Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette: Black Smokey Eye

A smokey eye is bold, certainly not subtle. Before I learned how to do this look, I was so intimidated by it. But then I started playing around with it and realized how simple it was. I used the Kat Von D palette because honestly I am obsessed with it and just can’t use anything else at the moment. So let’s break this down.


Spoiler: Smokey eyes are all about blending. 


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For a look like this, you might want to wait and do your face after in case of fall out. I usually fill my brows in, to serve as a guide as how far out to go with the blending.

Using both shadows labeled 1, apply this to your crease with a fluffy brush. This is going to help you blend out the black, but also serve as a transition color.

DSC_0946Ok, now the fun part. Take a black pencil liner and outline your lid. Create the outer V and draw in to the inner corner of your lid. Don’t worry if this in done sloppily, you are going to blend this out in the next few steps. Right now we are applying the pencil for a guide.


Fill this in with the pencil.

DSC_0957Using a fluffy brush, soften the edge of the pencil and blend this out a little.DSC_0963 Picking up black shadow (2) on any shadow brush, place this all over your lid.

DSC_0965Once you have the color packed on, turn your brush sideways and start to use windshield wiper motions to start working out the line of the black.

DSC_0968 Now pick up more black and use the fluffy brush. Blend, blend, blend. You shouldn’t see any harsh lines here.

DSC_0979Just blend and it will happen.

DSC_0980 DSC_0981Apply your brow highlight, I used a matte yellow color (4).

DSC_0985Top lid is done!

DSC_0983Time for the bottom lid. You can go as low as you want here. Take the black liner and apply to bottom lash line.

DSC_0992You guessed it, blend it out! Take that fluffy brush and smoke out the lash line.

DSC_1001 Using the liner, apply this to your lash liner and water line.


DSC_1024That’s it!DSC_1013After you have blown your eye out to your liking, clean up (sweep away with a big powder brush or use makeup remover) to get rid of fall out. Then, apply your face and boom. Ready to go.

 You could do this same look with dark brown, gray, purple, anything. The basic technique for a bold, blown out smoky eye is the same. You’ll just need a crease color and your base. If you have green eyes like me, imagine how your eyes would pop if you did a bold warm brown smokey eye. PHEW! Call the fire department.

IMG_7929 And the best thing about a look like this is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. You’re just adding color and blending it out.

 Do you have a different smoky eye technique?

Until next time, plant nothing but love.


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