Mastering a smoky eye is no easy feat — it can literally take hours of YouTube tutorials and a few “raccoon eyes” gone wrong before you finally get the feel for it.
Plus, considering the fact that we don’t always have the time to spend cleaning up the mess that our smoky eye errors can leave behind, there are plenty of new tools and products created all the time to help us get there with ease. Well, at least with a little less cursing.
So, if you’re looking for a way to cheat your smoky eye with a cream pencil, or simply need a better brush to be able to blend softly without blending all of your hard work away, you may want to add these to that always growing shopping list of yours.
This double-sided eye baton from makeup artist Troy Surratt’s beauty line practically does the work for you. The “baton” features a liner on one end, and a cream shadow on the other. But, adding to the ease of use, is the fact that the cream shadow is actually tucked away, and the baton unscrews for application. What is revealed is a sponge-tip to help blend your work — like we said, the easiest smoky eye, ever.
Smokey Eye Baton, $35, available at Barneys New York.
The just-launched Milk Makeup line is already well-known for its innovative packaging, and the Shadow Liner is definitely one to scoop up. It can be used as both a shadow and a liner (hence the name) and is angled so you can turn it depending on whatever look you’re trying to achieve. Layer two colors and angle in new ways to get up close and personal with the crevices of your lids.
Shadow Liner, $26, available at Sephora.
Estée Lauder’s new line aimed at the social media savvy millennial (with Kendall Jenner as the face, naturally) has a Kendall-hemmed palette filled with shadows that pair dark and light textures to give you the perfect highlight to your hazy gaze.
Eyeshadow Palette, $48, available at Sephora.
Despite this shadow stick’s dome tip and soft, blendable formula, once it sets, it doesn’t move. Mix and match the colors that you desire to get your smoky eye look and blend them in (quickly). Then enjoy the fact that they won’t budge (or crease) all day.
Eye Colour Contour Smoke & Sculpt Pen, $29, available at Sephora.
Celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles just launched her own makeup line — and it’s one to get to know. The Eye Shadow Quad in Topanga has all of the russet browns that you need for the perfect sultry chocolate eye.
Artist Eye Shadow Quad in Topanga, $28, available at Ulta Beauty.
Every smoky eye disciple needs the perfect blending brush, and this Oval 3 brush from Artis is just that. The brush head helps to blend and shade the shadow along the crease of your eyelid.
Oval 3 Brush, $40, available at Net-A-Porter.
By: Rachel Adler