One of the looks that are all the rage this spring is the smoky eye. It adds both depth and mystery to your eyes. After all, they are the windows to the soul.

There are many ways to do it. You don’t have to be as dramatic as a runway model – unless you want to. Here are some make-up tips for you when it comes to mimicking this effect.

If you are going to use the smoky eye effect, you don’t want to pull attention away from your peepers. So, tone down your lipstick and blush to keep the focus on your baby blues or browns. It will also balance your face and keep you from looking clownish.

Applying Your Eye color

The smoky effect is just that – an effect. You can use a variety of different colors to pull it off. Let’s begin with make-up for day wear. You wouldn’t show up at the office with bright yellow or orange shadow on your eyes. You can still have the smoky look but keep it toned down so it’s appropriate for a professional setting.

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Darker colors of eye shadow like gray,brown,violet and black are great for day wear. Choose that color and apply it to your lid. Be sure to carry the color past the outer edge of your eyelid. A swath of the same color is then applied below the lower lid close to the eyelash line. Since you are at work, there is no need to smudge the lower color. Keep it neat.

Apply your eye liner. For day look, use a liquid liner in an equally dark color like black or brown. Lift the liner pen upward as you reach the outer edge of the upper lid to create a wing. Don’t forget the lower lid. Liquid liner is easier to use for this. You can get clean lines that look great in the office.

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Complete the effect with your mascara. Separate every lash so your eyes seem to “pop” and capture the attention of everyone watching them.

How about turning that look around for a night out on the town? You can ramp it up if you choose. Bold colors are in so choose a tangerine or a brilliant blue for your smoky effect. Smudge your color to blend it in and deepen the effect.

You can stick with a dark liner or contrast with another color. A pencil liner can be used if you prefer it over a liquid liner. Blend as you wish before applying your mascara. Again, set those lashes at attention to enhance the look.

Want to leave them guessing what’s behind your look at the office and on the dance floor? Try using the smoky eye effect with your make-up.

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