How to Apply a Smoky Eyeshadow Look to Deep-Set Eyes

With a few simple tricks, a smoky look can bring deep-set eyes forward.

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Sultry, smoky eyes are undeniably seductive. But when you're not blessed with naturally large eyes, dark shadows can make your eyes appear smaller. If you have deep-set eyes, they can virtually disappear into the face when bathed in dark shadows. The goal is to bring deep-set eyes forward, making them "pop." With the right knowledge and a few good brushes, you can attain dramatic, smoky eyes, so that nobody will be able to take their eyes off you.


Use a flat eyeshadow brush to apply a nude or bone shimmery eyeshadow to your entire eyelid and up over the brow bone.


Use a fluffy dome-shaped shadow brush to apply the darker color. These are great for blending, which is key when doing a smoky eye. Apply the charcoal shadow in the crease, starting at the center of the eye, and follow the natural crescent-shaped curve of the crease. Blend upward toward the brow bone. Do not apply the charcoal shadow to your eyelid; by using only the nude shadow on the lid, you'll make the lid appear bigger, which will open up your eye.


Complete the look (and add some drama) by lining the entire upper lid with a charcoal-colored kohl eyeliner pencil. (Avoid black eyeliner, as it can make eyes look smaller.) Get as close to the lash line as possible to make the visible portion of the eyelid appear larger.


Line the lower lash line, starting at the outer corner and working your way inward, and stop three-quarters of the way in. Leave the inner quarter of your eye unlined to give the illusion of fullness and make eyes appear more shapely. This emphasizes your eyes, and makes them look like they are projecting further from your face.

Things You'll Need


1.Flat eyeshadow brush

3.Fluffy dome-shaped eyeshadow brush

5.Charcoal-colored kohl eyeliner pencil

2.Shimmery nude or bone eyeshadow

4.Charcoal eyeshadow


Tips & Tricks


To determine if you have deep-set eyes, examine your face in a mirror. If your eyes appear to be set far back into the socket, they're deep-set. Another sign of deep-set eyes is a very small sliver of visible eyelid, near the lash line. On some people, you won't be able to see the lid at all.


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