I love this tutorial for that:
Makeup How-To: Subtle Smoky Eye
For the nights you don't want to go full-on gunmetal.
Tools you'll need:
- White powder eye shadow
- White cream eye shadow
- Brownish-gray powder eye shadow
- Black liquid eyeliner
- Black pencil eyeliner
1. Prime. Prep your eyes with a silicone-based primer, so the look you create doesn't budge while you're out and about. Model Chantal Jones used Urban Decay Primer Potion here.
2. Sweep a white powder shadow over your eyelid. Using a wide shadow brush, apply a white powder shadow from your lashline to directly underneath your brow bone. Chantal used MAC Eye Shadow in "Gesso."
3. Create an ombrè effect at the inner corner of your eyes with a white cream shadow. With a flat synthetic shadow brush, bump up the intensity of the white shade at the inner "V" of your eyes, from lashline to crease, to the halfway point on your eyelid. Chantal used Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream shadow in "Snow."
4. Add some smoke with a brownish-gray shadow. Using a regular eye shadow brush, blend the dark shadow at the outer corner of your eye only, making sure to diffuse it so it isn't too intense. Then, dust the same shade along your lower lashline two-thirds of the way in from the outer corner of your eye. Chantal used MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in "Embark."
5. Wing it out. Line your top lashline with black gel liner and slightly wing it out at the outer corner of your eye. Chantal used Lorac PRO Cream Eyeliner in "Black" here.
6. Line the upper and lower inner rim of your eyes with black eye pencil. Chantal used L'Oréal Paris Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in "Black."
Finally, coat your top and bottom lashes with mascara and swipe on a nude lip color. Voilà, your very own subtle smoky eye to pin, tweet, and Instagram!