Looking for a jet-black smokey eye that’s more Saint Laurent than Christian Dior? We’ve got it right here in this makeup tutorial featuring the lovely Lisa Eldridge.
Ever wondered how Egyptians lined their eyes? Or what women in India and the Middle East use to get that perfect, smudgy black eyeliner? The answer is kohl.
Even with the many jet-black eyeliners on the market, it’s hard to let go of kohl. It’s more than just makeup, people; we feel a spiritual connection with kohl that liquid and gel just can’t give us. For us, kohl symbolizes more than just perfect-looking eye makeup, it symbolizes the history of makeup.
Today, our featured makeup tutorial will teach you how to do the ultimate smokey eye using kohl. While this smokey eye is more rock and roll than sophisticated chic, it’s a fun look we’re sure you’ll love trying.
First mix your kohl powder with castor oil. After doing this, use a thick stick as an applicator and apply on your waterline the same way you would apply normal eyeliner.
Also apply it on the upper lash line and inner waterline.
Pro Tip: If your kohl mixture feels dry, slowly add water until it’s a consistency you can work with.
If you’re having a hard time getting the perfect lines, use an eyeliner brush for application.
Thicken the line with an eyeshadow brush.
If you want more color in your smokey eyes, use a modern kohl powder and apply with an eyeshadow brush.
Use the traditional kohl as your mascara and apply on the roots of the upper eyelashes. There’s no need to apply this on the bottom.
Finish off with modern mascara to get those lashes looking full and thick.
As Lisa Eldridge said, “The love affair with kohl will never end.”
Watch the full tutorial below and let the master’s voice soothe you.
If this was your first time trying a kohl smokey eye, what did you think? Let us know on Facebook and show us your best smokey eye on Instagram with the hashtag #SmokingForMT! We want to see those looks, ladies.