Best Summer Smokey Eye Looks

The smokey eye look has one thing in common with the little black dress - it is a timelessly sexy look.  When properly applied, there's nothing sexier than a gorgeously sultry smokey eye look. Just ask the celebrities who rock this look on a regular basis, including stars like Kim Kardashian and Kristen Stewart! Whether you've got a big concert to attend or are just looking for a way to spice up your eye makeup routine for the summer, a smokey eye can add the right amount of sophisticated drama to your look. Summer can also be an excellent time to experiment with a wide range of smokey eye looks!

Kristen Stewart smokey eye

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However, too many women decide to skip this look altogether, because it often seems like such a complicated and intimidating process. No one wants to end up seeing like a raccoon!

If you've always wanted to recreate this beautiful, mysterious and sexy look, but have been intimidated at the potential results, then fear no more! This is your ultimate guide to achieving the hottest smokey eye looks for the summer!

Before we start, here is a list of important tips that will help you flawlessly recreate the perfect smokey eye looks for the summer.

Tip 1: It's important to remember that "smokey" is a technique, not a color

A proper smokey eye is the result of several coordinated steps, including blending and layering of colors. The last thing you require is a clear line of eye shadow separating the different colors you used. With that being said, always have a fluffy brush at hand to blend out any harsh lines. When you are blending into your crease, move your brush in small circular motions to "smoke it out". When you have finished mixing in one section, wipe the brush on the palm of your hand to remove any remaining color before blending each new section.

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Tip 2: Always begin with the eyes

It may seem natural to start with your facial makeup first, but doing so will result in unwanted and frustrating eyeshadow fallout and smudging. This will most likely result in you having to do your facial makeup all over again. It's much easier to swipe on some eye makeup remover on bare skin than it is on fully made-up skin. With that being said, always start with your eye makeup first.

Tip 3: Use the proper brushes

If you want to recreate the perfect smokey eye look successfully for the summer, it's important to invest in some decent, good quality brushes for each technique. Avoid using sponge brushes for your smokey eye. You will require a flat shader brush for applying eye shadow to your eyelids, a mid-sized brush for your crease, a pencil brush for your tear duct and lash line and a fluffy brush for blending and applying highlight color.  

Tip 4: Apply an eyeshadow slightly lighter than your skin above your crease

Before you have used your eyelid and crease colors, dip the fluffy brush into an eye shadow that's slightly lighter than your skin, and sweep it above your crease, using a windshield wiper motion. You want this eyeshadow to overlap the eye shadow slightly in your crease, creating dimension and definition.

Tip 5: Apply some white eyeliner or shadow underneath your brow for an instant lift

Not only will this give you an instant brow lift, but it will also add dimension to your overall look. Apply some white eyeliner or eyeshadow to your upper brow bone, directly underneath your eyebrows for an instant lift.

Tip 6: Aim for extra lashes

For a flawless summer smokey eye look, go for dark and dramatic lashes. You can use false lashes, or two separate mascaras - one with a thickening formula, and one with a lengthening formula. Apply the thickening mascara to the base/roots of your lashes, and jiggle the brush to add volume. Next, use the lengthening formula to the remaining part of your lashes, holding the brush vertically for additional length.

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Tip 7: Keep your lip color subtle

With the smokey eye already adding the right amount of sophisticated drama to your look, avoid piling on a lip color that's too bold and bright, as this can cause your look to appear over the top. Instead, opt for a more subtle and neutral lip color, such as brownish-pink, pinky-beige, peach or nude.

Best Summer Smokey Eye Looks

Now that we've covered the tips, here is a list of the hottest and most glamorous summer smokey eye looks. Get ready to make your friends jealous!

1). Chocolate Smokey Eye

This particular look suits everyone and is perfect for both the day and nighttime.

