Makeup Tutorial: The Reverse Smoky Eye
We’re never ones to turn down an opportunity for a smoky eye, but we have to admit that sometimes what looks amazing on a set of big, doe-like eyes doesn’t translate for the girls who have less eyelid to work with. Enter: the reverse smoky eye. Take the smoked out shadow that accentuates big eyes and flip it upside-down. OK, there’s a little more to it than that, but that’s what celeb makeup artist Lauren Andersen is for. Below, she shares her insider secrets on creating a flawless “reverse” smoky eye, perfect for those with small eyes, hooded eyelids, and monolids.
Keep reading to see the four-step tutorial!
Take a chubby black shadow pencil, like the Nars’ Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($25) in Aigle Noir that we’re using (this shade has some gold shimmer in it to play up the smokiness), and apply it all along your lower lash line and waterline. Andersen likes to use shadow pencils for this step because they’re more malleable than liners, so you have better control of where the color goes.
Now really smoke it out with a shimmery cool-toned brown eye shadow. We’re using a shade from Dior’s 5-Color Designer Eyeshadow ($60) in Amber. With a small brush, apply the shadow over the black pencil, focusing on the edges. This will soften the look and help you achieve the ever-important color gradation every smoky eye needs.
No smoky eye is complete without a generous dose of black mascara. We used Dior’s Diorshow Mascara ($25) to finish off this edgy look.
Photographer: Justin Coit
Makeup Artist: Lauren Andersen
Hairstylist: Gregory Russell
Manicurist: Barbara Warner
Producer: Jenna Peffley
Have you ever tried a reverse smoky eye?