The Expert-Approved Palettes For a Daytime Smoky Eye
Just like winged liner, red lips and flawless skin, smoky eyes are more of a classic beauty look than a trend. (We can’t see them going anywhere any time soon, can you?) Even so, finding the right tools for the job can be a challenge—especially when attempting to work this typically evening look for daytime. We turned to seven celebrity makeup artists for the intel on the exact products they use (and recommend!) for creating a goofproof smoky eye. Keep scrolling to find out what they are.
"The neutral matte shadows are perfect for defining, shading and sculpting the eyes, and the richer tones add intensity—there are some great highlighting shades in there too, which give glow and dimension."
"This one is a newbie for me, but I’m already in love. As soon as you see the shades, the words ‘rich’ and ‘deep’ come to mind: it’s perfect for creating sultry but AM-appropriate looks. Try the colour ‘Dark Edge’—it’s a stunning olive green shade."
"Ellis Faas’ Creamy Eyes are some of my favourite cream eyeshadows for creating a daytime smoky eye. They give you a good amount of blending time but once they set, they’re smudge-proof."
"The continuous form melds each complimentary shade into the next, making for a quick and easy 'custom blend' colour, with no fuss. I love Hourglass’s powder formulas—they really illuminate and bring warmth to the skin."
"To me, a daytime smoky means impeccable blending—everything is on show in direct sunlight—so these creamy and easy-to-use crayons are perfect."
“When it comes to coloured eyeshadow, I love a satin finish—it looks much more refined and expensive than other textures. What separates this palette from the rest is the slightly unusual array of shades. No matter your eye colour, these hues will make them pop!”
“Nothing makes me happier than lighting up a face with a sun-kissed glow and warm neutral shades on the eyes. I love the deep earth tones which I use along with dusty rose hues to create a smoky eye for day.”