Where there’s Smoke | Part 1

Executing the perfect smoky eye is a skill that requires some insider knowledge. jane iredale has asked makeup artists the world over for their secrets on creating a seriously smoldering smoky eye.

From Mexico to Japan and everywhere in-between, we’ve searched the globe for the hottest smoky eye tips and trends…. And there’s so much to cover we’ll bring it to you across two posts.

While each country’s signature smoky eye has its own unique flare, we’ve found some recurring tips our makeup artists from across the globe swear by.


To create a smooth and even base and colour use Active Light Under-eye Concealer. Its unique ingredients create a soft-focus effect that conceals and brightens.

Next, prime for staying power. Use jane iredale’s Lid Primer or Eye Gloss as a base before adding shadow. This will stop your eye shadows from creasing and prevent colour change.


The key to show-stopping smoky eye is all in the blending. You can achieve a seamless finish by using the Crease Brush to blend colour effortlessly through the eye crease.


Add intensity and create a fuller darker lash bed by applying black Eye Pencil into the roots of the top and bottom lashes, then blend using the Mini Dome Brush, perfect for those hard to reach areas.

Line the top and bottom inner rim/water line with black Eye Pencil for that intense, sexy look. Use the Chisel Shader Brush to apply dark intense colour to the eyelid without any fall out. 


The most universally flattering makeup shade is black, add MYSTIKOL® Powdered Eyeliner/Highlighter in Onyx or Basic Black Eye Pencil to your existing day makeup, to dress your eyes up for a night out on the town. Every girl needs a little black dress and MYSTIKOL® Eyeliner in Onyx for your eyes is just that! Designed to create a smoky eye in seconds without any mess.

MYSTIKOL® Powdered Eyeliner/Highlighter provides a rich saturated colour. Use to line the eyes, or apply as an eye shadow that won’t fade, crease or smear.

Using the eyeliner, cover lid with the colour end and gently blend at the crease of the eye. Turn the MYSTIKOL®  pencil around to highlight the inner corners of the eye or brow bone for a soft, shimmery, highlighted look.


Smoky isn’t a colour, it’s a technique! Experiment with different tones. Apply Double Espresso PurePressed® Eye Shadow over eyelid and blend up towards the crease. Using the Crease Brush, sweep Red Carpet PurePressed®Eye Shadow through crease and merge the shades together. The result equates to nothing short of sexy. To add some dazzle to your smoky eye, press some 24-Karat Gold Dust Shimmer Powder onto the eyelid, concentrating on the inner corner to make the eye pop.


Enhance the eyes by using Jelly Jar™ Gel Eyeliner; it creates a smooth precise liquid liner effect, without the effort. Use it beneath your eye shadow for added drama and depth of colour. Swap your standard inky eye shadow colours for golds, copper and bronze tones! Try our new jane iredale PurePressed® Eye Shadow Triple in Golden Girl, a sure smoky combo set to make blue eyes stand out! Dress your lashes with two coats of jane iredale Longest Lash Mascara in Black Ice for full thick lashes. Concentrate on the roots of your lashes, that’s where the majority of the product should be placed.

We’ll be back with more ways to perfect the smoky eye in our second ‘Where There’s Smoke’ installment soon!

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