How to Create a Sexy & Dramatic Black Smokey Eye

TiTi's Corner
by TiTi's Corner

In this makeup tutorial, I’m going to be showing you how to make a dramatic black smokey eye. As well as the eye makeup, I’ll talk you through all the face makeup I’ll be applying as well. If you’re ready for some intense eye makeup, keep reading.

Tools and materials:

  • Moisturizer
  • Liquid highlighter
  • Makeup primer
  • Foundation
  • Makeup brushes
  • Beauty blender
  • Concealer
  • Cream contour
  • Finishing powder
  • Gel eyeliner
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Eyeshadow
  • False lashes
  • Bronzer
  • Blush
  • Lipstick
  • Lipliner
Applying moisturizer

1. Moisturizer

As always, we’re going to start with a moisturizer. Make sure that you use a moisturizer that works for your skin type; I have oily skin, but if you have dry skin, you will likely be using a different moisturizer than the one I am.

Applying liquid highlighter

2. Highlighter

Next, take some liquid highlighter. This is like liquid gold, it's super sparkly, and when you apply it underneath your foundation, you get a lit from within sort of look.

Spraying primer on the face

3. Primer

Then go ahead and spray some prime and set mist.

Applying foundation to the face

4. Foundation

Next, apply some foundation. I’m using one that is super duper pigmented, it's a very high to full coverage foundation because a smoky eye looks really good when your base is flawless, and with this foundation, you don't need a lot; a little bit goes a long way.


It also dries up pretty quickly, so I spread the product out with a brush first and then immediately go in with a damp beauty blender and pat the product into my skin. It gives my skin the most beautiful flawless-looking finish.

Applying concealer

5. Concealer

The next step is to apply some concealer to highlight under the eyes, the bridge of your nose, the center of the forehead, and the center of the chin. Go ahead and pat it out with a beauty blender.


I felt like I needed some highlight on the bridge of my nose, so I went in with more concealer. Also, use the same concealer to prime your eyelids as well.

How to contour

6. Contour

Now apply some cream contour on the hollows of your cheeks and also on your forehead. Then with a flat contour brush, very roughly blend the product out first with the brush and then again go in with the beauty blender and blend out the edges. You want the edges between the contour and the highlight to look seamless.


For my nose, instead of going in directly with the contour product, I like to take it on a brush and then go ahead and contour my nose. You want to be very careful not to go overboard while doing this.

Setting makeup with finishing powder

7. Finishing powder

Take some finishing powder and firstly dust it gently all over to set your face. Then take a sponge and bake your under-eye area as well as the center of your forehead to give you a nice smooth, long-lasting effect.

How to do intense eye makeup

8. Eye makeup

Moving on to the eyes, since we want that super intense look, go in with your gel eyeliner first and create a rounded shape on your eyelids. You don't want to take it too high because you want to leave some space to blend out these shadows.


Then you want to go ahead and set the eyeliner with some black eyeshadow powder, and it instantly gives that intense jet black look. 

How to do a dramatic black smokey eye

Now go ahead and blend out the edges of that black eyeshadow, and I’m using a dark reddish brown shade to do that. I'm nicely packing it onto the edge of the black eyeshadow with a very small brush and smudging that line out. 

Blending out the smokey eye

To make everything look soft and smoky, go in with a lighter brown shade and blend the edge of the red eyeshadow that we just applied. That is how we're going to get that nice gradient effect.

Filling in brows

9. Brows

Next, we’re using a cream-based eyebrow pencil because when the eyes are very dramatic, you want your brows also to be dramatic and defined. 

Applying eyeliner

10. Eyeliner 

Tight line both your upper as well as lower water line and smudge the lower water line out with a flat brush. Then give that smokey effect by taking some of the reddish brown eyeshadow and smudging out the black further. Tightlining the eyes makes such a huge difference as it really intensifies the look.

Adding false lashes

11. Lashes

To complete the eye makeup look, go in with some false lashes. 

Applying highlighter to the inner corners

12. Highlighter 

Then highlight the inner corners of your eyes. 

Setting cream contour with bronzer

13. Bronzer

Next, set the cream contour with some bronzer.

Applying blush to the high points of the face

14. Blush

Take a soft blush and apply that to all the high points of your face.

Smokey eye and nude lip

15. Lips

The next thing you want to remember while doing very intense smoky eyes is to keep your lips as neutral as possible because you want the entire focus to be on your eyes. So take a very nude shade of lipstick and apply it.


Then add some definition to the lips by adding a darker brown lip liner around the edges of my lips. Finally, go ahead and set all f your makeup in place.

Dramatic black smokey eye

Dramatic black smokey eye tutorial

Here is the final intense smokey eye look. I have smoky eyes with a flawless base and nude lips, and I think it looks gorgeous. I hope you enjoyed this makeup tutorial and love the look as much as I do!

Dramatic black smokey eye tutorial

Products used:

  • Belif Aqua Bomb moisturiser 
  • Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter 
  • Pac Cosmetics Prime & Set spray
  • Huda Beauty Faux Filter foundation in Amaretti
  • Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Sand
  • LA Girl pro concealer in Beautiful Bronze
  • Huda Beauty Easy Bake lose powder in Banana Bread
  • Nyx Cosmetics gel liner
  • Huda Beauty Rose Gold eyeshadow palette 
  • Chambor Geneva Sculpting Eyeshadow stick in Black
  • Huda Beauty Lashes in Samantha
  • Laura Geller Highlighter in Peach Glow
  • Benefit Cosmetics Hoola bronzer
  • Benefit Cosmetics Rockateur blush
  • Nyx Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cape Town
  • Kiko Milano Lip liner in 304

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