Smokey Eye Makeup Tips For Small And Big Eyes

Handy tips for nailing the smokey eye look at one go without messing it up.

Reviewed by Christina FlachChristina Flach, Hair & Makeup Artist
By Jyotsana RaoJyotsana Rao  • 

Smokey eyes look gorgeous, but nailing them takes some practice. The right smokey eye makeup tips can prevent your eyes from turning into ghastly raccoon eyes. Unfortunately, we often mess up the eyeshadow shades or the techniques needed to get perfection. Smokey eye is an extremely versatile eye makeup that looks stunning on all eye shapes if done well with the right tips and tricks. Keep reading this article to nail this eye look!

Smokey Eye Makeup Tips

Here are a few tips which can be of good use when choosing a smokey makeup effect for different sizes of eyes.

A. Smokey Eye Makeup Tips For Smaller Eyes

Some people have smaller eyes as compared to the overall size of their face. Smokey eyes for small eyes has a whole different approach to it. So if you are one of them then these tips might be helpful:

  • Prime your eyelid; that’s the first step. Then use a concealer as a primer on the lids, under the brow, and to conceal the darkness under the eyes.
  • Next, if you want you may apply small little dots of foundation and blend well on the part where you might be having dark circles, it’s very important to cover them up. You can apply 3-4 thin layers of concealer instead of one thick layer. Avoid powder as it just shows creases and lines. 
  • Make sure that you use not too dark, brown or black or bronze or purple for smokey eyes when your eyes are small. Depending on your skin tone, select a liner that is not going to overpower your eyes.
  • Do not use the dark color all over your eyelids.
  • Use a Q-tip or an applicator to use the dark color only from half end of the eyes extending towards the brows but not reaching them in a tail.
  • Use a lighter color to make eyes pop out on to the frontal lids.
  • Line your upper lids with a very thin line of liner. Preferably with a shade near to black but not jet black. The more black the more shrunken your eyes will look.
  • You may line the lower rim too, but for some people it works and makes eyes look popped up and for others it depresses the look. So do a trial and error for lining of lower rim. You can line your lower rim with a milky white liner also.
  • Now take a shimmer white or silver eye pencil and just put a dot between the nose and the eyes. Also just below the brow cover the area with silver shimmer to high light the brow bone.
  • If your lashes are small, don’t hesitate to use false lashes. Do a double curling before and after mascara application for both the upper and lower lashes. You may also use individual lashes instead of strip lashes.
Did You Know?
The Silent Movie era popularized the application of smokey eye when Hollywood stars acted as flappers or vamps with smudged out kohl liners for popping their eyes.

B. Smokey Eye Makeup Tips For Big and Elongated Eyes

Big eyes are a canvas to play with. Smokey eyes on big eyes are simple and easy to do. You can even play with darkest of shades and also multiple shades at the same time by blending 3-4 colors together.

  • Prime your eyelids and then use concealer and foundation (if required) like usual.
  • Sometimes it’s like your eyes seem sort of out of proportion and too big than your face’s area. In such cases you need to focus on using bold and darker colors. When you want your eyes to appear smaller, dark colors are the key!
  • Use a bronze or dark mauve shade (a shade lighter than dark purple) and so on for any color like blue or green and do your eyelids frontals. Plum is the perfect color to make those green eyes look even greener.
  • Next use darker shade like black for bronze or dark purple for mauve and so on to the crease.
    Now blend up this darker shade to a shade near t black from the extreme end point of crease extending in a tail to just below the brow bones.
  • Use a very small amount of shimmer white on brow bones and that too in a thin line just below the brows. Keep the center of the eyelids light, with a shimmer of white shadow under the brows.
  • Use a liner in a darker shade, preferably jet black and line in a thick fashion.
  • Line the under rim line as well, nothing to experiment here since your eyes are big enough. Just make them proportionate by using kohl or kajal or liner whatever you prefer. Use a shadow on top of the liner, it will soften the look and give longevity to your makeup.

  • Use mascara along with false lashes if you want to go for big sexy dark eyes. You may curl the lashes before applying the mascara.
  • Use mascara on both the upper and lower lashes without any restrictions. Take the mascara out to the corners and make sure that it is extra heavy on the outer lashes.
    • You can use just a small tiny dot of shimmering white pencil (elle 18 eye sparklers is good ) for that start point of eyes near the nose.
Quick Tip
If you have round eyes, it is recommended to apply mascara only to the top eyelashes for an effective cat-eye smokey look.

Your eye makeup can make or break your look. So, the key to create the perfect smokey vibes to your gorgeous eyes is practicing over and over till you succeed. Smokey eye makeup is versatile and you can experiment with different shades and be creative. Follow the tips and hacks mentioned in the article to start with a simple smokey eye makeup and once you master the art, you can go ahead and experiment with your eye makeup. However, do not forget to apply primer to your eyes before getting started. This will allow the eye makeup to last longer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are smokey eyes out of style?

No. Smokey eye makeup is one of those timeless looks that never go out of style.

How many types of smokey eyes are there?

There are various types of smokey eye makeup to choose from, and different styles suit different people. The most popular smokey eye looks are:
• Classic black
• Gold
• Silver
• Black and gold
• Deep blue

Key Takeaways

    • A primer is applied before the smokey eye makeup to keep the eyeshadow in place and prevent creasing.
    • The right eyeshadow color for you depends on your eye color and size.
    • Lighter shades can make smaller eyes appear prominent.
    • Dark shades and multiple shades of 3-4 colors can be used to highlight big and wider eyes.

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