When we think of iconic beauty looks that have been deemed “classic,” we often think immediately of Old Hollywood glamour, like the infamous cat eye that Audrey Hepburn wore so elegantly, or a bold red lip that Marilyn Monroe owned with perfection. These looks are still prevalent today, and if I had to name a current trend that I think will become classic, I’d have to say it’s the smokey eye. One of the best things about makeup is that it allows you to make small adjustments to invent a whole new take on something that’s been done well over and over, giving it a new breath of life — hence the reverse smokey eye is born. Check out how you can achieve this super sweet and simple look in three steps! Five minutes never looked so good ;)

The Reverse Smokey Eye

Step 1 – Smudge on Lower Liner: Use a deep black smudgy eyeliner like Dior Longwear Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Trinidad Black ($29) to apply liner from slightly beyond the outside corners of your eyes to around three quarters of the way in, toward your inside corners. This step can be slightly messy — don’t worry about the perfect lines, because you’re going to blend it in next. To do this, grab a small, firm shadow brush and gently tap over the liner to create that smoldering effect.

Step 2 – Tap Shadow Over Liner: Now grab either a black or charcoal eye shadow to tap over the liner.

Step 3 – Blend, Smudge + Smoke Out: The trick to blending this look is to blend the shadow slightly outside the liner so you can soften any lines. Use small tapping motions and subtle movements to keep the shadow from wiping away.

Finishing Touches – Add Mascara: You can either curl your eyelashes first or go straight to your mascara. Apply to your upper and lower lashes!


This look is so subtle, beautiful and universal that you can wear it on a hot summer day or on your next big date night, and even to the office. Get creative and try this look with colored pigment or even shades of brown for a softer, more neutral look.

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