How to Do a Smokey Eye With Nude Lips

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Smoldering, smoky eyes and nude lips are the makeup equivalent of the black stiletto; they go with everything. A timeless way to instantly up the sex appeal of any outfit, the sultry beauty trick can add edge to jeans and a t-shirt and elegance to an evening gown. Though doing the look yourself may seem intimidating at first, the trademark style actually lends itself to makeup rookies.

Step 1

Pat cream concealer over your eyelids to even out your skin and create a smooth surface to hold the eye shadow. Apply concealer under your eyes as well to hide dark circles.

Step 2

Line your upper lash line with a black eye liner pencil, then dot the spaces between your bottom eyelashes with the same eyeliner. Smudge the liner with your finger or a cotton swab.

Step 3

Brush the medium-toned shadow of your palette onto your eyelid and into the crease of your eye socket.

Step 4

Highlight your brow bone by sweeping a shadow 1 to 2 shades lighter than your eyelid shadow along the crease of your eyelid.

Step 5

Brush a light, pearly white shade onto the corners of your eyes to open them up, and under your lower lashes to further hide dark circles.

Step 6

Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler, then apply two coats of black mascara to the eyelashes. This finishes the eyes.

Step 7

Exfoliate your lips with a gentle lip scrub and wash cloth to eliminate any dead skin. This will ensure no flakes peek through your lip color.

Step 8

Once smooth, line your lips in a lip liner that is the same shade as your natural lip color. If you are using a lip gloss rather than a lip stick, pat a light layer of foundation over your lips to help the color stay put.

Step 9

Finally, sweep on a nude shade of lip gloss or lipstick that compliments your skin tone.