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Everyone wants to achieve this seductive look without looking like a scene out of the Chrianna escapade!

The Smokey eye is the hardest technique to achieve in the make up world for more reasons than one. You may have the right colors but not the right application techniques or vice versa, either way you’re a hot mess.  Check out what tools you need and these 7 easy steps in creating the perfect Smokey eye!

(From beauty.about.com)

What You need:

* Eye primer (you don’t need it, but it’s great for keeping shadow in place)

* 2 Shadows: One light, one darker

* Eyeliner

* Makeup brushes

* Mascara

Follow these seven easy steps:

1. Prep the lid. To do this start with an eye shadow base (also called “primer”).

2.  Apply eyeliner. If you’re going for a typical black, brown or gray smoky eye, apply liner in one of those colors above the upper lash line, drawing line thicker in the middle of eye. If your opting for a jewel-toned eye (violet makes a gorgeous smoky eye), line eyes with a purple, blue or deep green liner.

3. Blend in color on bottom lashes For color on the bottom (a key smoky eye look) you’ll want a lighter eyeliner. The key is to “smudge it.” You can also apply a bit of shadow to get full smudge effect.

4. Apply light base color Again, the key to a smoky eye is pairing a lighter base with the darker hue. I prefer a nice cream shade for my base. Sweep a light, shimmery shadow over the lids to your brow bone.

5. Blend in darker color, but keep dark color below the crease. Now that you have the base and eyeliner on, it’s time to get the smoky effect. You need a darker eye shadow shade. Using an eye shadow brush blend in color starting at your lash line, blending up. Make sure to blend color into the lash line so the eyeliner disappears. Stop deep color at crease.

6. Double-check your work! Make sure your eyes match and blend color with a Q-tip if need be.

7. Finish with several coats of volumizing mascara.

Well Ladies and some Gents (wink, wink) try not to look like a raccoon in your quest for mysterious eye makeup!

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