Although the smoky eye makeup is always dark, there is no reason why you cannot add some color here. The key is to ensure that the colors you use do not undermine the stark effect of this look. You can pair light base colors and rich dark ones to achieve a stunning smoky eye look. Gold and champagne make excellent base colors too. Jewel toned shades are a good option for a variation of the smoky eyes effect. Gold browns and purples also give you a unique look.
Metallic tones go well with all skin tones. They add that bit of glamour to your smoky eyes that detract from the typical dark smoldering look and add a dash of mystery and allure. Green shadows and liners also give a more modern smoky eye look. For a completely different effect, use purple or blue mascara.
Eye Shadow Application for Smoky Eyes
When applying the eye shadow, the richest and darkest color should always appear near/around the lash line. The color should go lighter as it reaches the crease of your eye. The base shadow color should always be light. You can use shimmery creams, whites, taupes, pearls or even silvers as the base color. Stick to neutral shades for the best effects. Apply the base shadow over the lids right up to the brow bone.
Next, take a medium shade eye shadow and apply it in the crease of your eye. Use your eye shadow brush to apply the dark shade starting at the outside corner of your eye, creating a “v” shape from the end of your crease area and finishing it off into your lash line. The eye liner should not be seen once you have completed the blending. Take your blending brush and blend this dark color so that it blends in with the rest of your makeup.