Have You Tried The Reverse Smokey Eye Yet?

Naaila Khan

A smokey eye is always great – it somehow lends your face this sultry, mysterious air that’s only probably contested by a classic red lip. The caveat though? It takes a considerable amount of practice and could come off looking a bit much for regular days. Plus, those who already have smaller eyes, hooded eyes and monolids – it only makes them appear tinier. (Here are four genius ways you can open up tiny eyes, by the way!)

Well, the magical world of makeup has an alternate offering for you – it’s time you tried the reverse smokey eye! It's especially suited to those girls who have less eyelid to work with. Another plus: You could wear it day or night, for both simpler and dressy occasions – perhaps even to work, depending on how adventurous you are makeup-wise! The best part though, is that it’s way easier to do than an elaborate smokey eye, and you’ll only need about three products.

Makeup artist and all round cool girl Sabrina Suhail demonstrated the look on herself, so you could see exactly how it’s done. You have to try it out!


After prepping your eyelids with primer, apply kohl (Sabrina used Lakmé Eyeconic Kajal) as you normally would on the waterline and below the lower lash line. You can get away with being a little clumsy here because it’s going to be a smudged look anyway. (Perks!)

Use a small, slightly stiff flat brush to apply a soft line of black eyeshadow (we used the Pure Cosmetics Pigment in Black from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics). Brush sideways to buff the colour in below the lower lash line. Create a fade out using small outward strokes and then extend the pigment a little beyond the outer corners of the eyes, making somewhat of a smokey flick but from the bottom. All of this should probably take about 3 minutes! You could also use a glittery shadow to play it up for the night.

Finally, give your eyelids just a wash of slightly shimmery, light-hued shadow to balance the look out – a champagne-coloured one or a light pink one (we used M.A.C Eyeshadow in Girlie) looks pretty.

Now douse your lashes in mascara (we used Dior’s Diorshow Mascara) – coat even the lower lashes in Kim K-style – and that’s it! Go rock your anti-establishment eye makeup.


Makeup and model: Sabrina Suhail

Photographed by Clint Soman.


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