Make-up guide: Easy tips for an Arab diva-style smokey eye

There are many misconceptions about getting the perfect smokey eye look for a glamorous night out

Najla Kaddour
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There are many misconceptions about getting the perfect smokey eye look for a glamorous night out. Many make-up lovers think that it’s difficult to achieve, however, it’s the easiest and fastest look to boast! Once you are familiar with the basic guidelines of how to create smokey eyes, it’s pretty simple.

Step 1: Primer


Using a primer is essential before make-up application. A lot of people aren’t aware that there are primers especially designed for the eyes.

This keeps the eye make-up in place all day and prevents it from smudging or creasing. It also helps the eyeshadow color to pop and stand out more.

How to: Take a generous amount of the primer and apply an even layer all over the lid. This can be applied using the fingertips.

Step 2: Highlight


A smokey eye look is a heavy look by itself so it’s important to add some freshness to the eyes, this should be done by highlighting.

How to: Using a concealer that’s two to three shades lighter than your skin tone, take a flat blending brush and apply a little amount of the concealer on the brow bone.

A great trick to sharpen the eyebrows at the same time is to use a sharp angled brush to apply the concealer. Make sure all edges are blended well.

Step 3: Base


For a smokey eye look it’s important to create a dark base on the lid, this creates that extra dark and mysterious smokey effect.

How to: Fill in your eyelid using an eye pencil that’s blendable in the shade you desire.

Remember, a smokey eye doesn’t have to be black. It can be any color as long as it’s a dark shade.

After filling in your eyelid, blend it in using a flat eyeshadow brush. It’s very important to stay in between the crease and lid. Once you apply a very dark color over the crease, it will look too dramatic. Do the same thing on the lower lash line and make sure all harsh lines are blended well.

Step 4: Eyeshadow


How to: Apply an eyeshadow color that’s similar to the color you’ve chosen to wear on the lid. This shade, however, has to be lighter. With a blending brush, apply the eyeshadow along the crease to create some definition to the eyes. Then, use a narrow blending brush and apply the same eyeshadow on the lower lash line. This gives the look some more character.

Top tip: Apply your concealer after finishing the Smokey Eye look, this will prevent the fall out from ruining your concealer!

Step 5: Lashes


Finally, on to the lashes! A smokey eye look is never complete without dramatic and sultry lashes.

How to: Make sure to apply a generous amount of mascara before applying glue on lashes. When the lashes are still a bit damp from the mascara, use a tweezer and black lash glue to apply the lashes with and make sure you place them along the lash line. Then stick your natural lashes to the false lashes by pressing them together with the tweezer and... Volia! There you have it, a beautiful smokey eye look which means you are ready to hit the town.


Najla Kaddour is a Dubai based celebrity make-up artist & beauty blogger who is committed to providing the very best in make-up design and application.

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