This seems to come up regularly and as an artist. When I am asked to give a smokey eye and I show people what a smokey eye IS, the conversation turns to "that is not the smokey eye I saw on Instagram". Let me set the record straight!
I will begin by telling you what a smokey eye IS! THIS is a smokey eye. It is, in all ways...smokey. No hard lines...everything is smoked out. This is why we call it smokey. If you ask me for a smokey eye, this is what you will get! The image on the right (cropped down from it's original form) is a makeup I did on a client for a feature in a book. Photography by Brandie Sunley. It is all blended out and smudged. A smokey eye can be done in ANY rich colour from green, to purple, to brown, to black! The key is the SMOKE. AKA BLENDING!
And now for what a smokey eye is NOT! This is NOT a smokey eye. This is a CUT CREASE. You will see this popular trending look all over Instagram and YouTube. A cut crease is actually originated from drag makeup! It is VERY defined with prominent, sharp lines and often many shades and colours. Though beautiful and eye catching when done correctly, it is not a smokey eye.
SO, if you go to see a makeup artist, be clear that what you see on social media is often not named or presented correctly. To be sure you are walking out with what you really want, be willing to have a conversation with a trained professional and TRUST what they are telling you. A certified makeup artist will know the difference between these 2 looks and be able to execute them both beautifully.
**black smokey eyes image and cut crease image not mine**