The holidays are coming up, so let’s get right into a traditional smoky eye, shall we?

Neutrogena Night Out face chart by Amy Oresman

Celebrity makeup artist and Neutrogena brand ambassador Amy Oresman created this look called Night Out. It’s a dark, bold, and intense smoky eye, and it’s much easier to do than it looks. I recreated the look as best as I could, and did it with the following steps:

  1. Using a paddle style eye brush, I applied Crease Proof Eyeshadow in Forever Platinum. This eyeshadow is so long-wearing that you can use it as a primer and shadow with excellent results. It’s a fairly thick and pigmented cream, and it’s easier to apply with a brush, but not necessary. I used this from the lash line to the brow bone.
  2. Using the Longwear Eyeshadow quad in Smokey Steel, I used the lightest color from lash line to brow bone and worked it in well.
  3. The second darkest shadow, a light-ish gray, went from lash line to the crease. I have hooded eyes, so my crease needs special attention.
  4. The third lightest color went on the lid only, patted on with a large tapered shader brush.
  5. At this point I stopped, took out my fluffy blender brush and blended all of these shades out.
  6. Applied another coat of the third lightest shadow to the lid and blended again.
  7. I wanted to make sure the matte black shade really stood out, so I sprayed my angled eye shadow brush well with setting spray, and applied wet. This shade went along my upper lash line and my waterline.
  8. Underneath the eye, under the matte black, I used a fine eye liner brush to apply the third lightest shade (the one on the lid only) right underneath the black.
  9. After I was sure the black was completely dry, I used a firm smudge brush and buffed the color out.
  10. I needed to re-evaluate my blending, so I went over the entire creation with my blender brush. Blend, blend, blend.
  11. Touch up as necessary – pat more on the lid, and work on your crease.
  12. The last thing I did with the shadow was go back over the brow bone with the lightest shade.
  13. Blend.
  14. Blend again.
  15. Next was about four coats of Neutrogena’s Healthy Volume Mascara. I really love this formula – it’s new to me. It seems similar to their Healthy Lengths formula, but the brush is nice and big. I applied the mascara as close to the root of the lash as possible to get a tightline effect. Place the brush right at the root, and move it in a zig-zag pattern out. Repeat as much as necessary.

Remember that the smoky eye look originated by the look of rock and roll groupies who woke up after a hard night with smudged mascara and eye liner. It’s not supposed to be perfect. The smudgier, the better. And don’t be afraid of the black – it’s what makes a smoky eye really pop.

Eventually, the fun will end. And being the responsible beauty that you are, you know you need to get that makeup off before bed. That’s when you need Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I love these because they get even the darkest, smoky eye makeup off with only a couple of swipes.

#NeutrogenaFaceOff Amazing eye makeup remover wipes by Neutrogena


I’m super picky about my makeup remover. I need it to thoroughly remove everything without pulling or tugging at the skin around my eye. I’m already seeing a laugh line or two, I don’t need the help with loose skin. I also need my remover to work on waterproof formulas – I rely on those quite a bit.

These wipes are also awesome for travel – the TSA won’t bother you if you carry wipes instead of a bottle of makeup remover. Because no one needs to be dealing with that while they are just trying to get somewhere to eat turkey.

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