InStyle: How to do a Daytime Smoky Eye

“There’s something to be said about a perfectly-blended, smoky eye. Next to a statement lip, a sexy, smoldering shadow adds an instant edge to an otherwise minimal makeup look. It’s also super versatile and able to flatter every eye shape and skin tone. Though we love the classic black and gray color scheme, the effect can be toned down for daytime wear by subbing in brown and taupe shades. We teamed up with Eyeko cosmetics founder Nina Leykind to find out how to get the look exactly right, and rather than breaking out a spread of shadow palettes and blending brushes, Leykind showed us a shortcut using two of the brand’s Me and My Shadow sticks ($19 each; in the Taupe and Chocolate shades. Who knew getting the perfect smoky eye could be so easy? Keep reading to see our step-by-step GIF guide to creating the look on yourself.”

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