The classic smoky eye never goes out of style. But if you think you can’t wear the look before cocktail hour, think again. Using the right shade, tools, and technique, you can easily tone down your smoky eye so that it’s more daytime appropriate.
For a smoldering smoky eye as seen on J.Lo at her appearance for The Late Show With David Letterman, you can substitute brown for black for a subtle smoky eye that looks gorgeous during the day. To achieve the look, follow these four easy steps using four tools:
Lightly layer a sheer, shimmery brown eye shadow across the lid. Make sure you go along the upper lash line and in the crease.
Burberry Beauty Sheer Eye Shadow in Midnight Brown, $29; Nordstrom
Use a brown colored eyeliner to color between the roots of your lashes.
Givenchy Magic Kajal in Brun D’Exception, $24; Sephora
Next, use an eyeliner brush to smudge the eyeliner. For that smoldering effect, sweep it directly under the top and bottom lash line and smudge your liner into an imperfectly-perfect haze of smoky amazingness.
Bobbi Brown Eye Smudge Brush, $30; Sephora
Finish off your daytime smoky eye with a touch of volume. Apply three coats of a voluminizing mascara to create a flirty, fluttery fringe.
L’ORÉAL Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara, $7.99; Ulta