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Smudged Eyeliner: Add a Little Sexy to Your Eyes

My favorite way to wear eyeliner is soft, smoky and smudged. I think it looks the most effortless and sexy. With liquid liner, I like to see a cleanly defined line, but with pencil, I almost always prefer the line smudged.


This is very simple to do, yet looks dramatic enough for a date night or holiday party. I used black liner, softened and smudged out with a dark brown shadow, but feel free to try it with colors like plum, charcoal or navy. I used a dark brown to smudge out black liner because I wanted a softer almost gradient-like effect. You can smudge with like-colored shadows or ones slightly lighter or darker. I created a very smudged-out liner look on this purple smoky eye look too.

Using shadow to smudge your pencil liner will make it last longer and smudge less.

Another great thing about wearing liner smudged out with shadow is that it’s easier. If you don’t draw a perfect line with the pencil, no worries! You’re going to soften and refine it with your smudge brush, hiding any wiggles along the way. Enjoy trying different liner and shadow pairings!

The products I used are:

  • Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear in Black Lace
  • Deep brown eye shadow like Urban Decay Darkhorse
  • Sephora Classic Must Have Smudge Brush

Watch my video below to see the smudging in action.

For more makeup tips from Ivy visit 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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