6 Smoky Eye Ideas To Copy For Fall, Courtesy Of Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, & More
Summer saw no shortage of creativity in the eye makeup department, from tie dye and floral-painted lids to abstract liner art. The introduction of face masks reinforced the importance of look-at-me peepers, triggering daring trends that will doubtless translate into dramatic smoulder come fall. Now, six smoky eye ideas to get the inspiration flowing.
The ubiquitous technique is said to have officially originated from the Gucci runway in the '90s, but a look at ancient Egypt will prove that smoky eye makeup is literally one of the oldest beauty tricks in the book. Old photos of famous flappers like Josephine Baker depict thick black liner smudged and blended outwardly — these were the days of making eyeshadow out of petroleum jelly and actual charcoal. Today, the word "smoky" is more of a genre than one specific look.
In 2020 — since quarantine tutorial binging has resulted in van Gogh-level virtuosity — the sooty eye category is practically infinite. They vary now in shape (rounded, winged, or all the way to the brow?) and color (metallics and neons in addition to your average black and browns). Sometimes they even incorporate fun shapes and geometric liner, too.
Ahead, six on-season smoky eye looks courtesy of Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Sophie Turner, and more.
Smoky Eye Ideas: Cat-Eye
Smoky Eye Ideas: Soft & Bronze
For a less dramatic look, make like Kim K. and trade the blacks and greys in for bronze and browns. The KKW Beauty mogul — whose lids smoulder nearly 100 percent of the time — has mastered the art of a super low-key smoky eye using more natural shades. She and makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic posted a step-by-step tutorial on it in March.
Smoky Eye Ideas: Neon With A Wing
Priyanka Chopra's hot-pink lids at Beautycon 2019 were a testament to how much the smoky eye has evolved since the early days of using charcoal. Makeup artist Pati Dubroff told Elle she created the look by first shaping the blended-out wing, then filling in the inner lid with that brilliant cotton-candy pink shade.
Smoky Eye Ideas: Big Drama
When the time calls for pure drama, Sophie Turner-style eye makeup delivers. Several times now — example: 2019's Met Gala — the beauty icon has served up go-big-or-go-home smoke. Contrary to the cat-eye, Turner's eyeshadow takes a circular shape, covering the entire lid and gently trailing the waterline.