How to Create 3 Different Smokey Eye Looks for Holiday Parties

For holiday style, I love the look of a dramatic smokey eye, but somehow I never manage to get it quite right. With all the upcoming holiday parties, we thought you might have the same dilemma, so we were inspired to create a smokey eye makeup tutorial for you! We asked makeup artist Emily Sims to create three different dramatic looks for the holidays:

1. The Traditional Smokey Eye
2. The Natural Smokey Eye
3. The Colorful Smokey Eye

We’ve broken down the how-tos for each look into four easy steps so you can feel confident in your ability to be able to replicate your favorite at home.

Autumn Reeser, Jenn Wong, Ashley Fauset Holiday Makeup

Ashley Fauset - How to do a Traditional Smokey Eye - Makeup Tutorial on Move LifeStyle

For Ashley’s Traditional Smokey Eye:

[1] Start by highlighting your crease with a gold or nude shimmer.

[2] Blend brown shadow onto your lid and add black liquid liner, extending just past your lashes.

[3] Blend black shadow from your lash line up and outward. We used black shimmer from the Mac palette.

[4] Finish by highlighting under your brow bone, lining underneath your lower lashes with the same black shadow, and adding lashes and mascara.

Autumn Reeser How to do a Traditional Smokey Eye - Makeup Tutorial on Move LifeStyle
For Autumn’s Natural Smokey Eye:

[1] Start by applying nude shadow to entire eye and highlighting along the brow bone.

[2] Apply contour to the crease. We used Kevyn Aucoin in Plum Shimmer, blending from the center outward.

[3] Blend brown shadow from your lash line up and outward towards the corners.

[4] Apply black liner, lashes, and mascara and line underneath your lower lashes with dark brown shadow.

Jenn Wong How to do a Traditional Smokey Eye - Makeup Tutorial on Move LifeStyle

For Jenn’s Colorful Smokey Eye:

[1] Start with your lighter shade on the entire lid.

[2] Add your darker shade to the outer corners. We used Kevyn Aucoin in Frosted Jade. Highlight along your brow bone.

[3] Contour by using a brown shadow along your crease, and highlight your inner corners. We used MAC mineralized shadow. Line your eyes with a black cream liner, extending just past your lashes.

[4] Finish by adding lashes and mascara, and lining underneath your lower lashes with black eyeshadow.

*Pro Tip: Spritz your liner brush with water or setting spray to easily use any eye shadow as a liner.

Now go forth and look gorgeous this season!

Which smokey eye look are you going to recreate? Tell us in the comments below, and share your photos with us using the hashtag #movemakeup

Photography By: Jess Ewald | Hair and Makeup By: Emily Sims | Makeup Provided By: MAC Cosmetics and Kevin Aucoin
 

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Autumn Reeser

Autumn is an actress + artist living in Los Angeles with her husband, their 3-year old Finn and newborn Dashiell. She is constantly inspired by today’s modern woman.

  • AshleyFauset

    I’m hoping to recreate this look for my husband’s company holiday party this weekend! Just hope I can reaffix those crazy long lashes. ;)

  • http://www.LynnChen.com/ Lynn Chen

    I’m excited to try this – I haven’t followed a makeup tutorial since JHS when I read YM and Sassy!

    • http://www.wayofthewong.com/ Jenn Wong

      hahaha totally. I want to see the fabulous results!

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