The 2016 Academy Awards red carpet delivered a slew of glamorous, show-stopping looks, due in no small part to the stunning hair and makeup choices made by some of our favorite celebs. The most notable and ubiquitous choice was the immensely versatile smoky eye. Far more forgiving and customizable than a statement lip, the soft and sultry appeal of a smudged eye is evidently back in a big way. From classic black to ethereal rose gold, here are six of our favorite modern variations and tips for recreating them yourself.
Saoirse Ronan's Classic Black
Artist Eyeshadow in Onyx
Make Up For Ever
Pick an irridescent shade of shoot to achieve the black sultry look. Blend the shadow to create a gradual transition from the inner corner to the outer lids. Rim the bottom lash line with a kohl liner.
Brie Larson's Moody Navy
Colorful Eyeshadow in Sailor Kiss
Apply a navy shadow to the outer third of your eyelid and bottom lash line for a softer take on the classic dark smoky eye.
Lady Gaga's Luminous Rose Gold
Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Rose Gold
Opt for a fresher, feminine take on the smoky eye with a bronzey rose gold tone that'll provide both brightness and depth. Complete with a peachy nude lip.
Rachel McAdams' Eyecatching Emerald
Single Eye Shadow in Night Porter
Enhance your eye color with a dark green shadow. Apply liberally to the lid and finish with a slick of shimmery cool-toned emerald liner on your lower lash line.
Emily Blunt's Burnt Bronze
Eye Shadow in Twig
Select a multidimensional bronze hue for a more forgiving version of the smokey eye.
Julianne Moore's Glittering Charcoal
Eyeshadow in Oil Slick
Blend a glittery charcoal shadow all over the lid and apply a highlight shade towards the corner of your eyes. Contrast with a neutral brown shadow on the lower lash line and complete with a nude lip.