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A smoky eye doesn’t have to be hard, heavy and over the top. Try this softer side of the smoky eye.
One of the most impactful—and iconic—eyeshadow looks is undoubtedly the smoky eye. Yet that label strikes fear, or at least reservation, into the hearts of many women. Probably because there are plenty of interpretations of the term: From grungy to over the top, the smoky eye is a bit of a catchall term.
Good news! The smoky eye you knew (and probably wore) in your college years is cancelled. Our favourite take on the trend is a less dramatic—yet just as impactful—smoky eye that borrows its shape from the cat-eye while at its core harnesses the intensity of the sooty, smoky eye. As demonstrated in this sultry version created by Jodi Urichuk, L’Oréal Paris Canadian Makeup Artist & Expert, the secret is in its softness.
Once you get the shape nailed down, you can customize this smoky eye using different colours. Urichuk’s version is glamorous, perfect for a red-carpet event. However, if you change the eyeshadow shades to something more natural (think warm browns and beiges), it can be striking and wearable for the office. Think of this as a less heavy and more nuanced version—if you’re feeling shy, so what? This look will bestow you with quiet confidence. We promise!
Sure, the smoky eye is as timeless as the LBD, but this version, painted by Jodi Urichuk, L'Oréal Paris Canadian Makeup Artist & Expert, is a little more mysterious—while still being pretty major. Follow Urichuk’s steps, but have a little fun with it, too—and don’t be shy to make the look your own!
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