We’re not ready to say goodbye to our favorite smoky eye just because it’s summer. Follow our guide to summerizing the smoky eye and you can keep smoldering in this go-to going out look all summer long — without looking like a melting panda.
Avoid Intense Colors
The all-black smoky eye is great for creating drama, but feels way too heavy for summer. Trade out your blacks and grays for warmer, more season-appropriate colors like chocolate brown, navy blue or eggplant for the dark tones and bronze, champagne or mauve for the highlights. At the CFDA Awards, Joan Smalls' eyes dazzled in a haze of toasted brown shades.
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Jaime King's Burgundy Summer Smoky Eye
Jaime King's burgundy smoky eye at the Young Friends of ACRIA event is perfect for summer — the look has just enough warmth without overheating.
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Rose Byrne's Blue-Gray Summer Smoky Eye
We were wowed by Rose Byrne's deep blue-gray smoky eye at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. Her denim hues are a perfectly approachable way to play with color this season, especially for brown-eyed beauties.
Ashley Olsen's Bronze Summer Smoky Eye
A halo of copper eyeshadow is the easiest way to bronzed goddess status this summer. Ashley Olsen did the summer smoky eye in a radiant bronze at the CFDA Awards —a color choice that really makes blue and green eyes pop.
Create a Smokescreen with Buildable Color and Waterproof Base
Look for an eye makeup palette with buildable color in varying shades. Apply a veil of neutral, matte color all over the lid and add depth by blending the darker shade into the crease and outer corners of the eyes. Give your eyes an extra summery glow with a gleam of shimmer on the center of the lid. Don't forget to prep the eyelids with a waterproof base to keep everything locked down and melt-free.
Your secret weapon against heat and humidity is a smudge-free, waterproof eyeliner. For summer, a deep brown feels much fresher than the classic black. For a lusher effect, try to get the eyeliner as close to the roots of your lashes as possible. Then use an eyeliner brush to smudge it into a haze above and below the eyes. Finally, coat the lashes with mascara — waterproof, of course — on the top and bottom to open and brighten the eyes.
Ellen Freeman has been contributing to the Fashion Spot since 2010. Since graduating with a degree in comparative literature from Haverford College, her celebrity fashion, wellness, arts and travel writing has appeared in publications including the Matador Network and Philadelphia Weekly. Also a certified yoga instructor, Ellen currently lives in the Japanese countryside—but misses thrift store spelunking in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.