Tips for a Bold Smoky Eye

Bold Smoky Eye: Go Dark

The versatility of the smoky eye lies primarily in shade choices. Light browns, grays or taupes create the deep-set, sultry look without being overly loud; the darkest browns and blacks turn it up to an 11.

So, that's the first step in going bold: Choose eye shadow colors that are several shades darker than the ones you wear in the day. Espresso, black and charcoal are great ways to go. Still work to complement your skin tone, of course -- warm for warm, cool for cool -- just go with something deeper and more saturated than you usually apply.

The change in shade, then, can easily accommodate another dramatic twist ...

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