Whether they're dramatic and sexy or subtle and sweet, smoky eyes are a makeup classic that never go out of style. While black eyeliner and shades of gray are the traditional tools to create a smoky look, we've spotted plenty of other examples on the red carpet. Here are over 50 of our favorite celebrities wearing the smoky eye trend. Get inspired!
Kerry Washington was busy yesterday doing the promo circuit for the season three premiere of Scandal (which airs tonight on ABC), and at each event she changed up her beauty look. For her daytime engagement, Kerry attended The Paley Center She's Making Media event. "When I saw Kerry’s white dress, it was easy to see what I needed to do: sheer, fresh, and light," her makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Anderson explained. She used the coffee colors in the NARS Kalahari Duo Eye Shadow ($34) and a touch of Falbala Lipstick ($26) to achieve the barely-there makeup. Kerry's hair was flowing around her face in loose curls.
Of course, for her nighttime appearance at the Saks Fifth Avenue celebration, there was an added oomph to Kerry's style. Her curls were pulled up into an asymmetrical updo that showed off her cinnamon highlights, and the simple makeup palette from midday was converted into a sultry red carpet palette. “Kerry wanted a matte lip, and we balanced it by building on her look from earlier, creating a wide-eyed, true, smoky brown eye," Reiss-Anderson explains. She selected the Belle de Jour Matte Lipstick Pencil ($25) and mixed brown and blue eye shadows for her after-five eye makeup.
The Emmy Awards are tonight, but the stars have already kicked their celebrating into high gear. We've been seeing the biggest names in TV step out, to soirees that range from the Audi and Altuzarra party to Entertainment Weekly's pre-Emmy party. And the beauty looks have ranged from edgy to glamorous, and it gave us all the more reason to get excited for the award show this weekend. Just keep clicking!
Yesterday both Jamie Chung and Eva Mendes were spotted with blue eye makeup. For her daytime appearance, Jamie matched the teal shades in her dress with a touch of turquoise eyeliner on her lower lash line. On the other hand, Eva went for a full-on navy smoky eye look for her evening event. While both ladies took a different approach to wearing blue eye makeup for Fall, they balanced the colorful eye makeup with neutral lip shades and light blush. But we want to know which eye makeup will you be trying out this season?
Orange lipstick was one of the top trends at New York Fashion Week for Spring 2014, but Nicole Richie proves you can sport the tangerine lip color now. Last night at the Nordstrom Opening Gala, Nicole wore a Fall-toned ensemble that inspired her makeup palette. Her eyes were flecked with gold shadow, while her cheeks were warmed up with a bronze tone, and the pièce de résistance was her red-orange lipstick hue. The color was a touch deeper than the shades we saw on the Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, and Marissa Webb (pictured above) runways. Consider this Spring trend translated for the Fall months. Thanks, Nicole.
As a red carpet staple, Gwyneth Paltrow is known to stick to her signature beauty look: barely-there makeup and straight hair. At the premiere of Thanks For Sharing, she may have stuck with her typical hairstyle, but her makeup made us look twice. Was that red lipstick? Our eyes didn't believe it at first, but Gwyneth opted for a bright crimson hue, which paired beautifully with out-to-there lashes and a silvery shadow that rimmed her eyes. We absolutely love seeing Gwyneth step outside her comfort zone, but what do you think of her out-of-the-box lipstick choice?
This weekend at the Toronto Film Festival, Jennifer Aniston attended the premiere of Life of Crime wearing a stunning powder blue gown and matching eye makeup. "My inspiration for the makeup look always comes from the dress. Jennifer was wearing a beautiful grayish-teal Vivienne Westwood," makeup artist Leslie Lopez said. "I wanted her to look glamorous, healthy, and glowing, with a nude-pink lip color for naturally polished lips."
Lopez used Nars Transvaal Eye Paint ($25), which was the perfect match for her pastel gown. Her dark black eyeliner set off the pastel color, making this makeup look easy to transition from day to night. Jennifer's pale neutral lip shade, Biscayne Park Satin Lip Pencil ($25), was the right complement to her colored shadow, and it's a flattering shade that can blend with many different skin tones. So, next time you're stumped on which shade to wear to an evening soirée, take a cue from Jennifer and look to your closet.
What's the best way to celebrate the end of New York Fashion Week? With a celebration to honor Estée Lauder's latest fragrance: Modern Muse ($58-$98). Gorgeous gals, including Julianne Hough, Coco Rocha, and Joan Smalls, all showed face at the Guggenheim Museum for a night of cocktails and perfume. And the looks were absolutely breathtaking. Click through to see them all!
Last night, Reese Witherspoon stepped out for the screening of Devil's Knot at the Toronto International Film Festival, and her radiant makeup look was definitely something worth copying. Makeup artist Mai Quynh created the "modern, fresh and polished" look to complement her black and white Jason Wu gown.
After applying foundation, Quynh gave Reese a pop of peach color on her cheeks using the Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Praline ($24) topped with highlighter. Quynh lit up her eyes using the Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sand Glow ($24) all over her lids. She added a little definition with the Matte Eye Colour in Truffle ($23) along her top lash line and topped everything off with mascara. Finally, on her lips, Quynh complemented the coral cheeks with the Crème Lip Colour in Tangerine ($24). As Reese proves, the warm colors make it a great way to transition your makeup from Summer to Fall.
When you've got gorgeous eyes like Olivia Wilde, it's only natural that you'd want to show them off. And the actress found her own way to make her bright eyes pop using blue eye shadow. Olivia opted for a cyan-hued smoky eye look at the last two screenings of her new film, Drinking Buddies. For the Los Angeles premiere, she sported a smudged royal blue shadow with inky black liner, but the Brooklyn premiere saw her with a blend of turquoise and baby blue hues. Blue is an easy way to try out the colored shadow and liner trends, but do you like Olivia's look?