My Take on the Smokey Eye

My Take on the Smokey Eye

Sometimes I wonder if growing up with two brothers having a vast knowledge of Kung Fu movies and sports trivia has somehow drained my ability to perform basic girl tasks. 

I remember watching my friends in high school apply mascara in the bathroom like ballerinas preparing for a show, whereas I looked more like a drunk, overgrown toddler trying to face paint my own face. Basically, makeup has never been my jam until I got into blogging and had the time to really focus on the basics of makeup application.

But even with the makeup skills I have recently nailed down, the smokey eye has always eluded me – no joke I practiced for almost a full day to get this post right. I found so many good guides online, but most of them didn’t specify brush needs or colors – I had to figure that out through trial and error. 

So in order to save my fellow tomboys out there from crying until their mascara makes them look like a raccoon, here is how I do my subtle smokey eye.





Start by highlighting the area just below your outer eyebrow in a white eyeshadow or something slightly darker if you are not as pale as me.


Draw an oblong circle over your eye, starting from the inner eye and working your way out. I used a color just darker than my foundation and used the widest of my brushes.


Using an angled brush, fill in the crease of your eyelid with a charcoal grey. Also line your upper and lower eyelid with the grey. 


By pulling very gently on your eyelashes, keep your lid taut while you draw a straight line with liquid eyeliner. Apply mascara as you normally would to your upper and lower lashes and allow to dry.



  1. September 13, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    I am just now trying to figure out how to apply eyeshadow like a normal person. The amount of YouTube videos I watch is insane…

    You did a pretty awesome job with this look, so the practice definitely paid off!

    Natalie Was Here

    • Annie
      September 20, 2016 / 2:14 pm

      Haha that is my life story! It is worth it to learn but I cannot do it every day 🙂 Thanks for reading!

    • Annie
      September 20, 2016 / 2:14 pm

      Thank you so much Nikki! 🙂

  2. September 27, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    I love your style of writing! And that smokey eye look! And your shirt! 😛


    • Annie
      October 10, 2016 / 3:57 pm

      Thanks so much Raashi 🙂

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