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How to: Supereasy Smoky Eye

This sultry look is go-to favorite that anyone can rock—but we know that it can seem daunting to do on your own (no one wants to end up with raccoon eyes)! Luckily, the team at Birchbox France put together one of the easiest tutorials we’ve seen using an eyeshadow chubby pencil, a blending brush, and mascara. Then, just add a few extra steps, and the look is perfect for a night out.

Watch the video above to see the whole tutorial and create the look yourself!

—Ashley

Looking for more step-by-step help? Here’s a tutorial for you too!

4 Essential Eye Looks to Know

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Whether you’re new to the eye makeup scene or interested in going back to the basics, we’ve rounded up the four eye looks that you need to know. From a work-appropriate cat-eye to bold, eye-popping liner, we’re touching all the bases so you can rock your gorgeous peepers in any setting.

1. How To: Neutral Cat-Eye

Cat-eyes tend to fall on the dramatic side of eye looks but for those of us who want a more subtle look, here’s how to get a cat-eye that’s clean and neutral. Using a gel eyeliner like Cailyn Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner guarantees precision and lets you decide how thick or thin you want the line to be. 

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VIDEO: Smoky Eye 101

A great smoky eye is something every woman should have in her makeup wheelhouse. It’s universally flattering and dresses up any outfit. White t-shirt and jeans? Throw on some heels and a smoky eye and you’re ready for a night out. Since smoky eyes usually involve dark (if not black) eyeshadow, most women we know are a little intimidated to try them at home. But it’s surprisingly easy! Watch as Birchbox staffer Deepica breaks down the steps to the perfect smoky eye. 

Sets like stila’s in the light eyeshadow palette are an easy way to get everything you need for a smoky eye in one place. 

Smokey Eye Tutorial From A Pro: Guest Blogger

In the fashion world, there’s outfit envy. In the beauty world, there’s makeup envy — and we are seriously envious when it comes to Annamarie Tendler. A genius makeup artist, Tendler covers a wide range of topics on her am. blog, but her The Daily Face posts, which chronicle her day-to-day makeup looks, are our favorite. (FYI: She did an amazing series in October called The Spooky Scary Daily Face, which was epic.) Each day she inspires with a gorgeous new look, and for one whole week, she’s sharing her makeup expertise with lucky, lucky us.

The Daily Face is a project on my personal blog that I’ve been doing for almost a full year now. I do my own makeup, photograph it, and then explain how I achieved the look with a breakdown of what I used. Here’s my smokey eye, a classic look every makeup wearer should master! For more Daily Faces visit my blog.

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