The possibilities with color and smoky eyes is darn near limitless. The combinations and color families are endlessly fun for me to play with, and I stumbled upon this striking combo while browsing Facebook recently. It’s a mixture of soot black with a coppery brown, and it looks really lovely on. 

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This is a dead simple look to get:

  1. Prime with an eyelid primer. I’m using NYX Eyeshadow Base in White.
  2. At the upper lash line, take a kajal-style eyeliner in black in a thick line, at least 1/8 inch wide. I’m using a Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Kohl Kajal Eyeliner. Underline the eyes as you normally would.
  3. Smudge well with finger.
  4. Using a dark brown, fill in the remaining areas of the lid, and blend with a good blending brush. I’m using a shade from my NYX Professional Makeup Artist Kit.
  5. In the crease and up halfway to the brow bone, I applied a coppery shade from the same kit.
  6. Blend well, and go back and blend again. Add another layer of shadow if you want to intensify the color.
  7. On the brow bone, apply a highlighting shade. I used the white eyeshadow in the Makeup Artist Kit.
  8. Blend again.
  9. Using an angled brush, pack on black eyeshadow and go over the black liner on the top and bottom. This can soften the look while adding intensity to the color.
  10. Curl lashes, and apply three coats of mascara. Try Too Faced Size Queen Mascara for lots of volume.
  11. Extra: I used the black eyeshadow to create a little bit of a cat eye on the sides as well, but nothing structured. I like this look, as it helps clean up the line of an otherwise potentially messy smoky eye.

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