I felt like doing a makeup look without using any eyeliner, so I came up with this no liner smokey cat-eye look, using just three eyeshadow colors. I amped up the drama even more by adding a sharp inner wing, which really made the eyes pop.
As with any makeup look, blending is essential for a beautiful finish, especially when it comes to doing a black smokey eye, so just keep that in mind if you’re going to do this look.
1: Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette | 2: Urban Decay Medium Light Neutral Naked Skin Concealer | 3: Falsies Lashes Stacked! False Eyelashes | 4: Beauty Addicts Cosmetics Express Luscious Lips Lip Liner | 5: Beauty Addicts Cosmetics Seduce Luscious Lips Lip Liner | 6: Gerard Cosmetics Nude Lipstick | 7: NYX Perfect Mega Shine Lip Gloss
1: Lauren Luke Flat Eyeshadow Brush | 2: Sofi Cosmetics 350 Pointed Liner Brush | 3: Jennifer Leong Tapered Pencil Brush | 4: Makeup Madeup No. 6 Flat Eye Brush | 5: Bdellium Tools 772 Small Shader Brush
Step 1: Once the eyes are primed, take a flat eyeshadow brush and pat a matte nude eyeshadow across the entire lid.
Step 2: Use a pointed eyeliner brush and a matte black eyeshadow to draw a thin line along the upper lash line.
Tip: When working with a black eyeshadow (or any dark color), tap off the excess product on the brush prior to application to minimize fall-outs.
Step 3: Draw a sharp, upward diagonal line from the outer lash line — the higher you take the line, the more dramatic the wing is going to be.
Step 4: Create a wing by connecting the outer line to the rest of the lash line by drawing a slight triangle to join the two lines together.
Step 5: Use a tapered pencil brush to gently blend the black eyeshadow upwards — concentrate the blending on the outer wing to create the smokey effect.
Step 6: Take a flat eyeshadow brush and matte nude eyeshadow to diffuse the black color even more; touch-up the black eyeshadow if desired for more intensity.
Step 7: Clean up the outer wing by tracing a small amount of concealer underneath the wing to create a clean, crisp line.
Step 8: Pat a matte white eyeshadow onto the inner eye area with a small shader brush.
Step 9: With the matte black eyeshadow and pointed eyeliner brush, line the lower lash line, but avoid application on the inner corner.
Step 10: Smoke out the black eyeshadow with the tapered pencil brush.
Step 11: Deepen the lower lash line by applying on another layer of the black eyeshadow for more depth; then use the tip of the pointed eyeliner brush to carefully draw a thin diagonal line from the start of the inner lash line to just below the inner corner of the eye.
Tip: When drawing an inner wing, begin by lightly sketching out the line and shape of the wing first (mistakes will be easier to fix that way), then build up the coloration once the desired line is drawn.
Step 12: Apply on a coat of mascara to upper and lower lashes, then apply on a pair of false eyelashes to complete the eye look.
Here is the completed makeup look:
I paired this smokey cat-eye look with glossy nude lips.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and thank you for reading!