  • Step 1: Begin by prepping your eyes with primer, as well as a hydrating under eye cream.
  • Step 2: Start off by first smudging on a dark brown-colored shade of eyeshadow onto your eyelids.
  • Step 3: Apply a shimmery chocolate brown eye shadow shade into your crease and blend well.
  • Step 4: Blend the chocolate brown eyeshadow shade a little above your crease, keeping it below your brow-bone.
  • Step 5: Highlight your brow-bone with a white-colored eyeliner or eye shadow for an instant brow-lift.
  • Step 6: Apply a black kohl eyeliner to your upper and lower eyelids, extending slightly past your upper lash line.
  • Step 7: Slightly smudge your eyeliner to "smoke up" this look.
  • Step 8: Apply a small dash of the chocolate brown eyeshadow shade to your lower lash line to soften this look.
  • Step 9: Finally, you can complete with a few coats of black mascara.

Optional: To add an extra pop, apply some green eye pencil or eye shadow to the lower inner corners of your eye. You can skip this part if you'd like.

Chocolate smokey eye

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2). Everyday Neutral Smokey Eye

This particular look is a subtle, more understated take on the traditional smokey eye, and is perfect for daytime. It is also ideal for an afternoon spent at the beach!

  • Step 1: Smudge on an ivory colored eyeshadow to your entire lid.
  • Step 2: Highlight your brow-bone with a white eyeliner or white-colored eye shadow for an instant brow-lift.
  • Step 3: Brush a medium-brown colored eye shadow shade onto your outer lid and sweep it over your crease.
  • Step 4: Softly blend out the edges of your eyes with the help of a fluffy blending brush.
  • Step 5: Brush the same medium-brown eye shadow shade onto your lower lid.
  • Step 6: Using either a black kohl liner or liquid eyeliner, line your upper lid and waterline. You can also extend the eyeliner into a cat eye makeup look, based on your preference.
  • Step 7: Finish off this beautiful neutral look with several coats of mascara.

Neutral smokey eye

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3). Rainbow Colored Smokey Eye Look

This particular look is bright and bold, as well as daring and playful. This look is ideal if you're looking to add a pop of color to your summer eye makeup routine.

  • Step 1: Start off by sweeping on a shimmering gold shade, beginning from the inner corner of your eye to your mid eyelid. Refrain from blending just yet.
  • Step 2: Lightly dust on a light to medium-colored pink shimmery shade, starting from the middle of your eyelid to your outer eyelid, and follow by blending well into the gold powder.
  • Step 3: Apply either a matte or shimmery purple eye shadow shade to the outer corner of your eyelids and blend well.
  • Step 4: Draw a thin layer of purple-colored liner on your upper eyelid, beginning from the inner to the outer edge of your eye. Follow by repeating this same process along your bottom lash line, while smudging your eyeliner a bit.
  • Step 5: Follow by lining upper lash line with a thin layer of either black kohl or liquid eyeliner, keeping it close to your upper lash line. Then, apply a very thin layer of eyeliner to the inner corner of your eye, extending the liner all the way to the outer corner of your eye.
  • Step 6: Blend the colors a bit to incorporate them with one another.
  • Step 7: Glide on a layer of white eyeliner or white shadow into the inner corners of your eye and blend in both an upwards and downwards motion.
  • Step 8: Complete this look with a few layers of your favorite mascara. You can also apply some false lashes to add an additional pop and extra drama to the look.

Rainbow colored smokey eye

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4). Purple Smokey Eye

This look is gorgeously exotic, as well as mysterious, and is perfect for summer date nights.

  • Step 1: Apply white eyeliner or eyeshadow underneath your eyebrows for an instant brow-lift.
  • Step 2: Blend a layer of medium-brown colored matte eyeshadow into your crease.
  • Step 3: Smudge on a shade of medium-purple colored eye shadow powder onto your eyelids.
  • Step 4: Brush on a thin layer of a darker purple shade of eye shadow to the upper part of your lash line and blend well.
  • Step 5: Follow by smudging on the same medium-purple colored eyeshadow to your lower lash line.
  • Step 6: Using a black kohl eyeliner, line your upper lids, extending it into a cat eye, if you'd like. Line your lower waterline, as well.
  • Step 7: Complete this look with several layers of a black mascara of your choice.

