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A smoky eye is one of most requested looks for makeup artists. Here are some tips to make your’s a success for the holidays like Jenny’s.

A classic smoky look isn’t right for everyone. It works great for average and prominent eyes but not so great for deep-set. If you have deep-set eyes, focus on smoking out your lower lash line only. If you darken your lid or do a thick smudged liner on your top lash line, you will make your eyes look more deep set.

A classic smoky look is all about not doing defined lines and contours, it should be undefined, smoky lines.

After prepping eyes with primer/concealer, start by lining your eyes in a dark color like black, grey or brown. Now smudge. Go over that liner with an eyeshadow of the same color. Grab another eyeshadow that’s less dark and go up to the crease.

Basically you are layering colors from darkest to lightest, starting with the darkest at your lash line. You can also do this with your lower lashes and adjust it for as thick as you want. Thinner on lower lashes works best for day but the thicker and smudgier, the better for night.

The piece de la resistance is lining your waterline in black. It really pulls the look together. Use pencil if you wear contacts and gel if you don’t. The gel will end up making a black streak across your contacts if you use it.

Products used on Jenny McCarthy:

Stila smudgepot
Debra Macki black eye pencil
Smashbox Aperture Photo Op Shadow Trio
Debra Macki Naked Eyeshadow
Benefit Brow Zings
Smashbox Full Exposure black mascara

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Mehron HD foundation
Benefit Ooh La Lift concealer
Too Faced Full Bloom Ultra Flush Blush in Who’s Your Poppy.
Debra Macki translucent powder #2

Debra Macki Juicy lipgloss

Jenny McCarthy for YBI Magazine
Photo: Brian Doherty
Makeup: Debra Macki
Hair: Kerrie Urban
Styling: Liz & Crys