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12 Life-Changing Ways To Use Eyeliner To Create Smoky Eye Makeup
If you don't have any shadow on hand or have a bunch of colored liners you have no idea what to do with, fret not. With these easy tricks, you can get the look of shadow using just liner. Makeup artist Gigi Shaker shows you how.
1. Master the art of a smoky eye with this map. Use different eyeliner shades to fill in sections of your eyes, and then blend to perfection using an eye shadow brush (or your finger).
2. Make small eyes appear larger by drawing lines at the outer corners of your lids and up toward the brow bone.
Using a colored liner of your choice (here, model Brooke used a deep purple, which complements brown eyes), draw several lines from your lash line almost to the brow to help create the illusion of a bigger eye. (Notice how the eye on the left appears larger.)
3. Make wide-set eyes look closer together by applying the majority of the color toward your nose. Make sure to blend the liner with your fingertip quickly before it sets.
4. Make close-set eyes appear farther apart with a "V"-shaped smoky eye. (Hint: You have close-set eyes if the distance between your eyes is shorter than the width of one of your eyes.)
Draw a line over your crease with a thick shadow liner, another line from the outer corner of your eye toward the tail of your eyebrow, and then line your lower lash line. Next, fill in the "V" with the same shadow stick only at the outer corner of your eye and blend.
5. Give yourself a flawless cat-eye by drawing dots with an eye pencil, then connect them with liquid liner. Add depth with cream shadow in the crease of your eye if you have any on hand.
6. Create a crease with a smoky shadow.
Apply black eyeliner at the lashline and smudge it out with a cotton swab. Then, using a gray shimmer liner, draw a line over the top of your eyeball. With a windshield wiper-like motion, use an eye shadow brush to blend the liner. Remember to leave some space between the darker shade and your brow bone.
7. Use quotation marks to create a smoky eye.
If you want a subtle smoky eye, apply your darker liner in a quotation mark formation (if you have wide-set eyes, place the quotation marks on the inner, upper corners of your eye; if you have close-set eyes, position them at the outer corners of your eye), and then blend the liner in with an eye shadow brush. Line your eyes to finish the look.
8. To make your eyebrows pop, draw a line along your brow bone with nude pencil, and then diffuse it with an eye shadow brush spritzed with water. The moist brush will help move the formula and blend it into your skin flawlessly.
9. Make eyes appear wider by applying a soft, shimmery shadow in the upper, inner region of your eyelid. This creates the illusion of more space between your eyes and adds a touch of glimmer without being too much.
10. Use an @ or # symbol at the outer corner of your eye to create a smoky look. Blend with an eye shadow brush.
11. Blend your favorite navy liner along your lashline for a blue smoke effect.
12. Finally, if you have trouble blending any hard lines, diffuse them with a translucent powder and tiny eye shadow brush.