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The Beauty Memo

The ultimate smoky eye cheat sheet

Tom Ford FW18

It’s the fail-safe makeup trick for glamour – but do you want to go classic, modern or super-sultry? Whatever you choose, we have a step-by-step guide for you. By CHANELLE HO



If you think a classic smoky eye isn’t special enough for party season, you haven’t tried this easy trick: using molten or metallic eyeshadow on top. Start with a classic black or dark brown smoky eye and finish with a final layer of metallic eyeshadow. Any shade works, and the combination of textures will make every eye color stand out – golds and silvers will pop against an ultra-black shadow, while a shimmering amethyst pairs perfectly over deep chocolate brown.



For a more subtle approach, finish your look with a jeweled waterline. Swap your usual black or brown eyeliner, as makeup artist Andrew Gallimore did on Chiara Scelsi for PORTER in the film below, with a sparkly champagne-gold instead. It looks beautiful when drawn in the lower waterline and smudged along the lower lashes. Alternatively, you could use metallic liquid eyeliner for your classic black feline flick; we love the gilded, silvery-gold shade of Chantecaille’s Les Perles in Argent.


For something totally different and daring (but seriously beautiful), try a colored smoky eye instead. Dark midnight blue is always elegant and appropriate for evening cocktails (it looks incredible when worn over silver, too) or go for an edgy gunmetal green – Christian Louboutin Beauty’s Metallic Eye Color has a smooth texture and high-shine sheen that stays on for hours. Finish with black eyeliner and lots of mascara.


If you want to keep it classic, follow A-list makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s guide below to a quintessential black smoky eye. It’s super-simple and creates an utterly elegant result.

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