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How to create the perfect smoky eye

How to create the perfect smoky eye

Beauty Fashion

We are heading into the glitz and glam season! Strictly is back on our screens in a glittery canon of feathers and sequins and we have reached the live shows on X-Factor where the beautiful glamazonians; Cheryl and Mel fight it out for the top preened award.

But there is something else we couldn’t help but notice over the past weeks; Cheryl’s glamorous smoky eye makeup. We at Soft & Gentle HQ have been dying to know the #beautysecrets behind this look.

Follow this step-by-step guide to make smoldering eyes your best feature.

Step one: Prime your eyelids with your favourite eyeshadow primer.

We love Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, a bit pricey at £15 but keeps eyeshadow on for over 12 hours no matter how much strictly esque dancing we have been doing!


Step two: Pick your pallet! Choose three shades of eye shadow; a lighter sparkly gold, darker brown and black to create a look similar to the one above…You can also experiment with plums and corals to create different looks depending on your style or dress!

Get this Urban Decay Naked 2 colour pallet on your Christmas list.

TOP TIP: Sweep a loose natural powder over your face, so that if any unwanted eye makeup falls under your eyes it will stick to the powder and you can easily sweep away!

Step three: Time to get smokin’ hot! Sweep the lighter gold colour over your eyelid and brush a fine line underneath your eye in the corner to open up those pretty peepers.

Next, using a small angle brush, such as this MAC 266, start to create the iconic “cats eye flick” by guiding your brush dipped in the darker brown colour from the corner of your lid outwards.

Then using a blending brush like this MAC 217, blend together gently.


Following on from these steps, go back over the flick with your angled brush dabbing in the darker brown or black shade to create a defined flick, concentrating on the far corners of your eye's top and bottom.

Step four: Using a black eyeliner, pencil in your lower lash line and finish with a slick of black mascara on your lashes.

We have been using Max Factor eyeliner in kohl and Rimmel Lash Accelerator at £7.99.

Don’t worry if it goes a bit wrong first time round! We have all ended up with more “black eye” than smoky eye; but once you have mastered the above tips, as Louis Walsh would say “you look like a popstar, you’ve got the X-Factor”

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