How to Do a Smokey Eye With Nude Lips

by Virginia Pond

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Items you will need

  • Concealer
  • Black eye liner pencil
  • Multitonal eye shadow palette (See Reference 1, Slide 1)
  • Eye shadow brush
  • Black mascara


  • The eyeshadow palette should contain at least two different shades of the same color, and one pearly highlighting shadow. The best tones to create a smoky eye are typically brown and gray, as well as metallic tones like copper, gold, and silver

About the Author

Virginia Pond is a Chicago-based writer. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Indiana University.

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