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Crave Color? A Smoky Eye Look with Multiple Shades


Scarlett Johansson shows off her magenta smoky eyes that match her magenta dress at the 2011 Academy Awards.
Scarlett Johansson shows off her magenta smoky eyes that match her magenta dress at the 2011 Academy Awards.
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There's just something about that smoky-eyed look. A few simple strokes of a dark-hued shadow takes a low-key look and makes it sexy, turning a simple style into something mysterious and, most importantly, bringing the focus right to your eyes.

Most people who rock the smoky eye look opt for shades of gray, brown, or black. But that doesn't mean this look can't work with a bold color to reflect your own taste (or match your hot new outfit). Actresses Hayden Panettiere and Scarlett Johansson have been spotted on the red carpet with smoky, purple-rimmed eyes, and songstress Taylor Swift sported green metallic smoky eyes in the video for "Our Song."

Singer Taylor Momsen, known for her dramatic black-rimmed eyes, once told Interview Magazine that she was a fan of red eye makeup. And what about blue? Actresses Camilla Belle and Anna Kendrick have both been photographed using blue shades to add drama to their lids. Clearly there's something to this trend.

Taking a tried-and-true makeup technique like the smoky eye and adding a daring color is sure to turn some heads. Keep reading to find out how to make this look work, from choosing the right colors to blending them in just the right way.


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