Summer is the season for dressing in sexy clothes and wearing sexy makeup! While we love the natural beach-babe makeup look for summer, we also adore soft smokey eyes to spice things up at night. We think a smokey eye is wearable all year — it just depends on how you wear it. We’ve picked out the perfect necessities you will need to achieve seductive, summer smokey eyes!
Summer weather can be tricky, so you are definitely thinking: “why do I bother with eye makeup when it melts off after five minutes being in the sun?” Well, this is when we tell you the perfect products that will not make you look like a panda in the summer heat. From eye shadows to eyeliners to mascaras, we’ve got everything picked out for you — SHOP below!
Makeup: How To Get Smokey Eyes — One Dark Color Is Enough
When we talk about smokey eyes for summer, we are not talking about a night-club-only look with intense, dark colors. To achieve a seductive yet not “too much” look, pair a soft shimmer or matte shadow with a neutral dark color in the crease.
We love The Adorable Shadow Palette by NYX, which has 6 pigment-packed eye shadows that were hand selected to work together in one easy-to-use palette. It can create a variety of looks that rock the night –from shimmering nude and natural to smokey brown. Use a soft, light color all over the lids, and then define the crease with just a tad bit of one of the darker shades.
Speaking of eye shadows, we cannot forget to mention the Flower Eyes On The Prize Eyeshadow Chubby, a creamy, blendable, and luxurious crème eye shadow in a convenient, self-sharpening chubby! It is smooth and lightweight, with a buildable veil of eye-popping color! We love that you could just use your fingers to blend the product for a perfect, soft smokey look. It’s always a plus when you don’t need tools to touch up when you are out and about!
A Good Melt-Proof Eyeliner Is Key
Eyeliner is often one of the biggest reasons that girls end up looking like pandas during the day. In order to look flawless every minute, we must have an eyeliner that can endure the battle with heat and humidity. The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is one of our favorites! It has the magical ability to be smudgeable and smudge-free at the same time! It is great for tight-lining the inner lash line without running down all over to the bottom lash line. However, it’s also super blendable when you apply it on top of your lids. It’s so blendable that you could create a perfect smokey eye with just this eyeliner and a brush!
If you are looking for something that is absolutely not blendable or smudgeable, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Covet Waterproof Eyeliner will leave you amazed! Covet Waterproof Eyeliner applies silky, smudge-proof color anywhere your heart desires, even inside the waterline. It can create anything from perfectly precise cat eyes to avant-garde designs that go anywhere your imagination can take you!
Mascara That Creates Long & Full Lashes
What is a seductive eye look without beautiful, flirty lashes? Mascara is an absolute must to complete a sexy smokey eye. In case you think it’s too risky to have coats and coats of mascara on in this summer heat, we can promise you that we picked out the right products that will not melt! The Tarte Limited-Edition Lights, Cameras, Splashes 4-in-1 Mascara could be considered a push-up bra for your lashes — a 4-in-1 (lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning) — plus it’s dermatologist-tested and clinically-proven to increase the appearance of lash volume after applying, giving dramatic, thick and sexy lashes and guaranteed to stay put through rain, sweat or tears.
In case you are on a tight budget this summer, we have a very affordable mascara for you! The Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara comes in regular and waterproof. Both formulas create a bold, wide-eyed false lash look. The exclusive hour-glass brush is shaped to mimic the lash line to plump lashes, fanning them up and out for bold, wide-eyed volume.
SHOP all our favorites in the gallery attached.
Now that we’ve revealed all of our summer favorites for a smokey eye, which ones are your favorites, HollywoodLifers?
— Wendy Niu