How to Create the Perfect Reverse Smokey Eye

The Reverse Smokey Eye

This is a super quick and simple look to achieve and is perfect for those who may struggle with creating a regular smokey eye due to having a smaller lid spaces (for example, those with monolids or hooded eyes). This reverse smokey eye look is super unique and edgy as it is all about creating the look on your lower lid rather than upper lid! This makeup look is all about focusing on the eyes, so keep the rest of your face makeup simple so your eyes will steal the show! Follow our six step guide that will help you to create a look everyone will fall in love with.

Step One: Apply a Light Eye Shadow Shade

Start by applying a lighter shade to your upper lid, this will balance things out when you have applied the smokey shades to your lower lid. Select shades such as silvers or shimmery shades, just make sure it is not a shade that will distract from the work you have put into your lower lid!

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Step Two: Line your Lower Lid

This works best using a pencil eyeliner, we suggest you use a liner that is labelled as ‘creamy’ since this will be much easier to work with. If you are wanting to create a super dramatic smokey eye use a ultra-black or black eyeliner shade, if you are looking for a more subtle finish use a brown or charcoal shade. Apply the liner along your lower lash line as well as your water line for ultimate smokiness.

Step Three: Blend it Out

To blend out your liner either use a smudging brush, a blending brush or even your finger! Carefully and gradually blend out the liner making sure you don’t overdo it as this can affect the outcome of the look. If you feel you want it to look more dramatic, go ahead and pop on some more pencil liner and blend out again!

Step Four: Smoke It Out                           

Now it’s time to apply the eyeshadow! If you are opting for a full glam look, select ultra-blacks, blacks, greys or charcoal shades. If you want something less dramatic, brown shades work extremely well to create a more natural smokey eye. Apply the shade to your lower lid and blend out until you are happy with the result. Next it is time for the final touches!

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Step Five: Mascara

Step One: Choose the Best Formula for You

There is no ‘best’ mascara, of course there are good and bad ones but it’s all about what works best for you and gives the best results. Before purchasing a mascara, decide whether you want waterproof or regular as well as the colour; ultra-black, black or brown, if you’re feeling adventurous why not try a coloured one. The colour you decide on depends on the look you’re going for, ultra-black is the most impactful and dramatic, whilst a brown will give you the benefits of mascara but will keep things looking more natural. You should also keep in mind and ask yourself the question of ‘what do I want from my mascara?’ If you are looking to lengthen your lashes then opt for a lengthening mascara. There are plenty of options such as volume, lengthening, long lasting, 24 hour etc. A top tip is to check the wand the mascara comes in, different wand types will give you different results; a thicker wand will give you more volume whilst a thinner wand will give you more length.


Step Two: Wipe Off the Excess Mascara before Applying

Be sure the wipe any excess mascara off the brush before applying. If you don’t do this then you run the risk of clumpy lashes. However, for some this is the look they are going for so stack up them layers!


Step Three: Apply Mascara to the Lash Root

When it comes to application you want to make the most out of the mascara. It’s always best to start working from the root and towards the end of your lashes. By applying mascara to the root, this gives the appearance of fuller, thicker lashes! Keep repeating this step until you are happy with the amount of volume you’ve achieved. You can also use this method on your bottom eyelashes.


Step Four: The “Out-Up-In” Method

This method makes sure your lashes don’t all clump together and ensures they are more spaced out like your own lashes are. To use the ‘out-up-in’ method start at the outer corner of you eye, apply the mascara at an angle. This will pull the eyelashes up and out helping them appearing much longer. Next, move to the centre of your eye and pull the lashes up and move onto the lashes in your inner corner and pull them in. If you feel you need to be more precise in the inner corner then why not use the tip of the mascara wand?


Step Five: Apply Mascara to Your Bottom Lashes

Use the same technique as you did on your upper lashes, but this time on your bottom lashes. We recommend you use a thinner mascara wand for this as it will help you be more precise and prevent you from getting on your under eye. If you find this hard to do without getting mascara everywhere apply some cello tape underneath your eye or hold a piece of card there. This will prevent mascara getting on your skin and will go on the cello tape or card instead.

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Step Six: False Eyelashes

Like with any makeup look, no smokey eye is complete without a pair of your favourite pair of false eyelashes! We recommend the Luxury 3D Mink or Faux Mink (vegan) false eyelashes as there is a style for everyone ranging from natural styles to full glam! It’s always a good idea to apply mascara to your eyelashes before applying falsies, this is ensure that your real lashes will blend seamlessly with your false eyelashes.

We have a wide range of different styles and materials to make sure we can match everyone’s lash needs!
Luxury 3D Mink Lashes – can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Luxury 3D Faux Mink Lashes – vegan and can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Luxury 3D Faux Mink Multi Packs – vegan, three pairs of lashes and can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Synthetic Lashes – vegan and can be worn up to 20 wears if looked after.
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