Courtney Kelly
Courtney Kelly

The Smoky Eye Hack You Need to Try

Creating a smoky eye can seem complicated, but it is actually one of the easier looks to achieve. The trick to mastering it is blending. I’ve been seeing colourful smoky eyes on the runway lately, and I wanted to add a pop of colour to my traditional black smoky eye.


Looking through my makeup collection, I realized I didn’t own a lot of brightly coloured shadows. I decided to purchase the CoverGirl Jewels palette—I thought an affordable palette would be the way to go since I don’t wear bright colours on a regular basis.

The products I used include:

  • Rimmel Match Perfection Silky Loose Face Powder
  • CoverGirl Trunaked Jewels Palette
  • Essence Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
  • Joe Fresh 8hr Waterproof Eyeliner in Plum
  • Rimmel Colour Precise Liner in Blue
  • Joe Fresh Length Lash Mascara

Step 1: I used the Rimmel powder under my eyes. This step shouldn’t be skipped. When you’re blending bold colours, they will drop onto your foundation and ruin your base. This can be avoided by applying a thick layer of loose powder before you start.

Step 2: I applied the light white shade under my eyebrows. I was super impressed with this shade—it illuminated my brow bone perfectly and made my arches look higher.

Step 3: I then used the pale pink colour for my transition shade, blending it into my crease with a fluffy blending brush. This will make your smoky eye look seamless.

Step 4: I decided to apply the amazing purple shade all over my lower lid, using a flat shadow brush to really pack the colour on. Purple is especially great if you have green or hazel eyes.

Step 5: I then chose the bright blue shadow and focused it on the outer edges of my eyes. This gave the look a smoky feel and some depth.

Step 6: I used the light shimmer colour on the inner corners of my eyes. This makes your eyes pop!

Step 7: I brushed away the loose powder and applied the Essence waterproof liner. I decided to do a winged liner, and my trick is to flick out the outer edge first and drag it into the corner of the eye.

Step 8: I then smudged the purple colour on my lower lash line and the shimmery colour in the corners of my eyes to make them pop.

Step 9: I applied the Joe Fresh eye pencil on my waterline. This pencil worked well with the purple eye shadow, and it’s great for the water line because it lasts all day. I also used the Rimmel liner along the bottom of the black winged liner to add a pop of colour.

Step 10: I used the Joe Fresh mascara on my top and bottom lashes. This is a great mascara for lengthening, and I loved how the brush really separated my lashes.


Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone when creating new eye looks. Remember, it is just makeup and you can always wash it off!