Go bold, or go home. If you’re going to try a smokey eye, put down that boring black shadow, and take a look at these colorful smokey eyes. While the thought of using a bright colored lipstick, may make your hands quiver more than when you apply eyeliner, it is worth switching up that tried-and-true neutral smokey eye from time-to-time. A bit of color isn’t that scary, I promise. And unlike sooty black, bright colors don’t make it look like you have two black eyes, when you overdo the shading.
Here are 15 colorful smokey eye hacks that will make you forget that you even own a black eyeshadow:
Before you even pick up that eyeshadow brush, you need to know the correct places to apply the color, otherwise you could end up looking like you have a weird eye infection.
If asking you to not use your favorite neutral shadow, is like asking you to not watch the new season of Orange Is The New Black (read: impossible), I understand. Here’s how to slowly incorporate color with a lighter neutral shadow.
Here’s another one for you, if you want something that doesn’t scream: “COLOR!!!” The blue shadow with a touch of turquoise near the inner corner is a great stepping stone for building up your color threshold.
If you think pink and purple can only be sweet, this vibrant eye is anything but cutesy. The thick cat eye makes it even more badass.
If you fancy a bit of color, but are looking for something subdued, this soft green smokey eye is a more exciting alternative to taupe. You can even get away with it during the day, without your co-workers saying some snide remarks about your makeup.
Mixing pink and yellow shadow could be a recipe for looking like you caught a nasty eye fungus, but when you choose soft metallic shades, it isn’t that much of a change from a metallic brown smokey eye.
If you’re looking for something a bit girly that isn’t pink, this lilac and purple smokey eye should fulfill the feminine quota.
To tone down an electric shot of colored shadow, blend it with deeper tones and a dusting of black. See, I let you use the inky shade somewhere!
I’m pretty sure that if Ariel from The Little Mermaid had worn eyeshadow, it would look something like this. This is one easy way to define your eyes if you’re a redhead.
There’s something about this muted turquoise and pink eyeshadow combination that reminds me of a watercolor painting. Luckily you don’t need the skills of a master painter to pull this off.
12. Fire Smokey Eye
Red eyeshadow is intimidating. Let’s face it, red lipstick is scary for most of us. This color combination isn’t for the faint of heart, but it have the guts, channel The Hunger Games and go for it.
A blue smokey eye looks awesome on its own, but when you add purple shadow, it looks that much cooler.
This blue and green smokey eye looks amazing on dark eyes. If you’re in the mood for even more color, you can even pair it with green and blue mermaid hair, though that may be a bit too much.
Forget about just using one or two colors, and go for every color under the rainbow. If you can’t get enough of multi-colored makeup, here are some other great ideas.