It's a great way to help your eyes standout between all of the flashing camera lights, but getting smoky eyes just right can be tricky. First decide which shadow colors will be a fit. Khush Singh, a celebrity makeup artist recommends using heavy brown shades for a subtler look or blacks and grays for a sexier one.
After you've figured out your palette, prep the lid with a nude shadow and line the upper lid with a pencil (if you're more of a pro, use cream shadow and liquid liner). Smudge and blend the pencil into the lid and "set the entire lid with a cocoa-hued shadow," she says. "Blending is super important -- the trick is not to show where it begins and ends," she says.
Add the finishing touches by using a bit more liner. "I use the same black liquid liner to outline the top and bottom of the lid from the inside for a black kohl effect. I then apply the eye showdown again with a pencil brush under the lower eyelids to elongate the eyes," says Singh.
For more drama, Singh suggests using a "darker eye shadow and using a slant brush to blend over the original eye shadow on the lower lash line."
And don't forget to finish the eyebrows with a liner or shadow for a more pulled together look.