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Smokey Eye Makeup You Can Actually Do in Real Life

The smokey eye is an intimidating makeup look women have been steering away from for years. But just like a pair of classic black stilettos or Bradley Cooper in a tailored suit, smokey eye makeup is extremely sexy. With this tutorial, the combination of sultry, dark eyeshadow and thick eyeliner is easy enough for anybody to do.

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It seems like every celebrity who walks the red carpet is rocking smokey eye makeup. We're sure they all have a huge team of makeup artists to thank, but, still, we want our eyes to look just as stunning. With A-list glam-squads out of reach, we created this makeup tutorial that makes the smoked-out eye look easier than ever. There are no freaky tricks involved—just a few simple steps to get you looking red carpet–ready.

You'll need: a neutral eye base, a light-colored eyeshadow, a cream-colored eyeshadow, a brown kohl eyeliner, a black kohl eyeliner, a brown eyeshadow, volumizing mascara, and some fake eyelashes (optional).

Smokey Eye Steps 1-2

1. Apply a neutral eye base all over your eyelid from the lash line to the brow. The Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in "Clearwater" is a great option, because it helps keep the rest of your eyeshadows in place all day.

2. Highlight underneath the brow with a light-colored eyeshadow.

Smokey Eye Steps 3-4

3. Use a cream-colored shadow, like the Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in "Constructivist," on your eyelid from the lash line to the crease. This will help intensify the smokey look and prevent the shadows from settling into the crease of the eyelid.

4. Shade a warm brown kohl eyeliner on the eyelid from the lash line to the crease.

Smokey Eye Steps 5-6

5. Smudge the eyeliner using an eyeshadow in a similar color, blending both into the crease.

6. Apply a black kohl liner to the top lash line and inner rim of the eye.

Smokey Eye Steps 7-8

7. Smudge the top liner with a charcoal shadow and the bottom liner with a brown shadow.

8. Enhance your eyelashes with mascara, and if you really want to pump up the volume, apply false lashes.

Voila! Your eyes are sultry, smokey, and ready for the red carpet. All you need is the perfect gown and some eye-catching heels to complete the look. But don't worry: If red carpet style isn't for you, skinny jeans and a leather jacket pair perfectly with this makeup look too.

Photography by Karla Conrad. Makeup by Bopha Mom-Baccam at Penelopie Beauty Bar.

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