommended above: Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Luxury Palette (£38) and Lorac Unzipped Gold Shimmer & Matte Eyeshadow Palette (£51).




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From what I understand, dark skinned ladies suffer just as much from the struggle of finding make-up thats suits their skin tone as us pale girls do (damn it you lucky 'beige/ivory' ones!). Eye-makeup can be especially hard to find; many colours don't even show up on your lids and you need plenty of pigment, no matter what the shade. However, the classic smokey eye, in my opinion is tailored just for you ladies - no worries of looking too bold - all you need is a high-pigmented palette!

Palettes recommended above: NYX Set Makeup Smokey Look Kit (£10) and Smoke Balm by the Balm (£13.05).


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If you're looking for a bit more colour, deep purple is what to reach for; it will look amazing hazelnut/brown eyes. Start by creating a classic smokey eye and simply blend out to purple, adding a touch of lilac at the inner corner of your eye, for a softer look.
Palette recommended above: MUA Pro Palette Romantic Efflorescence (£4).


My Look

Thanks to my ghostly complexion, many of the above looks are too dark for me, so I usually settle for a softer copper smokey eye because these tones go well with my blue eyes. If you're going all out on your eye look, you have to be heavier with your complexion products too, although I'd recommend keeping the lips fairly neutral so that you keep the attention on those gorgeous peepers of yours.
Products used:

Base: Emite Diamond Heart Primer (£25.90), Benefit Poreless Primer (£24.50), bareMinerals Complexion Rescue in Vanilla (£26), Benefit Ooh La Lift Under Eye Brightener (£17.50), Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair (£5.99), MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15 (£17.50), Benefit High Beam (£19.50). 
Face: NYX HD Blush in Taupe (£7.99), Shiseido Bronzer in Light (£34), Emite Artist Colour Powder Blush in 108 (€19), MAC Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle (£24), Laura Mercier Pressed Setting Powder (£25). 

Eyes: W.O.S from Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (£23) as a base shadow, Naked 2 from the same palette for shading above the crease, Faint from the same palette for the outer corner of the eye and outer edge of the crease, 6th shade from the left in my Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 3 Palette (£4) in the centre of the lid, Foxy and Venus from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette for highlighting the brow bone and inner eye. Rimmel Exaggerate Smoke 'n' Shine  (£3.99), L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim Intense Eyeliner (£6.99), Benefit They're Real Tinted Lash Primer (£18.50), Benefit Rollerlash (£19.50), Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir (£25), Miss Sporty Just Clear Mascara used as brow primer (£2.99), MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering (£14.00), NYX Eyebrow Gel in Brunette (£5.50).

Lips: Primed with Lush Bubblegum Lipscrub (£5.50), MAC Lipstick in Gossamer Wing from the Faerie Whispers collection (£15.50).

How do you wear the smokey eye? Do you have any suggestions for eyeshadow palettes that I should try? Let me know in the comments below!

Emilia x


9 thoughts on “The Right Smokey Eye For You

  1. asfoundbysasha January 17, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    They are all wonderful! I love the rose-gold one, must be my favourite colour. I am such a smokey-eye addict :)) xx

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    • emiliahurrell January 17, 2016 / 11:01 pm

      I love that look too and the Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 3 palette is a great high-street and high pigmented palette to use for that look!xx

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  2. beautyholics101 September 19, 2016 / 3:30 am

    Lovely post! Even though I have ghost white skin like you I end up doing really dark eyes anyways, I loved the coppery toned look, will definitely be trying that


  3. Claire Talks Beauty December 22, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    Live the look that you did! Smokey eyes are always a favoritebof mine!

    Liked by 1 person

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