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How to Do a Smokey Eye with Bright Color

When we hear "smokey eye," most of us picture something dark, deep and dramatic. Yet a smokey eye can be bright and colorful, too. Here's how to do a smokey eye in dreamy purple and magenta shades.

If you want to know how to do a smokey eye, think beyond the grays and blacks! The smokey eye is a special technique, but it certainly doesn't have to mean dark. Here's how to do a smokey eye using vivid purple and magenta tones that will electrify nearly every eye color!

Smokey Eye with Bright Color

1. First, apply a warm matte brown to the crease. This will help your brighter colors fade more gradually.

2. Next, press a vivid magenta shadow, like Jilted from Urban Decay's Electric Palette, all over the lid. Use a flat shader brush to build up the color. Try a pressing motion rather than a brushing motion.

Smokey Eye with Bright Color

3. Next, place a deep violet shade, like Urban from the same Electric Palette, to the outer corner of the eye.

4. Smudge that same shade along the lower lash line.

Smokey Eye with Bright Color

5. Using a deep black pencil liner, line the inner rim of the lower lash line. It Cosmetics No-Tug Gel Eyeliner is a beautiful, rich black.

6. Apply mascara to top lashes.

Smokey Eye with Bright Color

7. Don't forget the bottom lashes! Never skip this step if you've applied color and liner to the lower lash line!

8. Apply false lashes for extra drama. Ardell Demi Wispies work for nearly everyone.

Polish off the look with a sexy nude lip, letting your candy eyes capture the spotlight!

For more makeup tips, tricks, and techniques from Ivy, go to Wake Up for Makeup.

Ivy Boyd

I have a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, but it's creating works of art on faces that I love most. By day, I am a Senior Education Consultant for Sephora as well as a freelance makeup artist. The rest of the time, I'm creating content for my makeup and beauty blog, Wake Up for Makeup, reading product reviews, watching tutorial videos and reading makeup artist books. I live and breathe this stuff and if you could eat makeup, I'd probably do that too. I also love painting abstracts, running, attending music festivals and acting weird with my husband and our two awesome cats. I'm here to tell you what products are legit, how to better use the ones you have, give you ideas to shake up your routine and guide you through some fun tutorials I know you can dominate.

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