Tips for a Bold Smoky Eye

Bold Smoky Eye: Try Color

We've seen it on the red carpet on the more daring of starlets, notably Scarlett Johansson, who did it in shocking pink and fuchsia at the 2010 Tony Awards.

The smoky eye goes novel when you stray from brown and black. Experiment with color to see what works. Pinks, greens, purples and even blues in multiple shades can achieve a similar effect to the traditional smoky eye -- depth, drama, definition -- but with a bit more personality.

Not every color is going to work on everyone, and it's not the easiest tweak to pull off, since you can cross the line from bold to garish when working with bright colors. But if you do pull it off, it'll be a new you. Show up in a pink smoky eye, and you'll turn a head or two.

Other effects to try include metallics, shimmer, and, if you're that bold, tiny stick-on rhinestones in shades to match your shadow. Show up in a jeweled smoky eye and you'll turn every head in the room.

Boldly smoky ain't for wallflowers.

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  • How to Create a Bold Smokey Eye Look. Glamazons Blog. April 4, 2011. (May 1, 2012)
  • Muniz, Kat. "Friday Beauty Flash: Nighttime Smokey Eye." LC Radar: Beauty/Lifestyle. Sept. 16, 2011. (May 1, 2012)
  • Scarlett Johansson's Pink & Purple Smoky Eyes: Love Them? Beauty Style Watch. June 26, 2010. (May 1, 2012)