Whenever I want to look a little put together without much effort, this is my go-to look. This look is a super easy, neutral everyday smokey eyeshadow look that is so quick and effortless to achieve! Because it uses neutral colors, this eyeshadow look is totally appropriate for day time, but if you throw in darker colors it can definitely be night time appropriate too!
What’s cool about this eyeshadow technique is that it works with any colors and only requires 3 eyeshadow colors. Yes, only THREE! A light color eyeshadow, a darker color eyeshadow, and a transition shade, preferably one that is just a shade darker than your skin tone. So easy! Let’s jump right into the steps:
1. After priming your eyes, apply a light color all over the inner 2/3 of your eyelid, making sure not to go past your crease. Depending on your preference, you can opt for a shimmery shade like me, or a matte shade. Here I’m using the shade Nude from the Lorac Pro Palette, which is a shimmery, light pink eyeshadow.
2. Picking up a dark brown eyeshadow, place this shadow on the outer 1/3 of your eyelid, focusing it mainly in your outer V. Make sure not to go past the crease. No worries about any harsh lines because we will be blending it out in the next step. Here I’m using the shade Espresso from the Lorac Pro Palette.
3. With a soft brown eyeshadow on a blending brush, or any shade a shade or two darker than your skin tone, gently brush back and forth into the crease over the edge of the dark brown we placed earlier, making sure to soften any harsh edges. Be sure to blend this color upwards with a very soft hand in order to create a smooth transition. Here I’m using the shade Taupe from the Lorac Pro Palette.
4. Now that we’ve finished the top eyeshadow, we’ll want to mimic the same steps under the eye as well. Place the same light shade near the tear duct and extend halfway under the eye. This will make your eyes pop, especially if you’re using a shimmery color. Using the same dark brown, place this color under the outer half of the eye, making sure to blend this up into the dark brown on the upper lid as well. Now using the same light brown shade, softly blend the lower lash line to soften up the edges.
5. Now you’re one step closer to the finished look! Apply eyeliner and mascara, lashes are optional. Here I’m using Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid Eyeliner, Rimmel Scandal Eyes Kohl Waterproof Eyeliner, and Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara.
6. Touch up any colors if necessary, otherwise you are DONE!