How To: Smudged Eyeshadow Tutorial

posted on November 4, 2014 | by Amanda Holstein

How To: Smudged Eyeshadow Tutorial

While I’ve always relied on the smokey eye for a bold beauty look, sometimes it can be a little over the top. If you’re looking for eye makeup that’s not too dramatic, yet not too simple, I find the smudged eyeshadow look is that perfect balance. You can try it with bright colors or deep metallics for a more intense look, or use matte neutrals for a tamer option. I’m particularly a fan of this more subtle smudged eyeshadow look on Elizabeth Olsen. It’s soft, feminine, and really brings out her green eyes.

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 Thanks to AOL Stylelist, I was able to create a video tutorial to show you just how to achieve this smudged eyeshadow look. Check out the quick tutorial below and follow these simple steps.

Beauty Guide: Smudged Eyeshadow

Step 1: Start by putting a medium tone shadow all across your lid. I’m using a copper color in this look and a fluffy eyeshadow brush.

Step 2: Use an angled brush and the same eyeshadow and apply it under your bottom lash line. Smudge with your finger or a Q-tip.

Step 3: Dip an angled brush into just at ouch of water and then into a dark eyeshadow, like charcoal, black, or dark brown, and apply it as eyeliner above your top lash line.

Step 4: Add mascara and you’re done!