Step 1: Apply a Cream Shadow Base
Using your fingers, apply a light-colored cream shadow like Bobbi Brown’s Sand Dollar, from the lash line to the middle of the eye. “The warmth of your fingers helps the shadow go on smoothly,” says Vo.
Step 2: Use a Flat Brush to Layer on Powder Shadow
Next, use a flat brush to apply a complementary powder shadow like Smashbox’s Smashing Champagne all over the cream base. “The cream grabs the powder and helps it project more,” says Vo. “You don’t have to be precise, just layer it on.”
Step 3: Add a Dark Shadow in the Crease
Take a dome-shaped brush with a flexible tip and dip it into a taupey gray shadow, like stila’s wheat. Fit the brush in the deepest contour of your crease and use a fluid motion to blend back and forth like windshield wipers.
Step 4: Drag Dark Shadow Underneath Eye
Use a small detail brush to brush the same taupey gray shadow along the lower lash line and in a soft v-shape at the outer corner of your eye. This adds definition and makes your eye look bigger. When in doubt, blend!
Step 5: Add Smudgy Black Liner
To complete the look, apply a black liner or a soft black shadow along the top and lower lash line. Finish with two coats of major mascara like Benefit BADgal.
Tip: If you’re unsure about mixing and matching shadows, pick up a kit like stila’s Smokey Eye Palette that includes every shade you need.