Smokey Eyes

Okay, confession time. Two years ago I had no idea how to do a great smokey eye. I mean, I’d seen all those tutorials in magazines and all that, but I had no idea. At this point in my life I also didn’t own any make-up brushes, and this look seemed like it needed a brush or two to make it work. To be honest, I knew very little about make-up two years ago. I couldn’t possibly attempt smokey eyes without ending up looking like a raccoon. This is how I thought I could do smokey eyes:

smokey eye makeup meme

Today, with the help of his amazing palette from Accessorize, I’ve got this whole smokey eye thing DOWN. Well, it doesn’t look as good as this when I do it, but I’m getting there. I didn’t actually purchase the palette below – I got it for free when Clicks was running a promotion, I bought eyeliner (I always buy the Accessorize kohl eye pencil) and some nail polish, and I got the palette for free. [You can buy the palette by itself, it’s R99 at the selected Clicks stores that stock Accessorize beauty products.]


This palette is perfect for smokey eyes, I mean it was MADE for it. I’ve never used the colour on the far left though, for some reason I only use the other three and now it’s just become a habit. I’ve had this palette for over a year, I use it at least once a week and I’ve still got tons left. It’s definitely going to last me a while. At R99 I think this is a bargain!


I love smokey eyes, and my favourite inspo for them are the Olsen twins. I’ve always thought that they have the absolutely perfect ratio of messy hair and smokey eyes, that I can just NEVER get right. Help. I mean just look at this PERFECTION. [I may or may not have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to the Olsen twins. Don’t judge.]

olsen twin makeup smokey eye

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, fool-proof smokey eye palette, this is the one for you. Trust me, this palette has done wonders for me and my make-up skills. Just don’t ever use the little applicator brush thing that comes with it – I learnt the hard way, it drops the eyeshadow ALL over your face and then you pretty much have to start putting on your make-up again from scratch! Here is my version of smokey eyes, definitely not as perfect as the above Olsen twin, but I tried:


Would love to hear what you think about smokey eyes. And the Olsen twins. Leave a comment or tweet us @smudgedbeauty. Even better, tweet us a photo of your favourite smokey eye, we wanna see!

Love, Olsen twins and raccoon eyes,




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