I'd have to say this is one of the most frequently asked questions I've seen on Yahoo Answers. It's pretty simple to do, so I figured I'd share it. This look can be interchanged with brown tones for a more subtle effect. Also, the general application rules are the same for practically all 3-4 color palettes: ALWAYS GO FROM LIGHTEST TO DARKEST!!!
HOW TO DO A BASIC SMOKY EYE
STEP 1; Line your lashline and waterline with black eyeliner. Extend the line slightly past the outer corner of your eyes. You can use liquid or pencil, whichever you prefer. Liquid will give a more accentuated look, but pencil will work with the "smokey" effect better.
STEP 2; Use a light shimmery color eyeshadow such as white, silver, gray, or some neutral color to highlight below the brow. Apply this over the entire eyelid as well.
STEP 3; Use a slightly darker color such as dark gray eyeshadow and apply it on your eyelid, slightly above the crease. Blend it in with the highlight color around the outer end of your eyelid.
STEP 4; Use an even darker color such as black eyeshadow and apply it to your eyelid, enough so that it will be above the crease, but below the color used in the previous step.
STEP 5; Blend this color with the other darker color, and sweep it slightly towards the highlight color. Make sure everything is blended well.
STEP 6; You might want to use the eyeliner again to line and define your eyes better.
*OPTIONAL; Fake eyelashes also add more effect.
I'm so disappointed that ZA has been discontinued here :( They had the greatest long lasting color palettes, for reasonable prices. This color to the left (104) was a great duo for doing a smoky eye type look. Again, SOOO disappointed. Anyway, for a little outlook on some of their other products: their foundation was very good-- it gave flawless coverage for... I think it was $8-12. I can't remember the actual price but I know it was around there. I didn't quite care for their oil blotters, or their nailpolish. I do have one of their face mask products but I don't use it too often. So I guess I'd have to say that the only products I'm really enthusiastic about is their eyeshadow and foundation. I can't stand the thought of using expensive makeup like MAC (atleast having to BUY it for myself... UGH). But I'd have to say their pigments are GREAT.
However, there's a couple drugstore brand eyeshadows that you can buy that offer the same great, vibrant color. I just shop around until I find what I want.
Here's what I use to do a smoky eye look... It's almost all drugstore chic (:
I circled the colors I used in yellow, and that's basically all you need to create a basic smoky eye! I didn't apply the foundation well (didn't care) but I used some of it. I reccommend EVERY DAY MINERALS products... they work very well for me and the coverage is great, not to mention for a pretty decent price: my usual purchases from them are around $30-40 for atleast 5+ products.
The 12 eyeshadow palette was a freebie from Seventeen magazine. Although the colors are not very pigmented, the charcoal gray worked well enough for me. It just shows what you can do with cheap stuff. You don't need to buy $30 makeup just for it to look good :P I bought the other eyeshadows, eyeliner, and falsies from Long's: LOW BUDGETS CAN WORK WONDERS!!!Again, you can see how my ZA eyeshadow palette is half empty :( boo hoo.