The first thing to know is that smokey eyes doesn't necessarily mean black, so you can start with a nice natural brown and move on to black, olive green, purple, navy and brick. Most Indian skin tones can carry off all these colours. remember to not pick fluorescent shades, instead pick deeper, earthen shades and you won't go wrong with it.
2. Eye shadows or pigments?
You can use the regular pressed powder form of eye shadows or pure pigments for your eyes. Pigments do give more intense colour and that's why people like to work with them. In pressed eye shadows MAC and Makeup Forever truly gives you great colour on pigments as well as eyeshadow. No other eyeshadow comes close in terms of colour intensity having tried - Inglot, NYX, ELF, VOV, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Faces
I find that a regular eyeshadow brush from Vega (Beauty Centre) suffices, the sponge (ear bud like tip) applicator has never seemed to work. For eye shadows I even like to use my ring finger directly but that may not work for everyone.
The best way to get started is to stretch your eyelid outwards, this lets you get a stretched even surface for application. Apply only on the eyeballs, not the arc of the eyebrows. You can then slowly start moving outwards, I like to create a winged shape with smokey eyes but depending on your eye shape, you might want to experiment with some shapes. I usually leave the waterline empty as this makes my small eyes look slightly bigger, filling it in doesn't work for me and also looks way too intense with the smokey eyes. After you have the desired shape, you can use a highlighter, illuminator or simply a dab of Vaseline on the brow arc to add a slight dewy effect that goes really well with the smokey effect.
5. Handy tips for smokey eyes:
- You are bound to get powdery residue on the under eye so I always tape some facial tissue on my entire cheek. Or I don't put any foundation before hand and only after my eyes are done, I use a non-oily cleanser and wipe that area and then apply my foundation. The tissue idea works better for me.
- I always keep a ear bud dipped in makeup remover handy, this way I can erase and manipulate the shape of my smokey eyes without too much hassle.
- Always tap and lightly blow on your brush before application, this avoids extra spillage in the first place.