A smoky eye has never been easier
If you’re intimidated by a smoky eye, you’re definitely not alone. I used to leave this look for the rare occasion when I would have my makeup done by a pro, but then I found a product that made it easy as could be—and of course it was discontinued. BUT, it was brought back to life by Surratt Beauty in the form of the Smoky Eye Baton, and I promise, promise, promise you’ll never shy away from trying your hand at this bold look yourself again.
With a soft shadow-infused sponge on one end (the actual product lives in the cap so it’s ready to go as soon as you open it) and a super-blendable coordinating liner on the other, you don’t even need any extra tools to achieve a sexy, sultry look. First, use the liner to scribble on your lower lid, getting as close to your lashes as possible—and don’t even worry about being neat. Then, use the sponge to blend the liner and shadow, taking it up to just above the crease. There isn’t even a need for additional tools (although a fluffy brush can help feather out the color for a more ombre effect as you get higher on your lid).
You can never go wrong with a basic black (or brown or navy or purple or taupe), but this season’s new shades—silver, copper and burgundy—feel really fresh and make a statement all their own.
These magic wands truly take the guesswork out of creating a smoky eye, but Surratt Beauty’s founder, Troy Surratt, offers a few extra tips:
- Do your eyes before your other makeup so it’s easy to clean up without disturbing foundation.
- Prep your eyelids with a primer for maximum blendability and longevity.
- Primer also provides a brightening effect by neutralizing any red or purple tones—and really helps color pop.
Once you see how easy a smoky eye can be, you won’t be able to stop at one color—and I think the new copper “Etincelle” is calling my name… Is it fall yet?