Sexy and intense – ultimate smokey eye guide

Smokey eye pro guide

If you are thinking about the look for your party or a night out or even a first date I will instantly say:

go for SMOKE 

The eyes are getting this sexy intensity thanks to smudged eyeliner and blown out eyeshadows.

Before you freak out – it doesn’t necessarily have to be black! It can be brown, grey, or any other, with coordinated eyeshadow, you can adjust the level of intensity to your needs, keep it matte, add sparkle or go for whatever you want.

Below I’m going to quickly show you how to create basic smokey eye in two ways and I will present a couple of different colour variations at the end of the post.


So how to actually smokey eye?

The easiest way to achieve gorgeous smokey eye is to use cream topped up with a powder. You are going the get the most depth in seconds.

Step one

I’m starting with a brown eye pencil and I’m placing it along the top and bottom lashline. Messily, as it’s going to be my base. Then using a pencil brush I’m blending it into a nice cloud. Change your brush to any clean one if you think you are making too much mess and the product spreads too far away.


Useful tip – always blend your pencil before applying any eyeshadow on top of it. It works exactly the same as a foundation – face powder idea, you set cream with a powder, so the cream won’t move. Blend it while it’s still fresh and creamy to save some energy and time.

Another thing, I’m dragging the outer corner of my eye up and I’m leaving the inner corner bare. To understand why I’m doing this go and check out my post about eye shapes and different ways to correct them.


Step two 

It’s time to set the pencil with an eyeshadow. I’m using quite light, cool toned brown all over the eyelid space. Nothing fancy really, anything will work. Then I’m adding another layer of pencil, I’m blending it and then I’m adding powder eyeshadow on top. Repeat until you reach desired intensity but keep it close to the lashline.

I’m darkening the waterline with the same pencil. I’m going 3/4 on the top and half way through on the bottom waterline because of eye shape reasons. I like to get in between the lashes, but that’s never easy. Even with such a baby-lashes like mine! Anyways, I think dark waterline is crucial for smokey eye look, but you can easily skip it if you don’t like it.



Add 2-3 coats of mascara or/and falsies, inner corner highlight (a must in my case) and you are ready to rock. Also, soft brows are the only way to go, in my opinion, but feel free to have your own.

The end result looks quite intense but soft at the same time. There’s this balance between shade and light making it very versatile. For every occasion and nearly every eye shape.



Additional step

But if, by any chance, that’s not enough fo you I’ve got a solution for that, as well.

Take the same eye pencil and cover the whole lid and then blend. Be careful when you reach the crease. You can switch to clean, fluffy brush to blend the product there (that’s the issue with the dirty brush I mentioned before). Top it up with an eyeshadow to set it. Add black eye pencil this time, a little bit along the lash line, top and bottom, and in the waterline for extra smoke.



OFF TOPIC: Can you see how better my eyes look in the darker version? How big my eyelid looks like when it’s completely dark? How strange is that? The power of makeup, they say. And the power of knowing your eye shape, I’d add.


Colour variations

Here you’ve got two options of colour smokey eyes. In both of these looks, I used black eye pencil as a base and two to three shades of one colour. I placed the darkest along the lashlines, outer corner and a little bit in the crease.




Would you recreate any of these smokey eyes? Brown, purple or blue?


And that’s it for today. I really hope you have something new to practice after reading this post. And tell me what you think about it!

If you have another minute I encourage you to take a look at other tutorials – contoureyeliner or brush guide – maybe you’ll find something interesting.

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15 Discussion to this post

  1. Alvin says:

    Love how you did the makeup! Really interesting stuff. 🙂

  2. Maya says:

    Holy smokes! I’m useless when it comes to eyeshadow but I WISH I could recreate this. Looks great on you. By the way, you’ve got killer eyebrows girl!

    • Paula Czarnomska says:

      I love the joke 😂
      My eyebrows, yeah, arched so badly that I have to remove the hairs from it when I groom them 😄 Yeah, but I like them too 😊

  3. Jenny says:

    Great tips! I usually look like a panda when I try to do a smokey eye 🐼

    • Paula Czarnomska says:

      Haha, yeah it happens sometimes 😄 Maybe you drag it too far down or you make the shape too rounded? I think some people need to do cat smokey eye, because it suits their eyeshape better.
      Also, I feel like the colour of the eyeshadow needs to suit your skintone and it helps with it all.

  4. Shola says:

    You totally nailed the smokey eye! Thanks for the tip (pun intended)! -Shola (

  5. Trish says:

    I’m not a colour eyeshadow girl so I always go with blacks however I do use browns a lot too!

  6. I will have to try this on my next night out! This looks so good!

  7. Jenn Worrell says:

    I love your tutorials. I’ve never been able to nail a smiley eye. Now I know I’ve totally been doing it wrong! Thanks! Now I have a new plan!

  8. Claire says:

    I am more of a natural look type of girl, but some people do look good on that smokey eye makeup. I love your purple eyeshadow 🙂

  9. I love the black smokey look! Thanks for these tips, I will have to use it when I go out in a few weeks for a birthday party x

  10. Danielle says:

    Who doesn’t love a good smokey eye?! Such a great look on you by the way♥ If there is one thing I am good at in makeup … it is a smokey eye! I love using different colors too!

    -Danielle Ruppert //

  11. Stefanie says:

    wowo that looks so glamorous!!! When I try to do it i always look like a panda hahah

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