Purple smokey eye

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5). Golden Smokey Eye

This dazzling and luminous summer look is ideal for evenings and resembles a gorgeous summertime sunset on the beach.

  • Step 1: Start off by first priming your eyes.
  • Step 2: Brush on a shade of bronze or velvety gold-colored eye shadow to your entire eyelid.
  • Step 3: Follow by sweeping the outer corner of your eyelid with a layer of medium to dark matte brown eyeshadow and follow by sweeping it upwards and over your crease. Blend well.
  • Step 4: Using the same shade of medium to dark brown matte eye shadow, brush the lower part of your lash line, while making sure to keep it close to your lashes.
  • Step 5: Brush on a matte white shadow underneath your eyebrows with a flat brush to highlight your brows and instantly lift them.
  • Step 6: Curl your eyelashes with a good eyelash curler, then follow by lining your upper lids with a black kohl eyeliner. You can wing the tip a bit, if you'd like.
  • Step 7: Apply eyeliner underneath your eye and on your waterline.
  • Step 8: Apply a few layers of your favorite mascara to the top and bottom of your eyelashes.

Golden smokey eye

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6). Metallic Smokey Eye

This smokey eye is edgy and stylish and is perfect for a summer night out with your friends.

  • Step 1: Start off by first priming your eyes.
  • Step 2: Highlight your brow-bone by applying some white eyeliner or eyeshadow underneath your eyebrow.
  • Step 3: Dust on a gunmetal-inspired shimmery metallic silver shade all over your eyelids.
  • Step 4: Apply a light brown or beige shade of eye shadow slightly above your crease.
  • Step 5: Follow by blending a black-colored matte or shimmery (your choice) shade into your crease, and follow by extending the eyeshadow into the outer corners of your lid.
  • Step 6: Blend well, using a fluffy blending brush.
  • Step 7: Follow by lining the top and bottom of your eyelids with a black kohl or liquid eyeliner.

Metallic smokey eye

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7). Classic Smokey Eye

The following steps will guide you how to create the traditional smokey eye look flawlessly. This look is dark, bold, daring and sophisticated. It's also perfect for summer nights.

  • Step 1: Apply either a black or dark navy blue shade of eye shadow from the upper part of your eyelashes, all the way up to your crease. Then, with the use of a small angled brush, extend the black or dark navy blue shade of eye shadow into your lower lash lines.
  • Step 2: Apply a shade of medium-brown or beige eyeshadow above your crease, but make sure it stays beneath your brow bone.
  • Step 3: Follow by gently smudging the eye shadow at the lower lash lines and crease, using either a traditional smudge brush or a Q-Tip. You want to make sure that this smokey-eye look is completely free from any harsh, obvious lines to achieve the "smokey" effect.
  • Step 4: Using a black kohl eyeliner, line your upper and lower lash lines, extending past your upper lash line.
  • Step 5: To complete this look, layer on several coats of your favorite mascara. You can also implement false lashes to add an additional pop and drama to the look.

Classic smokey eye

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8). Green Smokey Eye

Green incorporates a perfectly unexpected twist to your summer look. Not to mention, your friends will also be green with envy!

  • Step 1: Start off by dusting a medium brown-colored eye shadow shade onto the outer half of your eyelid, bringing it up to your crease. Continue onto bottom outer half as well.
  • Step 2: Follow by applying a green-colored shade of eye shadow onto the center of your lid and extend it all the way to the inner corner of your eye.
  • Step 3: Sweep on the same shade of green underneath your eye, half way, keeping it close to your eyelashes.
  • Step 4: Brush on a deeper shade brown eye shadow underneath your eye to darken the outer corner.
  • Step 5: Use a black eyeliner to line your upper lids.
  • Step 6: Line your waterline with either a white or nude eyeliner/ eye pencil and finish off the look with several layers of your favorite mascara.

Green smokey eye

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Now that you know the secrets to creating the perfectly flawless smokey eye looks, you can implement them into your beauty routine, making your eyes the center of attention for the summer!

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